Volume 45 – #25

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Volume 45#25

March 30 – April 12, 2021

Last year’s Royal Philatelic Society of Canada Convention in Fredericton, N.B., is among the national exhibitions honoured on a set of commemorative mourning covers. Alberta collector Dave Bartlet produced the small series beginning last year.

Collector creates COVID-19 show-mourning covers

With show organizers forced to close their doors to stem the spread of COVID-19, an Alberta collector has created a series of special mourning covers to mark this past year’s slew of cancelled conventions. Since March 2020, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, show organizers in Canada have either postponed or outright cancelled virtually all shows, big and small. But with their large crowds and entrenched social mingling, major conventions bear the brunt of the risk. In 2020, Canada’s five national-level exhibitions – the Edmonton “Spring National,” Orapex, the annual Royal Convention, the Postal History Society of Canada (PHSC) Symposium and Canpex – were all cancelled. BNAPEX, another large gathering serving as the annual convention of the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS), also met the same fate. The latter convention hosts a competitive British North America-focused exhibition rather than an official national exhibition accredited to participate in the World Series of Philately (WSP). Continue reading →

Features
‘Museum of Philately’ concept grows with Virtual Stampex
Page 1
CSN extends Stamp Survey
Page 1
BNAPEX 2021 in Winnipeg cancelled, virtual exhibition in planning stages
Page 7
Maddy’s Philatelic Service closes shop, Vance Auctions acquires stock
Page 13
CAPEX 22 unveils partnerships with Maresch auction, BNAPS
Page 19
Concordia University on commemorative envelope
Page 22

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 28
Columns
Jesse Robitaille
Philatelic Commentary
Billionaire Mark Cuban cut business teeth on stamps
Page 4
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Three ‘stamp-on-stamp’ issues feature Canada’s first definit
Page 8

David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Elizabethan postal stationery exhibits published as ‘BNAPS
Page 11
Mike Smith
Deltiology
Canadian patriotic postcards from Britain’s Birn Bros.
Page 12

Randy Heimpel
StampNet
Worldwide ‘dead country stamps’ detailed on collector’s site
Page 14
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Be alert for ‘very good’ fakes of OHMS-perforated stamps, ex
Page 16

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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