Volume 37#01

May 8 – May 21, 2012

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled some of its stamps slated for release in 2018.

Arbour, Fox among 4 honoured for making a difference

Four more living Canadians have been honoured on stamps, this time honouring “difference-makers,” to be issued May 22. The stamps depict Rick Hansen, Michael J. Fox, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, and Louise Arbour. Hansen, who became famous for his Man in Motion World Tour, later established the Rick Hansen Foundation. Fox has committed his life to campaigning for increased research into Parkinson’s disease. Watts-Cloutier is a champion of aboriginal and human rights. Arbour was an International Criminal Tribunals prosecutor for war crimes that took place in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Continue reading →

Features
Kimmerly honoured at Orapex show
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Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Expertising a needed and growing service

The expertising service is on the front line of the war against those people who alter stamps, often seeking windfall profits as a result of some of this tampering. I’m not talking about someone who soaks a stamp to clean off grime, or even may use an eraser to eliminate a tiny pencil mark. There are people out there who intentionally alter the colour of a stamp, or remove a cancellation, or even change the back of a stamp to a different sort of paper. The problem is, even experts can make a mistake. For that reason most services are prepared to explain the reasons behind their decision, and even agree to reconsider when a reasonable case is presented. But one big advantage of having a stamp expertised is that it can be bought and sold with a fair amount of confidence that it is the genuine item.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Looking Back
Ontario Science Centre: Four decades of interactive curio...
Page 6
Commonwealth Communique
Australia Post pulls out all stops for World Stamp Exhibit..
Page 8

Philatelic Profile
Fishauf parlays natural ability into inspiring designs
Page 10
Stamping Grounds
Eisenhower on Canadian stamp sheet
Page 14

Off The Beaten Track
Tax stamps connect philatelists and phillumenists
Page 16
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

The World Of Stamps
J.R. Hooper: Lies, suspicions, acquittal and conviction
Page 22
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