Volume 45 – #15

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Volume 45#15

November 10 – November 23, 2020

Common 19th-century letter-writing tools included (clockwise from top left) pounce, a ‘penny ink,’ an eraser knife and a goose-feather quill, which was used for thousands of years before the introduction of steel-nib pens in the 1830s.

Looking back at Toronto’s post office amid city’s biggest growth spurt

At the helm of Toronto’s post office during its incorporation and subsequent population boom, James Scott Howard oversaw mail delivery from July 1828 until his dismissal nearly 10 years later. About a decade after the city incorporated in 1834, its population more than doubled to 21,000. While an excellent postal service was necessary, mail delivery in and around Toronto was “slow and sometimes tragic,” according to Zoé Delguste-Cincotta, curator of the Town of York Historical Society, which manages Toronto’s First Post Office (TFPO). “Roads in and around Toronto, when they would finally be built, were notoriously poor and waterlogged for three seasons of the year,” she said. Continue reading →

Features
Newfoundland ‘very strong’ at Eastern’s latest public auction
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New commemorative features Hamilton’s war-time artwork
Page 1
Colourful commemorative captures Diwali’s joyous spirit
Page 10
Virtual Stampex ‘the future of philately’
Page 11

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 16
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 19
Columns
Jesse Robitaille
Philatelic Commentary
Third cover contest our best yet; thank you!
Page 4
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
A final round of nicknames for 20th-, 21st- century Canadian
Page 6

Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
Groundbreaking information uncovers Civil War-era stamp ta
Page 8
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Painting of site for Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on 1985 st
Page 12

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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