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Volume 41 – #08

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Volume 41#08

August 9 – August 22, 2016

The anniversary of Canada’s second-largest postal union was commemorated in 2002. It is the only workers union to be given specific recognition on a Canadian postage stamp.

Workers on stamps tell story of Canada’s evolution

As Canadians prepare for Labour Day weekend, few people remember it was originally set up to honour unionized workers and had its origin in strife. The first labour parade in Canada was held in 1872 to rally behind a strike by the Toronto Printer’s Union in support of a nine-hour work day. For years, it was held on May 1 – the traditional day it was celebrated in Europe in the late 19th century – but eventually, it was moved to the end of summer. In 1894, Parliament made Labour Day a national statutory holiday to be marked on the first Monday of September. Canada’s early economy was based on agriculture. Even in the early part of the 1900s, a significant portion of our population still worked on the production of food. Canadian industry was only just beginning to take off, and the business of farming was based on horsepower as well as manpower. This was reflected on the 20-cent stamp of the 1928 Scroll Issue (Unitrade #157), which shows farm workers harvesting wheat using a horse-drawn wagon. Continue reading →

Features
Beaver gets little respect when it comes to philatelic honours
Page 1
Vancouver Aquarium stamp features superb photo
Page 6
Postal history sets no limit to collecting subjects
Page 16

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
CP’s Star Trek journey ‘hailing on all frequencies’

Canada Post’s Star Trek 50th Anniversary series is a hit with Canadian collectors as well as our friends south of the border. This was evident at the World Stamp Show hosted in New York City this past May. Canada Post’s Star Trek-themed display was captivating. While the booth dwarfed in size compared to its neighbour – the United States Postal Service (USPS) – the large image of the USS Enterprise, towering above the Canada Post display with its magnetic draw, made it difficult to resist. It was by far the most attractive display on the massive convention floor at the Javits Center, where the eight-day World Stamp Show drew tens of thousands of people from across the world. And the booth was buzzing with customers any time I was there, or even walking by. It was, indeed, a huge success for Canada Post.

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By mwalsh
Columns
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Stamp gets unusual boost from British Open golf
Page 8
Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
U.S. Stamps
Clearing up confusion on the Banknote issue
Page 10

Randy Heimpel
Stampnet
Dealers’ sites offer many ways to acquire stamps
Page 11
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Lewis Tauber
Off the Beaten Track
Early Cuban stamps beckon the collector
Page 22
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