Volume 40 – #21

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Volume 40#21

February 9 – February 22, 2016

While several earlier Canadian flights carried mail, the 1918 flight from Montreal to Toronto was the first officially sanctioned to carry mail. This rather routine-looking cover is given some flash with the addition of two special triangular cancels.

Riel Rebellions rarities, postal history dominate Eastern’s February sale

Western Canadian postal history will dominate Eastern Auctions’ Feb. 19 sale, as well as several interesting Canadian and world lots. According to Eastern’s Yohann Tanquay, the western postal history includes a fair number of unusual and scarce items, including an essay for a stamp issue from the Riel era. The collections are from the estate of Dr. Don Thompson, which includes rarities from the first and second Riel Rebellions, many of them part of his award-winning exhibit. The red stamp, showing a head of liberty with the words “Republique Canadienne / Canadian Republic,” was printed in red without a denomination. It is believed to date from the first rebellion of 1869. There are two examples, one on watermarked paper, with an estimate of $1,000, and one on un-watermarked wove paper with an estimate of $750. Continue reading →

Canada post delays shipping of new-issue philatelic orders
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Stamp honours Black Canadian unit in First World War
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London will host new national philatelic exhibition
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Black men had to fight establishment to fight war
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CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
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The hobby is evolving

or years, I have maintained that stamp collecting isn't about to die out, but it is evolving. It is easy to complain that young people are no longer collecting stamps, but I don't think that young collectors have ever played much of a role in the financial health of the hobby. Young collectors usually have limited financial means and even years ago, rarely bought high-end stamps.

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By Bret Evans
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
More plaques to mark Fathers of Confederation’s homes
Page 6
Mike Smith
Elusive cards’ appearance rewards patience
Page 10

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
$8.4M refit has famous British ‘loco’ on track again
Page 14
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Lewis Tauber
Off the Beaten Track
Valentines send a variety of messages
Page 22

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