Witnessing the evolution of stamps in Canada

While the collector in us tends to have a conservative nature, stamps themselves continue to evolve. Today's postage stamps are dramatically different from those that I stuck into album pages as a young boy, which is to be expected. Back then most stamps were printed in one or two colours, self-adhesives just didn't seem to exist, and designs were relatively plain. But today's stamps are also a far cry from even about a dozen years ago, when I first got involved with Canadian Stamp News. By then stamps had already changed quite a bit, from the days of my little stamp album. They were much more colourful, self-adhesive issues were common, and we had even seen unusual shapes and holograms, but some things just didn't seem likely to happen. Continue reading →

Stamp art dazzles at Toronto’s First Post Office

Chen uses pencil crayons to produce her drawings, to which she also affixes cancelled stamps. They are postcard-sized pieces of art, according to one attendee.

Stamps and pencil crayons are helping one artist stay “on the bright side” of things. Oct. 6 was the opening reception for “On the Bright Side: The Stamp Art of Celine Chen,” a new exhibit hosted by the Town of York Historical Society at Toronto’s First Post Office (TFPO). It will be on display until Jan. 20, 2017. “Stamps, to most people, are something they almost cannot relate to anymore,” Chen said. “Honestly, when was the last time I mailed something out?” Nevertheless, her love for stamps – “especially the old ones that have been cancelled” – persists Continue reading →

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