Two collections to go on the block in October sale

An 1871 letter mailed to Scotland from Victoria. The cover has a five-cent overprint on a British Columbia three-pence stamp, to pay for mail leaving the colony, but was carried express by Wells Fargo to the U.S. and then delivered from there. It has a cancelled six-cent U.S. rate to pay for delivery to the U.K.

Eastern Auctions has two collections heavy on postal history coming up in the Oct. 16, sale, the Harvey Poole collection of Canada and British North America, and the Jack Wallace Collection of British Columbia and Vancouver. The Poole collection, first started in the 1950s, has expanded for several decades. As with his Newfoundland collection, sold in 2008, the auction is strong in essays, proofs and imperfs. The collection offers a large selection of presentation booklets. The booklets, produced for government and postal officials include a rare Jubilee booklet, and issues from the 1920s through to the 1950s. The essay section is virtually complete, with only some colour variations missing, as well as many stamps never issued. Lot 39 is a block essay of six two-cent Queen Victoria, printed by Canadian Bank Note in green on thin Japanese paper showing the running horse overprint and sample handstamp. Previously in the Vincent G. Greene collection, it is estimated at $2,000 plus. Continue reading →

Postal history is often underappreciated

I know that stamp collecting doesn’t always have to make sense, but for years I have been confused about postal history. There can be little doubt that postal history is interesting to most collectors. Stand back at almost any stamp event where there are exhibits and watch the people. Most collectors spend a lot of time looking at postal history, particularly where it tells a story. Great rarities may be incredible, but when we look at letters and see them in the context of a human story it means so much more. Those are the exhibits where most people stop, and spend a fair amount of time reviewing. Continue reading →

Modern collectors are not just hunters and gatherers

Today, we take it for granted that stamps are supposed to be relevant to Canadian society. We even spend a fair amount of time thinking about relevance. While it often boils down to a personal opinion about what is relative, there are certain subjects which are pretty much guaranteed because they touch on our Canadian identity. Some of those subjects are easy. Nature, wild animals, the flag, national or provincial symbols are all pretty much beyond discussion. Modern Canadian celebrities are another easy choice, we’re all happy to claim great athletes and popular entertainers. Continue reading →

Kimmerly closes Ottawa store, but remains in the hobby

Elizabeth and Ian Kimmerly spent much of Sept. 27 meeting with old customers.

A philatelic landmark has disappeared from the nation’s capital, with the closing of Ian Kimmerly’s Ottawa stamp shop. For Kimmerly, the closing is both positive and negative. While he will miss the chance to deal with customers, he will also enjoy being able to focus more of his time on stamps. Continue reading →

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