Volume 41 – #04

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Volume 41#04

June 14 – June 27, 2016

Les and Trixie Garvey of Garvey & Sons had an ‘above average’ weekend of sales and leads at the inaugural National Postage Stamp and Coin Show held May 13-15, 2016 at Mississauga’s International Centre.

‘Above-average’ National Postage Stamp & Coin Show provides ‘one of the busiest Sundays we’ve seen in a long time’

Expectations were exceeded when the hobbies of coin and stamp collecting joined forces in the Greater Toronto Area for Trajan Media’s three-day National Postage Stamp and Coin Show. Les Garvey, owner of Edmonton’s Garvey & Sons, said he enjoyed an “above-average” weekend, adding the final day, May 15, was “one of the busiest Sundays we’ve seen in a long time.” “Our sales were very good. We saw a lot of new collectors and made a lot of new customers, and we come here often, too,” said Garvey, who added he makes the nearly 3,500-kilometre trip east to Toronto four times each year. “Having more customers is always better for business, and with a lot of new people on our mailing list, it makes things much better. It’s always good to meet new collectors.” Sean Isaacs, owner of Alliance Coin and Banknote, echoed those sentiments, adding the show “exceeded my expectations.” Continue reading →

Birds, dinos highlight Canada Post’s latest animal series
Page 1
1835, 1836 reports on Lower Canada post office purchased by VGG
Page 1
Rare, high-quality material highlights 73rd annual NTSC exhibition
Page 10
Postal history takes pride of place at Eastern Auctions June sale
Page 15

CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
A very different five-point plan

I'm a bit concerned that our ongoing postal review will completely ignore the wants and needs of the stamp collecting community. It stands to reason, Canada Post is a huge organization handling literally millions of pieces of mail every single day. There is no doubt that while mail volumes are dropping, the philatelic market remains just a drop in the bucket. At least if you adopt the approach that the corporation has used for years. But we should turn things around, and look at it a very different way: while most customers are looking for cheaper alternatives, the collector market is willing to pay extra, and often for stamps that never get mailed. Canada Post will be talking all about cost cutting, the Unions will be talking about job retention, and most Canadians will probably think that this whole thing is about home delivery not sustainable profits. So, in all modesty, I have created my own Five Point Plan, to make life better for Canada Post and the collecting community.

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By Bret Evans
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Shakespearean actor was Star Trek’s first Klingon
Page 6
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Basutoland and Lesotho a somewhat elusive pair
Page 8

Jeff Fournier
Show Circuit
National Postage Stamp and Coin Show – a dealer’s perspectiv
Page 11
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Popular wartime film star Hayworth got lots of letters
Page 16

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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