Volume 45 – #01

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Volume 45#01

April 28 – May 11, 2020

Typically ‘oversubscribed,’ international exhibitions will survive the COVID-19 pandemic according to David McLaughlin, a national-level judge and the chair of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s international liaison.

Pandemic wreaks havoc on international exhibiting—for now

Uncertainty abounds about the series of world stamp exhibitions managed by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP), according to a recent statement from the Swiss-based philatelic group. Responsible for exhibiting at the international level, the FIP has more than 90 “member federations,” including Canada, with eligibility to enter world stamp exhibitions it grants patronage or auspices. But with governments around the world enacting widespread travel bans, event cancellations and social-distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several major international exhibitions have been cancelled. “Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus since it began in December 2019, almost all of our members are in lockdown of some type or another,” said FIP President Bernie Beston in a statement issued March 26 on behalf of the FIP board of directors. Continue reading →

Features
Three down, two to go: national shows fall to COVID-19
Page 1
Trajan’s ‘National Show’ goes virtual
Page 1
Savpex virtual exhibition welcomes Canadian entries
Page 4
Canada’s radio history stretches back a century
Page 10

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 16
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 19
Columns
Jesse Robitaille
Guest Commentary
Virtual show opens new doors for hobby
Page 4
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Four attractive, well-detailed stamps show rural mailboxes i
Page 6

Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
Like postal markings, cover contents also of great interest
Page 8
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
‘Aerial Post’ labels on first England-Australia flight a cen
Page 12

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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