Volume 46 – #11

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Volume 46#11

September 14 – September 27, 2021

The mail chute letterbox located in the lobby of Pennsylvania’s Hotel Bethlehem’s dates back to the building’s 1922 construction. Submitted photo.

Elegant, efficient mail chutes still in use across Canada, U.S.

Apostal history relic dating back to the golden age of early skyscrapers, the mail chute remains an integral part of many buildings’ iconic stories. A logistical godsend for late 19th-century letter writers and postal carriers alike, mail chutes came on the scene in the 1880s alongside taller office and residential buildings plus the first modern skyscrapers. As urbanization brought more and larger cities to Canada and the United States, and with mail as the main form of communication, postal officials on both sides of the border sought ways to accommodate fast-growing mail volumes. “Mailboxes and their chutes were once as essential to the operation of any major hotel, office, civic, or residential building as the front door,” wrote Karen Greene and Lynne Lavelle in their 2014 book Art Deco Mailboxes. Continue reading →

Features
Do clubs need insurance? Experts say yes
Page 1
National Show cancelled due to COVID
Page 1
Great American Stamp Show ‘a very positive uptick’
Page 15
B.C. collectors enjoy in-person bourses amid COVID slowdown
Page 19

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
‘Philately’ is everything all at once
Page 4
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Folklore stamps tell of flying canoe, pirate treasure, warm
Page 6

David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Canada’s oval parcel cancels given much-deserved attention
Page 8
Mike Smith
Deltiology
Memorable postcard firsts, plus century-old series rediscove
Page 10

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Collectors drawn to hand-sketched covers
Page 12
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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