Volume 40 – #19

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Volume 40#19

January 12 – January 25, 2016

Lot 27 features the Edward VII accepted designs in large record die proofs, in black on thin glazed card approximately 65 by 75 mm (20 cent is slightly smaller), all from the hardened state with American Bank Note Co. Ottawa imprint and appropriate die number. This is one of three known complete sets, with the auction firm noting ‘this being the largest size.’ Lot 27 has an estimated value of $20,000.

Edward VII under the hammer at next Brigham sale

Another two-part catalogue of the Brigham Collection of Canada will feature the Edward VII (1903-11) and Queen Elizabeth II (1953-95) collections. “Probably the greatest Edward VII collection ever assembled, it is replete with unique items such as the 1901 Composite Essay Presentation Panel which debunks the long-held belief that the post office had no intention of issuing new stamps until the contract ran out with the printer in 1902,” says Charles Verge, chief executive officer of Brigham Auctions, Ltd. The seventh sale of what is considered one of the finest collections ever assembled, Ron Brigham’s philatelic material has garnered numerous national and international awards and recognitions. The sale will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Brampton Golf Club in Brampton, Ont. The 396-lot auction kicks off at 1 p.m. Continue reading →

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CSN Marketplace
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Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
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Mail’s decline keenly felt at Christmastime

I come from a large family with my siblings living across Ontario and Alberta. Each year, my “out-west” sister-in-law faithfully sends a Christmas card to my wife and I, accompanied with a photo and a one-page, one-sided letter featuring that year’s “family highlights.” Not this year, however. Instead, I received by email a really cool Christmas card video. The video starts in a nice, rustic living room decked out in Christmas decorations with a jolly, live Santa Claus poking the fire, before he takes a seat in his comfy chair and reaches for a newspaper, called the Walsh Family Herald.

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First-day covers portray Japanese arts, culture
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Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
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