Eastern Auctions has two collections heavy on postal history coming up in the Oct. 16, sale, the Harvey Poole collection of Canada and British North America, and the Jack Wallace Collection of British Columbia and Vancouver. The Poole collection, first started in the 1950s, has expanded for several decades. As with his Newfoundland collection, sold in 2008, the auction is strong in essays, proofs and imperfs. The collection offers a large selection of presentation booklets. The booklets, produced for government and postal officials include a rare Jubilee booklet, and issues from the 1920s through to the 1950s. The essay section is virtually complete, with only some colour variations missing, as well as many stamps never issued. Lot 39 is a block essay of six two-cent Queen Victoria, printed by Canadian Bank Note in green on thin Japanese paper showing the running horse overprint and sample handstamp. Previously in the Vincent G. Greene collection, it is estimated at $2,000 plus. Continue reading →
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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.
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