Volume 39 – #17

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Volume 39#17

December 16 – December 29, 2014

A corner block of this 14-cent war tax, with the overprint shifted, vanDam #FX28, sold for $600.

Back of the book does well in third Brigham sale

The third sale of the Ron Brigham Collection featured material acquired but never publicly shown by Brigham, who was a prolific and successful exhibitor of Canadian stamps. Unlike the two previous sales, held at the Toronto Airport Hilton Hotel, the third sale was held Nov. 22, at the Brampton Golf Club. At the second sale, held this spring, Brigham had said he would be moving to a different location. “The house was full, and there was lots of Internet bidding,” Charles Verge, chief operating officer of the firm, said. “Part of that too was that it had something for everyone, because it wasn’t just Queens or Admirals,” he said. “Plus a lot of the items hadn’t seen the light of day for some time.” Continue reading →

Private cover marks school anniversary
Page 1
Designers of NHL stamps leave their mark at national show
Page 4
Book does museum’s storytelling
Page 5

CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Lauding homemade covers with a design contest

This edition of Canadian Stamp News contains a report on covers created by Ottawa’s Irv Osterer, a prolific collector with an artistic side. Regular readers will probably have figured out this isn’t the first time Irv’s work has appeared in CSN, not even the first time this year. The reason is that Irv is prolific, and that I like the idea of collectors taking ownership of the hobby by creating their own covers. It is perhaps one of the big advantages of picture postage, and it can be a lot of fun. It also occurs to me that Irv is nowhere near unique. I know of two other collectors who are doing the same, and I am sure there are plenty more, many of them CSN readers.

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By Bret Evans
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Canada introduced annual Christmas stamps a half-century a
Page 6
Mike Smith
Gallant soldiers assemble for group photos
Page 8

Lewis Tauber
Off the Beaten Track
Stamps take central role against the enemy
Page 10
Gary Dickinson
First-Day Covers
Bell stamp prompted wave of first-day covers
Page 14

Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Small multi-nation issues make it easy to downsize
Page 17
Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Collector shared joys of the hobby with younger set
Page 22

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