Volume 37#20

January 29 – February 11, 2013

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

Magnolias bloom on new flower stamps

New releases for the new year honour great Canadians, celebrate our birth months and help us see the flowery side of life. First, on Feb. 1, Canada Post will issue two stamps for Black History Month. This year’s stamps will honour jazz great Oliver Jones and Seraphim “Joe” Fortes, the longtime lifeguard and swimming instructor at Vancouver’s English Bay. The two men are featured in more detail elsewhere in this issue, (See Richard Logan’s article on page 16). Continue reading →

Features
Jazz pianist, lifeguard share Black History honours
Page 16

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Overindulgent stamp issues not always bad

I have to admit that I am a big fan of the British television series Dr. Who. For most of my life I have been watching a succession of “doctors” battle a selection of British actors in rubber masks through space or time. The series, which is now 50 years old, obviously has staying power. Now I am not a “Whovian,” the name given to hardcore fans, many of who dress up as their favourite characters and attend events. Frankly, I think those folks have taken the idea of liking something to a bit of an extreme. I do, whoever, have a Dr. Who poster in my bedroom, but that’s as far as it goes. Really, you have to believe me on this.

Continue reading →

By Bret Evans
Columns
Commonwealth Communique
Sometimes viewed with suspicion, Nigeria has a lot to offer
Page 6
Focus On Collecting
Egypt’s ancient history prominent on its stamps
Page 7

Looking Back
Cost of collecting one of each jumped significantly in 2012
Page 8
Off The Beaten Track
Early 20th-century Valentines range from sentimental to drea
Page 10

News Bites
Late Canadian film producer almost forgotten
Page 14
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Grassroots Philately
Homemade mailers produce great results, significant savings
Page 22
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