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 →

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