Volume 37#18

January 1 – January 14, 2013

The plane is adorned with the designs of the 10 'Canada 150' stamps issued this spring by Canada Post.

December mail volume expected to hit a billion

The December mail amounts of approximately 25 per cent of Canada Post’s annual retail transactions and nearly 20 per cent of the mail sent into Canada from around the world is during the holiday season. The five biggest mailers to Canada are the United States, Britain, China, Hong Kong and South Korea. According to Cote, the single busiest day for processing mail was expected to be Dec. 13, with the heaviest delivery day being Dec. 21. Continue reading →


Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Stamps disappearing, but the hobby won’t

There is nothing that collectors, Canadian Stamp News, or even Canada Post can do to reverse these long-term trends. However, there is reason to take heart. While the quantity of stamps being issued is dropping, the quality is going up at a staggering rate. By that I mean that we are seeing stamps being produced using interesting security features, such as fluorescent design elements, stamps that interact with our smartphones, and even stamps that we can create on our own, and then have drop-shipped on postcards we create on the fly. These are interesting stamps that catch the imagination.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Commonwealth Communique
Olympic stamps boost Royal Mail’s bottom line
Page 6
Looking Back
Year-end review of 2012 Canadian stamp issues: Part 1
Page 8

Off The Beaten Track
Mysterious bars intersect the joy of discovery
Page 10
Topicals
Seventy-year-old club collects the obvious topic
Page 14

Focus On Collecting
Vatican stamps offer unique perspectives
Page 16
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Grassroots Philately
Remote posts offer Christmas Charity
Page 22
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