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Volume 41  – #10

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Volume 41#10

September 6 – September 19, 2016

Canada’s first semi-postal stamps were issued to help pay for Canada’s first Olympic games, hosted by Montreal in 1976.

Semi-postals serve to help communities

he main purpose of stamps, of course, is to prove pre-payment of postage, but sometimes they can do good work for society as well. That is the case of semi-postals, a special sort of stamp that also raises money for good causes. The concept goes back much further than many collectors realize. In 1890, Great Britain issued the first semi-postal, a postcard with a five penny surcharge over the penny postage rate. The extra money was put into a fund to benefit postal workers. The idea caught on quick, and by the early 1900s they were becoming quite popular in Europe. In 1913 Switzerland issued the first semi-postal in the Pro Juvente series. The series, which supports a charity of the same name which provides programs for children with mental and physical handicaps, continues to this day. The first stamps in the series go back even further, to a group of three 10-centime labels with no postage value, sold through the post office. Continue reading →

Features
Large stamp series creates new opportunities
Page 1
Trajan expands space for supplies
Page 4
Critical French public learned to love La Semeuse
Page 16

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
‘Craftsmanship and quality’ key to enticing younger collectors

I usually find myself chuckling as I’m listening to my favourite radio station during my 50-minute morning commute to my St. Catharines office. But I found myself annoyed one recent morning when the hosts were talking about collecting and hobbies. They talked about numerous things people collect, but when the male host mentioned stamps, his counterpart – a young woman likely in her 20s – quickly dismissed stamp collecting as a dead hobby. I was taken back by how contemptuous she was about stamps. It’so easy to dismiss her as being reflective of a generation that spends more time texting and snapchatting with next to no experience in mailing letters. If I had Bluetooth, I likely would have called into the radio show to give an important news flash that our hobby is alive and well. And yes, I know most philatelists have likely experienced similar comments from family, friends and the younger generation. But it doesn’t mean we have to accept it.

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By mwalsh
Columns
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
B.C. stamp design a challenge for designer
Page 6
Michael Nowlan
Philatelic Bookshelf
Last look at books finds deeply researched works
Page 8

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
U.S. Stamps
Breaking down the bluish paper stamps
Page 10
Gary Dickinson
First-Day Covers
Peace tower stamps feature on cacheted covers
Page 11

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Hefty shipping fees discourage bidding
Page 14
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Lewis Tauber
Off the beaten track
Stamps prompt wonder about Wonders
Page 22
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