Family cheers stamp honouring likely first Black Canadian letter carrier

From left to right: Great-granddaughter Shawne Jackson-Troiano, her brother Jay Jackson and Lawrence Jackson, who's letter carrier Albert Jackson's only surviving grandson, attended the unveiling of a stamp depicting their ancestor.

Ahistoric Toronto building echoed with applause and music for the launch of a commemorative honouring a man “thought to be Canada’s first Black letter carrier,” the 10-stamp booklets note. Albert Calvin Jackson’s descendants and four Members of Parliament were among more than 300 people attending the 2019 Black History Month stamp, which was launched Jan. 24. Designed by Andrew Perro and illustrated by Ron Dollekamp, the Permanent commemorative was released the following day and shows Jackson in uniform while holding letters. “This is like a family reunion,” Canada Post communications vice-president Jo-Anne Polak said in her opening address. Continue reading →

Rare Dornier Do X inverted surcharge error to cross block this February

A 1932 Dornier Do X inverted surcharge error (Scott #C12a) with a catalogue value of $60,000 will be offered as Lot 507 of Eastern Auctions’ two-day general sale this February.

Described by auctioneers as “an exceptionally fresh and well-centred mint never hinged example,” a Dornier Do X inverted surcharge error will be offered at auction in New Brunswick this February. To cross the block as Lot 507 of Eastern Auctions’ two-day general sale, the overprinted stamp is Newfoundland’s 1931 $1 “Historic Transatlantic Flights” issue (Scott #C11) with a 50-cent surcharge (Scott #C12) that was erroneously inverted (Scott #C12a). “This is in as good a condition as you’ll find for that stamp,” said auctioneer Gary Lyon, owner of Bathurst, N.B.-based auction house, who added the stamp is “without question, one of the finest existing examples of this rare error.” Continue reading →

‘Immaculate Provenance’ to highlight next Eastern sale

A mint 12-penny black issued by the Province of Canada in 1851 will cross the block as part of Eastern Auctions’ second sale of the Highlands Collection this February. To be offered as Lot 234, it has a catalogue value of $300,000.

In what’s described by auctioneers as “immaculate condition with impeccable and illustrious provenance,” a mint 12-penny black issued by the Province of Canada in 1851 will cross the block in New Brunswick this February. To be offered by Eastern Auctions, the 168-year-old imperforate stamp on handmade laid paper is “a truly remarkable example of this keenly sought-after classic stamp,” said auctioneer Gary Lyon. Aside from its “unusually choice” condition, part of this stamp’s appeal is its provenance, which is the theme of this second 360-lot offering of the Highlands Collection. “Condition-wise, it’s one of the best examples available,” said Lyon, who’s the owner of the Bathurst, N.B.-based auction house. Continue reading →

Canadian winners at Thailand 2018

From left to right: Sam Chiu, Charles Verge and David McLaughlin, all members of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) international liaison, comprised The RPSC delegation at the 75th FIP Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

Several Canadian exhibitors, including three literature entries, received noteworthy honours at the Thailand 2018 world stamp exhibition late last year. Specifically, in the adult multi-frame category, Canadian representatives were “very satisfied” with the country’s performance, said David McLaughlin, chair of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s (RPSC) international liaison. Of the five Canadian multi-frame exhibits, two were first-time entries to a Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) show. Altogether, there were two gold winners; one large vermeil winner; one vermeil winner; and another large silver winner. “The two golds were strong golds with 93 points each, and one of our new exhibits won a large vermeil the first time out, making it eligible for expansion to eight frames in future exhibitions,” said McLaughlin, who served as Canada’s national commissioner for Thailand 2018. Continue reading →

‘Best Small Queen cover’ tops estimate at Eastern sale

An 1875 registered cover paying the correct 30-cent rate to Norway and featuring a se-tenant pair as well as a single 10-cent pale milky rose lilac Small Queen realized $28,000 as part of Eastern Auctions’ Nov. 8-10 sale.

Dubbed by auctioneers as “the best Small Queen cover” in existence, Lot 887 of the Nov. 8-10 sale by Eastern Auctions realized $28,000. A registered cover, it was mailed to Tonsberg, Norway, in July 1875 and includes a se-tenant pair as well as a single 10-cent pale milky rose lilac Small Queen from the Montreal printings. Paying the correct rate to Norway, the stamps and the postal markings offer outstanding eye-appeal, according to auction cataloguer Yohann Tanguay. “I am not one bit surprised knowing the importance and status of this great cover among seasoned Small Queen collectors,” said Tanguay. “If my knowledge serves me right, this has now become the most valuable cover franked solely with Small Queen stamps.” Continue reading →

‘National Stamp Club Challenge’ issued by Canpex organizers

The 'National Stamp Club Challenge' will be held in conjunction with Canpex 2019, which is slated for next Oct. 19-20.

The Canpex organizing committee has issued a challenge to clubs across Canada for what will be the fourth gathering since the show was reinvented in 2016. Dubbed the “National Stamp Club Challenge,” the new nationwide initiative will be held in conjunction with Canpex 2019, which is slated for next Oct. 19-20. “This fun event provides an opportunity for club members to become more involved in our great hobby,” said Canpex co-chair John Sheffield. “I know there are a lot of club members who have never exhibited, and this is their opportunity to put their little toe in the water.” Continue reading →

Uniform four-penny post sets stage for comprehensive reform

This cover was mailed from Ipswich to Norfolk on the first day of the uniform four-penny post as indicated by the ‘P4’ in the bottom-left corner.

The first “real reform” of Great Britain’s postal system came in December 1839, when the uniform four-penny post was implemented. The short-lived change, which was in effect for only 36 days – from Dec. 5 until Jan. 9, 1840 – saw the end of rates calculated by distance. Instead, postage was now charged based on weight – four pence for pre-paid letters up to half an ounce – and there was no penalty for multiple sheets. What’s more, for mail with rates already less than four pence, the existing lower rates applied. Before the uniform four-penny post was implemented, the Select Committee, of which Sir Rowland Hill was a member, did an “amazing investigation of the number of letters mailed,” said Tom Slemons, a U.S.-based director of the Great Britain Collectors Club. Continue reading →

$25K expected for ‘best Small Queen cover’

A registered cover mailed to Tonsberg, Norway, in July 1875 is one of only three examples still in existence after being mailed to continental Europe prior to the Universal Postal Union’s establishment. Described as ‘the best Small Queen cover,’ it’s expected to bring $25,000 at auction.

What’s widely regarded by experts as the greatest, most important Small Queen cover is expected to bring $25,000 during a general sale hosted by New Brunswick’s Eastern Auctions this November. Offered as Lot 887 of the Nov. 9-10 sale, this “phenomenal” registered cover was mailed to Tonsberg, Norway, in July 1875. It includes a se-tenant pair along with a single 10-cent pale milky rose lilac Small Queen from the Montreal printings. The single is tied by a “superb” straight-line “REGISTERED” hand stamp, and the pair is tied by three strikes of a Halifax split-ring dispatch circular date stamp (CDS). The cover also displays an oval registered “7 AU 75” London transit stamp in red as well as red crayon accountancy marks. Continue reading →

Pre-reform mail system fraught with inefficiency

Great Britain’s iconic postal reforms of the mid-19th century were highlighted by Tom Slemons, a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London, during a recent presentation in St. Catharines, Ont.

Great Britain’s postal reforms in the second half of the 1830s – just before the beginning of the postage stamp era – allowed communication to flourish while transforming the empire into a mobile society. These reforms were the subject of a June 22 presentation by Tom Slemons, a U.S.-based director of the Great Britain Collectors Club and a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London. Continue reading →

Once-in-a-lifetime ‘Opportunity’ in first part of Eastern’s ‘Highlands Collection’ sale

An imperforate example of the 1865 Vancouver Island five-cent rose stamp (Scott #3) is expected to bring $125,000 as Lot 8 of Eastern Auctions’ Nov. 8-10 sale.

One of the rarest mint pieces in all of British North America philately, an “outstanding” imperforate example of the 1865 Vancouver Island five-cent rose stamp (Scott #3), is expected to bring $125,000 at auction this November. Described by auctioneers as “a handsome and peerless example with impeccable provenance,” the stamp comes from the famed Gerald Wellburn Collection. It will be offered by New Brunswick’s Eastern Auctions in the first part of the Highlands Collection of British North America on Nov. 8. Continue reading →

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