Volume 37#22

February 26 – March 11, 2013

The fifth and final stamp depicts a western honeybee and a New England aster in a photo by Michael Durham.

Stamp kiosks part of Canada Post pilot program

“As you can imagine, Canada Post is constantly looking for innovative ways to provide service to the changing needs of its customers.” Losier said. The kiosks were set up without fanfare or announcement. In fact, Canada Post did not comment on the kiosks officially until a late January announcement on the firm’s Facebook page. Losier said the dispensing machines are manufactured by Wincor Nixdorf, a firm that already supplies dispensers for several European authorities, including France, Britain, and Ireland. Continue reading →


Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Kiosks offer collecting challenges

Now I really do believe that these machines add some fun to collecting. In my perfect world, of course, they would not be necessary. I would much rather see honest-to-goodness post offices staffed by real postal workers within easy reach of all Canadians. In this mythical world, these workers would all be well-versed on philatelic issues, make every effort to ensure that gentle cancels were respected and eager to offer hand-back service. Oh, and the use of a ballpoint pen to cancel a letter would be punishable by a day in the public stocks, while stamp collectors could toss rotten fruit and junk mail at the offender.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Looking Back
View of Rockies breathtaking while driving west of Calgary
Page 6
Off The Beaten Track
The Philatelic Group of Seven finds Utopia
Page 8

First-Day Covers
Victoria’s 1962 centennial celebrated with stamps, covers
Page 10
Commonwealth Communique
Commonwealth countries cast die for strangely shaped stamp
Page 11

Stamping Grounds
Chaplin’s cane, iconic bowler go for $62,500
Page 14
Focus On Collecting
Tabs part of attraction to Israel’s stamps
Page 16

New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Philatelic Profile
Composing rich history through imagery
Page 22

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