Volume 40 – #07

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Volume 40#07

July 28 – August 10, 2015

In 2008, after aerophilatelist Chris Hargreaves began researching the ‘D.w.’ handstamp, one theory suggested the marking was made by a private collector. But why would a collector cover a stamp if there was ample space on the cover?

Aerophilatelic mystery close to being solved

There’s mystery in the air. Or at least that’s where it was. Now the mystery has turned to the ground, but aerophilatelists are hot on its tail, following close behind in hopes of solving what one philatelist called “a mystery worthy of a Sherlock Holmes novel.” And as Robert Timberg, Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) executive manager, explained further: “As no one really knows what the letters stand for, however, it’s a mystery all should find fascinating whether they’re into aerophilately or not.” After more than half a decade of researching the “D.w.” handstamp found on 44 covers from the Winnipeg area dating back to the 1930s, Chris Hargreaves, a member of the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society (CAS), said there might finally be some solid answers. Continue reading →

Canada Post pulls stamp with wrong park image
Page 1
Scammers target CSDA members
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George V features on some of Canada’s most popular stamps
Page 3
‘Exraordinary’ 31st Gärtner auction tops $11 million
Page 4
Collector of Official stamps acquires new variety position
Page 10

CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Stamp collecting is so much more than child’s play

“An adult would never waste his time collecting stamps.” At least that was the feeling during the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt began collecting stamps as an eight-year-old. “At the time, collecting was thought to be a child’s hobby,” says Anthony Musso, author of FDR and the Post Office, a historical account of Roosevelt’s devotion to stamps and the post office. The author describes how FDR’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, introduced the hobby to her son, whom years later would become the longest serving president of the United States.

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By mwalsh
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Prairie provinces joined Canada 110 years ago
Page 6
Michael Nowlan
Philatelic Bookshelf
A celebratory year for Stanley Gibbons
Page 8

Mike Smith
Rediscovering the appeal of First Nation postcards
Page 11
Ian Robertson
News Bites
Hefty prices paid for locks of composers’ hair
Page 14

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Jesse Robitaille
Philatelic Profile
‘Pampered’ boy, now 90, shares knowledge with fellow philate
Page 22

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