Volume 44 – #16

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Volume 44#16

November 26 – December 9, 2019

Toronto collector Derwin Mak created a first-day cover for one of Canada Post’s 2019 holiday stamps, which were issued Nov. 4. The cachet to the left of the cover features a photograph of Mak (left), his friend Theresa (centre) and Karen Kain (right), artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada.

Private cachet-makers stymied in early 1970s

Today, first-day covers are issued alongside stamps by many postal services around the world, including in Canada, where the “official first-day cover” (OFDC) signalled the demise of private cachetmaking in that country. While Canada’s Post Office Department issued its first OFDC nearly 50 years ago, in 1971, its American counterpart only began selling cacheted – or illustrated – first-day covers in the early 2000s. “In fact, it took decades before the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) would sell a first-day cover,” said collector and award-winning exhibitor Derwin Mak, of Toronto. Continue reading →

Calgary club tops 2019 CSN Cover Contest
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Holiday, Hanukkah stamps round out 2019 stamp issues
Page 1
Management changes at Toronto’s Greene Foundation
Page 4
Stamp, OFDC mark Red River sesquicentennial
Page 1

CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Jesse Robitaille
Guest Commentary
Hobby feeling fresh entering 180th year
Page 4
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Prince Albert – Queen Victoria’s husband – born 200 years ag
Page 6

David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Specialized collectors will appreciate Gibbons’ catalogue
Page 8
Mike Smith
Stedman treats abound at Golden Horseshoe show
Page 10

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Art on stamps, including Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa’s
Page 14
Randy Heimpel
Vancouver’s All Nations offers something for all collectors
Page 16

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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