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Volume 39 – #22

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Volume 39#22

February 24 – March 9, 2015

The 50th anniversary of the flag is marked with Canada’s first cloth stamp.

Flag anniversary marked by first-ever fabric stamp

Canada’s first-ever fabric stamp is being issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag, on Feb. 15, 2015. The $5 stamp is printed on a specialized satin rayon fabric, applied to a paper backer using adhesives and silicones. The backer is similar to, but thicker, than that used on most self-adhesive stamps. The material is produced by Wausau Coated Products, based in Wisconsin. The design is simple, a large Canadian flag, with the dates 1965-2015 in the lower left corner. The stamp also includes security features which glow when viewed under an ultra-violet light. The high-value stamp is being issued on a souvenir sheet, and on an uncut press sheet. The press sheet is signed by Joan O’Malley, the person who sewed the first prototype of the Canadian flag. Continue reading →

Features
The complexity of Admirals reflected in latest Brigham sale
Page 1
Special cancels show the love
Page 15
Hamilton, Canada Post square off on community mailboxes
Page 17

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Stamps and collectors made for a fun time as editor

After nearly 25 years at Trajan Publishing, nearly half of those as editor of CSN, this is my last column. A fairly long run, considering that I originally hadn’t planned on spending more than a year, or two at most, before going back to regular journalism. I still find it hard to believe that it was 1990 when I first wandered into the office of Trajan. A tiny cramped space compared to now, we had just expanded and you had to walk across the hall to find the second half of the office. We solved that when a guy sent in by the landlord came in and literally knocked a ragged hole in the wall between the two bays. A few months later he came back and installed a wood frame, but that wall was to stand for more than a decade.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Magna Carta copy coming to Canada
Page 16
Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
U.S. Stamps
U.S. 1922 series will keep collectors busy
Page 8

Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Gibraltar remains Britain in the Sun, despite Spaniards’ bes
Page 10
Mike Smith
Deltiology
New year brings exciting discoveries
Page 14

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Montreal designer has built prolific stamp output
Page 22

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