Volume 38#08

August 13 – August 26, 2013

The stamp depicts the Mekhitarist Congregation in Venice.

Experts verify authenticity of rare 2-cent Large Queen

The soaking test is done to see if the stamp reacts to water in the same manner as genuine laid paper, including the way it curls. Re-backed stamps, made by thinning a genuine stamp and attaching it to thinned blank laid paper, either curls differently or separates when soaked. A recognized one-cent Large Queen on laid paper was used as a control to evaluate the stamp. “The submitted two-cent stamp displayed no properties of a rebacked stamp when placed in water,” the report stated. “Obviously it did not separate from any rebacking. Further it was soaked several times. It never curled in an unusual manner. It did not reject water in any area of the stamp. It dried in the same consistent manner as the genuine one-cent laid paper copy each time it was soaked.” Continue reading →


Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Canada Post goes its own way

What I see is a corporation that while begging for public input, is still moving along a predetermined path. Post offices are closing, never to be reopened, sorting is being moved to fewer and fewer centralized facilities, and more and more Canadians are being sent to centralized clusters of mailboxes. Not because we want it, but because Canada Post decided that was what we would get, long before they ever made a pretense of asking our opinions.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Looking Back
Colville’s stark realism defied timely trends
Page 6
Focus On Collecting
Saskatchewan prairie scenes a common stamp theme
Page 8

Commonwealth Communique
Europa stamps deliver theme on postal vans
Page 9
Tonge in Cheek
Northern land of opportunity not for me
Page 11

News Bites
Two 20th-century popes honoured with sainthood
Page 14
Topicals
Topical popularity gains ground in Canada
Page 17

New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Deltiology
Postcard messages can hold pleasant surprises
Page 22

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