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Volume 40 – #14

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Volume 40#14

November 3 – November 16, 2015

Throughout its illustrious history, Canada Post has continuously explored new modes of transportation, including (clockwise from top left) a Royal Mail sledge (Library and Archives Canada, Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana, Acc. No. R9266-4212); the Royal Mail steamer Coriscan (Patent and Copyright Office/Library and Archives Canada/C-010370); a winter crossing of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1970-188-2076 W.H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana); and a Canadian Airways airplane (Hayward Studios/Library and Archives Canada).

Canadian postal history evolves with transportation

This week, and most other weeks of the year, Canada’s postal couriers will travel more than 1.6 million kilometres during their dispatches from coast to coast to coast, ensuring the country’s postal services remain intact. That’s about 86 million kilometres – more than half the distance to the sun – travelled each year on behalf of Canada Post. And with about 6,000 post offices scattered across the country, there’s more to the Crown corporation’s network than its thousands of dedicated postal workers. Various modes of transportation – everything from carriages to dog sleds and airplanes – have played a significant role in moving mail across Canada. Continue reading →

Features
‘Snake’-like perfs vary on die-cut coil stamps, study shows
Page 1
Bold, amusing holiday stamps feature three ‘Canadian beasts’
Page 3
Sale includes key Nova Scotia postal history lots
Page 11

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Collecting older stamps key to hobby’s future

By Bret Evans In my mind, the biggest challenge facing stamp collecting today is the shortage of postally used stamps. That probably doesn’t come as news to most stamp collectors and the reasons are obvious. First off, mail volumes are continually dropping. I’m a prime example. I don’t mail more than one or two letters …

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By Jim Szeplaki
Columns
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Many Edward VIII stamps never left the post office
Page 6
Michael Nowlan
Philatelic Bookshelf
Author shares thorough study on outstanding cover designer
Page 8

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Even stamps offer seasonal scares
Page 14
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Lewis Tauber
Off The Beaten Track
Day of the Dead has parallels in Halloween
Page 22
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