The most-hated question in stamp collecting

ne of the questions I hate is that old standby “what do you collect?” Usually, I hear it in conjunction with a coin or stamp event, so I have some context. In most cases the other person is curious about what the editor likes, but I have to admit it is a good way to... Continue reading →

Macdonald’s legacy not stuff of idealistic mythology

As founding fathers go, Sir John A. Macdonald was not exactly a heroic figure. He drank too much, was pretty wilful, his entire military career consisted of a short time as a private soldier mostly conducting routine patrols, and he even got tainted with a massive political scandal just a few years after Canada was... Continue reading →

Canada Post mark’s John A.’s 200th

The stamp marking John A. Macdonald’s 200th birthday will be cancelled on official first-day covers with a Kingston postmark, paying tribute to the Ontario city where Canada’s first prime minister spent his formative years.

Canada Post has released a new stamp marking the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister and a Father of Confederation. Designed by Montreal-based Paprika, the predominantly earth-toned stamp features a portrait of “Sir John A.” with the dates 1815-2015. The self-adhesive stamps with simulated perforations were printed by Canadian Bank... Continue reading →

U.S. auctioneers open the year with Canadian lots

Both pilots were shown on stamps made for the ill-fated London to London flight.

Canadian collectors will be keeping an eye south of the border this month, as three U.S. auction houses are offering Canadian stamps. On Jan 21-22 Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, of Danbury, Conn., will be offering the first part of the Boca collection, including Canadian and British North American stamps and postal history. Spink USA also... Continue reading →

Keep the crown in Crown corporation

Here in Canada we hear a lot about postal transformation, but we’ve also been largely sheltered from the sort of changes that are taking place around the world. Take Europe, for example. Today’s Europe is a confusing place, with a European Union that seems able to make the most incredible economic decisions that are binding... Continue reading →

2014 saw big rate hike, sports stamps aplenty

Canada Post marked the return of the CFL to Ottawa with stamps depicting a Redblacks player and the new team’s logo.

The big news in 2014, for collectors and mail users alike, was a whopping increase in postage rates. As announced late in the previous year, money-losing Canada Post intended to increase the price of mailing a 30-gram domestic first-class letter from 63 cents to 85 cents, a 35 per cent hike only if customers bought... Continue reading →

Personalized postage creates new hurdles

Publishing deadlines being what they are, this issue has a Dec. 30 cover date, is being prepared the first week in December, and will go in the mail the middle of the month, making this the last issue you will receive before Christmas. I couldn’t quite bring myself to do my Seasons Greetings thing in... Continue reading →

Back of the book does well in third Brigham sale

A corner block of this 14-cent war tax, with the overprint shifted, vanDam #FX28, sold for $600.

The third sale of the Ron Brigham Collection featured material acquired but never publicly shown by Brigham, who was a prolific and successful exhibitor of Canadian stamps. Unlike the two previous sales, held at the Toronto Airport Hilton Hotel, the third sale was held Nov. 22, at the Brampton Golf Club. At the second sale,... Continue reading →

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