Volume 37#12

October 9 – October 22, 2012

Join the British Empire Study Group on June 13 at 6 p.m. ET for “Censorship in the Solomons 1939 – 1945” with Ian Kimmerly.

Picture postage line gets jazzed up in time for holidays

Canada Post has jazzed up the picture postage line up with new formats, new values, and new frames. In fact, nearly 100 new value and format combinations now exist. According to the Crown corporation, picture postage is now available with 12 new designs and three new formats. Canadians can choose between permanent domestic rate, United States rate, international rate, and oversize rate. As for formats, the stamps are now offered in sheets of 25 stamps plus a souvenir sheet of 50, a sheet of 50, and in booklets of 12 stamps. The new booklet format allows customers to have a different image on the cover than on the stamps, and has a personalized caption. Continue reading →

Stamps mark regiments’ 150 years of service
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CSN Marketplace
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Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
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Weekend warriors deserve as much honour as any soldier

What makes the honouring of these regiments is that while the Canadian army did maintain two regular force Black Watch battalions for a few years, today these regiments are made up of citizen soldiers. Sometimes – and not always affectionately – referred to as weekend warriors. These young men and women train evenings and weekends, for them the army is a part-time job or hobby. It is a tradition that goes back a long time. Canada had an active militia even before the War of 1812. Since then, in every crisis, the part-time soldier has been called on time and time again. Sometimes, such as in the Second World War, entire units have been activated; other times, such as Afghanistan, much smaller units, or even individuals, have been called upon.

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By Bret Evans
Looking Back
‘Plain Jane’ Marie Dressler parlayed comedic talents into...
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Commonwealth Communique
Royal Mail keeps going for gold with Paralympic stamps
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J.W. Bald postcards work magic with photos
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Stamping Grounds
A per-fect explanation for those holes and slits
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Off The Beaten Track
Citrus taxes – and stamps – squeezed Florida fruit growers
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New Issues
From around the world
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Philatelic Profile
West Coast designer’s understated elegance wrapped in var...
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