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One of the reasons I enjoy speaking at stamp club meetings is the feedback I receive from members on what they would like to read more of in Canadian Stamp News.... Several excellent questions were asked about our history, distribution and content. Feedback on our content always piques my interest as it’s our stories, the columns and other features that drive our readership that fuels our advertising. This is usually when I ask for a show of hands of members who subscribe to CSN. Continue reading →

Disingenuous stamps (counterfeits, forgeries and fakes – oh my!)

Queen Victoria stamps: The genuine 1870 Queen Victoria 4.5d stamp, left, (Scott 10) was engraved, making the Queen’s image appear sharper. The forged stamp, right, is a poor lithograph version of the portrait, causing the image to appear fuzzy.

It’s considered one of the most challenging aspects of philately, and with copious amounts of forged, faked, and counterfeit material on the market today, it’s vital for collectors to understand what they’re dealing with. As usual, the first step is knowledge. Luckily for collectors, the hobby is filled with knowledgeable people who are more than willing to help. Continue reading →

High school program inspiring

With Canada Post struggling to hang onto its traditional core mail delivery service, we should be inspired after reading this edition’s cover story on the Ottawa high school students who created postal covers for Valentine’s Day. As reported by CSN’s Jesse Robitaille, the Grade 11 students at Merivale High School participated in a classroom program that gave them a better appreciation of stamp collecting and the history and art behind the hobby. Continue reading →

Ottawa art students produce postal covers

Each of the Focus program’s 18 students produced two Valentine’s Day covers – one that was sent to the high school so the students could add it to their portfolio and another sent to a significant other.

Merivale High School is at it again. This Valentine’s Day, Canadian Stamp News received a lovely custom-made envelope – one of a series produced by Grade 11 students at Merivale High School in Ottawa. “Designing miniature works of art is a good challenge for my design students,” said Irving Osterer, the award-winning department head who oversees Merivale’s Fine Arts, Technical Education and Computer Science departments. He’s also the co-ordinator of the school’s Focus program, whose 18 students produced nearly 40 Valentine’s Day covers for their first project of semester two. Continue reading →

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