Volume 41 – #14

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Volume 41#14

November 1 – November 14, 2016

Chen uses pencil crayons to produce her drawings, to which she also affixes cancelled stamps. They are postcard-sized pieces of art, according to one attendee.

Stamp art dazzles at Toronto’s First Post Office

Stamps and pencil crayons are helping one artist stay “on the bright side” of things. Oct. 6 was the opening reception for “On the Bright Side: The Stamp Art of Celine Chen,” a new exhibit hosted by the Town of York Historical Society at Toronto’s First Post Office (TFPO). It will be on display until Jan. 20, 2017. “Stamps, to most people, are something they almost cannot relate to anymore,” Chen said. “Honestly, when was the last time I mailed something out?” Nevertheless, her love for stamps – “especially the old ones that have been cancelled” – persists Continue reading →

The king of forgers had a long history of fakery
Page 1
Piercey joins CSN as book reviewer
Page 1
Innovative Wilding series includes several varieties
Page 10

CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Witnessing the evolution of stamps in Canada

While the collector in us tends to have a conservative nature, stamps themselves continue to evolve. Today's postage stamps are dramatically different from those that I stuck into album pages as a young boy, which is to be expected. Back then most stamps were printed in one or two colours, self-adhesives just didn't seem to exist, and designs were relatively plain. But today's stamps are also a far cry from even about a dozen years ago, when I first got involved with Canadian Stamp News. By then stamps had already changed quite a bit, from the days of my little stamp album. They were much more colourful, self-adhesive issues were common, and we had even seen unusual shapes and holograms, but some things just didn't seem likely to happen.

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By Bret Evans
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Macdonald College more than a pipe dream for tobacco mogul
Page 6
David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Catalogue reveals permit postage’s allure
Page 8

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Stamp condition is all-important, but widely debated
Page 14
Lewis Tauber
Off the Beaten Track
Mr. Zip makes a clandestine return
Page 16

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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