Volume 37#23

March 12 – March 25, 2013

The American Topical Association is seeking nominations for its highest honour, the Distinguished Topical Philatelist Award.

Kiosk stamps pilot project marked with first-day cover

Canada Post has launched the official first-day cover (OFDC) bearing one of the stamps dispensed from its kiosks, part of a pilot project running in major cities. The cover, which had been the subject of some speculation, shows a kiosk stamp with a value of 61 cents, the domestic rate when the first prototypes of the kiosk went into operation in December. In mid-January, all kiosks started charging postage at the 2013 rate. The cover’s cancel, which has a Canada Post logo in the centre, is dated Dec. 12, 2012, the day the first kiosk went “live” in Toronto. Continue reading →


Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Canada’s mail ship is listing dangerously

Sometimes, I have to admire Deepak Chopra’s decision to take the helm of Canada Post. With all respect to Moya Greene, what he took over was a sinking ship with a striking crew. Still above water to be sure, but taking on water. The real challenge remains the corporation’s difficult relations with its staff. To continue the analogy, it is as if the captain and the crew, both of whom recognize that the ship it taking on water, can’t agree if they should plug the hole, man the pumps, or shut the watertight doors. Unable to agree, they end up pumping a bit, closing a few doors, and making the hole a bit smaller, but still continue to take on water. Meanwhile, the ship is still steaming through iceberg-infested water and more hits are to be expected.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Philatelic Bookshelf
Late philatelist’s research provides insight to Royal Tra...
Page 6
Looking Back
Château guests included Benjamin Franklin
Page 8

Deltiology
Canada’s biggest postcard publisher wasn’t homegrown
Page 10
Focus On Collecting
Stamp popularity is a matter of choice
Page 11

News Bites
15th-century British king’s remains found under parking lot
Page 14
Philatelic Profile
Photographer captures Canada’s faces, one town at a time
Page 16

New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Grassroots Philately
Five initiatives open door to new collecting opportunities
Page 22

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