Crafty stamp designs 
signal impending holiday

“It is always a challenge to come up with fresh ideas for Christmas, because there is a certain set of images that say ‘Christmas’ to Canadians – and that’s it,” he said. “But the interesting work happens when we take those traditional images and depict them in a way that is fresh and new – using different media or a different approach.” Designer Helene L’Hereux based her works on actual pieces of embroidery. Continue reading →

Stamps’ subject matter can hook new collectors

It took me a bit of searching to discover that Helvetia was really Switzerland. I also learned that some countries’ stamps were harder to find than others. While I ended up with dozens and dozens of Spanish definitives featuring Francisco Franco’s smiling face, my Portugal page had just two or three lonely stamps. Continue reading →

Canada Post shows Orwellian tendencies

Apparently, in every area, Canadians overwhelmingly support Canada Post. Everyone likes the idea of replacing home delivery with community mailboxes. Even senior citizens, who often dread winter walks in icy weather, welcome a way to get out of the house. In fact, one Canadian was quoted as saying door-to-door delivery is unreasonable in this day and age, despite the fact that home delivery six days a week is the norm in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and France. Continue reading →

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