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Volume 41 – #19

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Volume 41#19

January 10 – January 23, 2017

The first 18-digit code version of 2016 British-style horizontal artwork postage labels sold briefly from an experimental kiosk machine at a Vancouver specialty Canada Post centre when it opened Oct. 31.

Collectors on the hunt for ‘experimental’ kiosk stamps

There is a rush on by some dealers and collectors seeking a new series of illustrated “experimental” computer-vended Canadian postage labels. They are being sold from recently-installed dispensers installed on kiosks at three 24-hour “Concept Store” postal stations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Like the previous program launched in late 2012 and cancelled seven months later, there was no official public announcement about the current stamps. Staff were notified internally about the “New print-on-demand postage service at concept stores!” via Canada Post Magazine in October. The colorful ‘print-on-demand’ issues, which feature five different landscape paintings by Canadian artists, first went on sale Oct. 31 at the new downtown Vancouver main post office.They resemble similar self-stick “Post & Go” labels sold in Great Britain for more than 10 years. Continue reading →

Features
Short shelf life of Star Trek stamps helped Canada Post prosper
Page 1
NTSC Winter Bourse contest aims to grow membership
Page 4
The problematic of nude or blank cancellations mail
Page 9
Mourning covers were popular messengers of grief
Page 16

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Collectors, dealers, volunteers ensure the shows will go on

“The goal of a stamp show is to meet the needs of a diverse constituency.” That quote served as the basis for discussion at the recent “Summit on the Future of Philately” spearheaded by the American Philatelic Society (APS). In reviewing the report that came out of the summit, I’m happy to discover the participants deservingly gave a lot of attention to the topic: The future of stamp shows and dealers – How are we doing planning shows? The discussion certainly reveals America’s leading philatelists are not giving up on local and national stamp shows, even though some in the hobby feel the events are being crushed by online auctions and consumer-to-consumer e-commerce sites such as eBay and Amazon. They identified the need to “rebrand shows to something that may attract new collectors.”

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By mwalsh
Columns
Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
First Days features first-day covers of Zanzibar
Page 8
Lewis Tauber
Off the Beaten Track
Independent Tibet offers fascinating forgeries
Page 10

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Palmyra’s beauty shown on stamps before ISIS invasions
Page 14
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Mike Smith
Deltiology
Real photo postcards continue to gain popularity
Page 22
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