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Volume 41 – #22

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Volume 41#22

February 21 – March 6, 2017

A Permanent-rate stamp commemorating Mathieu Da Costa was issued recently by Canada Post as part of its Black History Month issue. This official first-day cover was cancelled in Tadoussac, Que.

Black History Month, Canadian Opera, Daisies coming next from Canada Post

Canada Post recently issued its annual Black History Month stamp, and this year’s commemoration focuses on a historical figure who continues to fascinate and confound scholars. Little is known about Mathieu Da Costa, but from the few records that remain, historians conclude he was a free man who earned a living as an interpreter for Europeans, who were trading with Indigenous people in the New World. Believed to be of African or even Euro-African descent, his connection to Canada came in 1608 – the year Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Québec – when Da Costa signed a contract to work for Pierre Dugua de Mons, a French fur-trader, explorer and governor of Acadia. “While the full story of Mathieu Da Costa may never be known, interest in his life and in his unique connection with our country is a reminder of the values of respect, acceptance and diversity that Canadians cherish,” said Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. With no portrait of Da Costa available, designer Andrew Perro and illustrator Ron Dollekamp worked closely with Canadian historical illustrator and storyboard artist Francis Back to ensure the period clothing and sailing ship reflect De Costa’s time and socio-economic milieu. As with all stamps issued in 2017, the Black History stamp will contain references to Canada’s sesquicentennial that are only visible with a black light. Continue reading →

Features
Toronto philatelist proposes Chinese Labour Corps stamp
Page 1
‘Every Stamp a Story’ exhibition open now until May
Page 10
British stamps celebrate Bowie a year after his death
Page 19
74th Annual NTSC Exhibition returning to NPSCS March Show
Page 22

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Hobby’s future a topical discussion

As I reflect on another year in philatelic journalism – and as I continue my personal progression from stamp journalist to stamp collector – I believe I’ve gained a bit of understanding about one of the hobby’s longstanding concerns. Please bear in mind this doesn’t mean I think the hobby is in trouble, or that this concern even merits a response. The close-knit Canadian community is indeed thriving, and around the world, things are good, insofar as being “on this side of the dirt” is good. The state of the hobby was perhaps best demonstrated at last year’s World Stamp Show in New York City, where philately proved to be alive and well. And this isn’t coming from me (who unfortunately couldn’t attend, although I’ll see you in Boston in 2026); it’s coming from the show’s attendees and dealers, who are still going on about how busy the bourse was, and how eager collectors were to grow their collections.

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By Robitaille J
Columns
Ian Robertson
News Bites
Stamps part of late mother and daughter actors’ legacy
Page 6
David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Maritime hub’s postal history proves fascinating
Page 8

Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Centennial definitives plentiful, but varieties pose challen
Page 14
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Farewell to a very young stamp collector
Page 17

Robin Harris
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From around the world
Page 18
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