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Volume 37 – #09

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Volume 37#09

August 28 – September 10, 2012

Great Britain’s iconic postal reforms of the mid-19th century were highlighted by Tom Slemons, a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London, during a recent presentation in St. Catharines, Ont.

Royal Mail paints the country gold

Just hours into the Olympic Games, the Royal Mail issued new stamps to celebrate six gold medals Britain had won in London. Won on a Saturday, the stamps were on sale the following Sunday at selected post offices. It is the first time the mother of all posts has issued stamps honouring individual athletes, and only the third time a host nation has issued individual Olympic gold medal stamps. The stamps are offered at more than 500 post office branches, all of which will remain open on Sundays during the Games, the first time Royal Mail branches have been open on any Sunday. Continue reading →

Features
German engineer’s mail finally sees liftoff
Page 11

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Station K closure a sign of the times

On one level is the fact that the Station K building is unique in that the royal cipher ER over the doorway is actually ER VIII, or King Edward VIII. Most of us know him better as the Duke of Windsor, the man who became King of England in the 1930s, and then abdicated to marry the woman he loved, a divorced American commoner. The Brits are pretty tolerant of their royalty, but apparently do have a three-strike rule. Although never actually crowned king, Edward did rule for a short period of time. During that time, Canada Post built Station K, and put his cipher over the door. It is, I am told, the only post office and possibly the only public building in Canada to bear this distinction.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Carolyn Mullin
Looking Back
Edible fruit focus of ‘berry’ good seven-stamp release
Page 6
Carolyn Mullin
Focus On Collecting
Stamps of Iraq marred by busy design, Saddam’s visage
Page 7

Carolyn Mullin
Philatelic Bookshelf
Islands have fascinating multi-themed stamps
Page 9
Carolyn Mullin
Commonwealth Communique
Canadians continue to make mark at APS summer seminar
Page 10

Carolyn Mullin
Stamping Grounds
Damaged for-sale stamps should come with honest explanations
Page 14
Carolyn Mullin
Off The Beaten Track
Old-time matchbox ads display fine art of advertising
Page 16

Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Carolyn Mullin
Philatelic Profile
Goodall’s inspiration rooted in the tactile world around us
Page 22

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