Volume 47 – #17

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Volume 47#17

December 6 – December 19, 2022

Collector Michael Ratushny found several of this year’s holiday stamps available at a rural Nova Scotia post office in late October, days before their official release.

Christmas comes early for east-coast collector

A Nova Scotia collector found and mailed several of this year’s holiday stamps at a rural post office three days before their official issue date. Canada Post released a religious “Christmas Star” stamp plus a secular “Holiday Birds” set with domestic-, U.S.- and international rate stamps as part of its annual holiday issue on Nov. 1 (“Holiday issues continue 58-year philatelic tradition,” CSN Vol. 47 #16, Nov. 22, 2022). But one collector tracked down each of the four issues three days earlier, on Oct. 29, while making a stop on a nearly 500-kilometre drive to a stamp show from his home in Sydney, N.S. “On my early morning trip from Sydney to the South Shore Stamp Club’s Stampex 22, being held in Bridgewater, N.S., I needed to obtain the most recent issue of stamps in order to make up a few souvenir covers for my collection from the event using their pictorial cancel,” said collector Michael Ratushny. “So I pulled off the highway and went into one of the many quaint villages along the south shore and checked out the post office.” Continue reading →

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Pick Our Brain
Do you have a collecting question?
Page 4
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 22
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
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Page 6
Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
Remote island source of rare mail
Page 8

Mike Smith
Fall postcard shows rejuvenate hobby
Page 11
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Some stamps, collectors linked to murders
Page 14

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Jesse Robitaille
People & Philately
Stamps as propaganda in countries worldwide
Page 22

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