Online auctions still ‘coming of age’ despite benefits

As is the story with much of modern life, the most significant change of recent years has been the growth of the Internet. The philatelic auction business is no different, and as bidding moves increasingly onto the Internet, both consignors and collectors – as well as the auctioneers moving everything across the block – are wondering if it’s for the best. Continue reading →

New Canada Post issue celebrates discovery of Erebus

A ceremony held in Halifax on July 22 marked the release of a new $20 Fine Silver coin and three postage stamps commemorating the discovery of the Erebus. Participating in the release, from left to right: Kirk MacRae, a Royal Canadian Mint board member; Peter MacKay, minister of justice and attorney general; Robert Moreau, a director with Collections, Curatorial and Conservation, Parks Canada; and Doug Jones, vice-president, Canada Post.

On July 22, Canada Post unveiled three stamps commemorating Sir John Franklin’s 1845 search for the Northwest Passage and the recent discovery of his vanished flagship, HMS Erebus, in September of last year. The stamps – two Permanent and one international rate – will be issued Aug. 6. The se-tenant – or side-by-side – Permanent stamps were designed by Roy White, of the Vancouver-based Subplot Design, with illustrations from Halifax resident Mike Little, who has also worked on other stamps, including the Titanic collection (Scott #2536-37) issued in 2012. Continue reading →

Embarrassment for Canada Post, a dream for collectors

Thanks to Canada Post, the summer of 2015 will be remembered as a hot one for stamp collectors. While the Crown corporation has been raked over the coals by some for its hoodoo design error, this is stuff that dreams are made of for philatelists. This is a significant error, and for some philatelists, this will be about profiting from the mistake. For other collectors, it’s about the hunt to add the image error to their collection. Continue reading →

Aerophilatelic mystery close to being solved

In 2008, after aerophilatelist Chris Hargreaves began researching the ‘D.w.’ handstamp, one theory suggested the marking was made by a private collector. But why would a collector cover a stamp if there was ample space on the cover?

There’s mystery in the air. Or at least that’s where it was. Now the mystery has turned to the ground, but aerophilatelists are hot on its tail, following close behind in hopes of solving what one philatelist called “a mystery worthy of a Sherlock Holmes novel.” And as Robert Timberg, Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) executive manager, explained further: “As no one really knows what the letters stand for, however, it’s a mystery all should find fascinating whether they’re into aerophilately or not.” After more than half a decade of researching the “D.w.” handstamp found on 44 covers from the Winnipeg area dating back to the 1930s, Chris Hargreaves, a member of the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society (CAS), said there might finally be some solid answers. Continue reading →

Stamp collecting is so much more than child’s play

“An adult would never waste his time collecting stamps.” At least that was the feeling during the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt began collecting stamps as an eight-year-old. “At the time, collecting was thought to be a child’s hobby,” says Anthony Musso, author of FDR and the Post Office, a historical account of Roosevelt’s devotion to stamps and the post office. The author describes how FDR’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, introduced the hobby to her son, whom years later would become the longest serving president of the United States. Continue reading →

Stamps helped future ‘Beatle’ imagine

ily and among the “must-sees” on our list was Strawberry Fields, a 2.5-acre landscaped section in New York City’s Central Park that is dedicated to the memory of legendary Beatle John Lennon. It is also named after the Beatles’ song Strawberry Fields Forever, written by Lennon. Continue reading →

New stamps celebrate Canadian weather, heritage, culture

Five weather phenomena, including this “sun dog” photographed by Iqaluit’s Frank Reardon, were featured on new postage stamps issued by Canada Post on June 18.

The stamps in Canada Post’s latest issue of Details capture Canada’s nature, history, peace-loving temperament, culture, art and achievements. “It’s a sampling of all that Canadian stamps have to offer, and we hope you enjoy it,” said Jim Phillips, director of stamp services at Canada Post, which revealed its third set of stamps on UNESCO World Heritage sites, a Weather Wonders issue as well as a philatelic tribute to renowned author Alice Munro. Continue reading →

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