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Volume 39 – #20

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Volume 39#20

January 27 – February 9, 2015

The stamp marking John A. Macdonald’s 200th birthday will be cancelled on official first-day covers with a Kingston postmark, paying tribute to the Ontario city where Canada’s first prime minister spent his formative years.

Canada Post mark’s John A.’s 200th

Canada Post has released a new stamp marking the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister and a Father of Confederation. Designed by Montreal-based Paprika, the predominantly earth-toned stamp features a portrait of “Sir John A.” with the dates 1815-2015. The self-adhesive stamps with simulated perforations were printed by Canadian Bank Note Company using five-colour lithography on Tullis-Russell paper. The date 2015 and copy mark are microprinted on Macdonald’s shirt, to the left of the tie. Continue reading →

Features
Ottawa auctioneer opens 2015 with sale at new location
Page 1
Year of the Ram sticks to panes for domestic stamps
Page 5
Cost of all 2014 issues nearly doubles 2013 stamps
Page 6

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Macdonald’s legacy not stuff of idealistic mythology

As founding fathers go, Sir John A. Macdonald was not exactly a heroic figure. He drank too much, was pretty wilful, his entire military career consisted of a short time as a private soldier mostly conducting routine patrols, and he even got tainted with a massive political scandal just a few years after Canada was formed. I sort of like that about him. He’s colourful rather than heroic.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Robben Island has long history of post and prisons
Page 8
Gary Dickinson
First-Day Covers
Maples a prolific presence on Canadian cachets
Page 10

Lewis Tauber
Off the beaten track
Lundy package provides puffin-mania ponderings
Page 14
Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
U.S. Stamps
Politics were at play in Pictorial purge
Page 17

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Airmail flew in many forms – even rocket mail
Page 22

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