The Garcelon sale brings to a close a stamp story that started in 1932 when Ralph O. Garcelon, a collector who discovered he liked buying and selling stamps more than collecting them, opened up the Garcelon Stamp Company, in St. Stephen, N.B. At first he worked out of a room on the family farm, but by the 1950s the company had its own building and more than 60 employees. The company continued to grow, moving into a larger building in 1962. Much of Garcelon’s business was done in the United States. St. Stephen is a border town, and Garcelon used a post office box in Calais, Maine, to sell US stamps to customers. He was an aggressive advertiser, appearing in newspapers, magazines, and comic books all over North America. Continue reading →
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I urge all stamp club members to read Frank Tonge’s story on the Penticton and District Stamp Club on page 19 of this issue of Canadian Stamp News. It’s a recipe for growing your club’s profile in the community. I often hear comments from stamp club members concerned about the longevity of their organizations. Clubs, such …
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