Iconic philatelist, RDP signatory Michael Madesker dies at 96

Michael Madesker stands by his portrait at the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation in Toronto, where it hangs alongside the images of six other iconic philatelists.

Long-time philatelist Michael Madesker, one of Canada’s signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (RDP), has died at age 96. A leading figure in Canadian philately for more than half a century, Madesker died on Dec. 27 at Mackenzie Health Hospital in Richmond Hill, Ont. In his personal hobby, he was an “eclectic” collector, writer and exhibitor, according to the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada (PSSC), an invite-only group Madesker was called to join in 1973. Some of his many areas of philatelic interest included Canadian and Israeli stamp booklets, German States parcel post from 1725-1870 and Venice postal history from 1400-1797, each of which he successfully exhibited at the national and international levels. Continue reading →

More news on Canada’s 2022 stamp program

Jazz singer Eleanor Collins, 102, earned the title of ‘Vancouver’s first lady of Jazz’ in the early 1960s. She will grace Canada’s first 2022 stamp, a Black History Month issue, on Jan. 21.

Canada Post has unveiled the subjects for its 2022 stamp program, which celebrates “some of the country’s most accomplished individuals, historic milestones, holidays, and creatures that share our planet,” according to a recent statement from the Crown corporation. As announced in a preview last summer (“Canada Post unveils 2022 stamp program subjects,” CSN Vol. 46 #7), the 2022 program is set to begin on Jan. 21 with a Black History Month issue featuring Eleanor Collins, Canada’s 102-year-old “first lady of jazz.” The first Canadian woman to have her own national TV show after The Eleanor Show aired in 1955, Collins was also the first black TV host in North America, according to CBC. On Dec. 20, Canada Post issued another statement telling collectors its 2022 line-up will honour “two legendary jazz and blues singers.” One of the other honourees is award-winning jazz, blues and R&B singer Salome Bey, who inspired generations of young Black performers since her first performance in Toronto in 1961. Continue reading →

Canadian philately remains strong as pandemic nears year three

Most of the clubs that transitioned to virtual meetings and other online events throughout the pandemic have either maintained or grown their membership, according to Royal Philatelic Society of Canada President Ed Kroft.

Two years into COVID-19, Canadian philately continues to enjoy strong demand and higher-than-expected values as the hobby builds on the lessons learned in the early days of the pandemic. Despite an ongoing lack of in-person shows, club meetings and other events, collector interest has held strong over the last 12 months. Some organizations, including the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) plus other local stamp clubs, are reporting increased membership as they continue to develop virtual programming. “I think it’s been really strong,” said RPSC President Ed Kroft, whose final term at the helm of the country’s national stamp club comes to a close this June, when the society holds its annual general meeting at CAPEX 22. Continue reading →

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