What are Plate Blocks?

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What are Plate Blocks? Good question! People collect postage stamps in many forms. You can collect singles, pairs, blocks, sheets, and coils. They all have their special characteristics. If the perforations between at least four stamps are unseparated, in a 2 × 2 configuration, then you have a stamp block. Philatelists collect blocks in groups of 4, 6, or even up to 20. However, blocks of four stamps are the most common.

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Cork cancellations special offers!

I love studying cork cancellations! Why? I guess I find machine cancels a little boring. That’s just my personal opinion. However, the fancy cancellations (also called cork cancellations) of the early 19th and 20th centuries have a true artistic flair. According to many sources, Canadian cork cancellations are particularly prized by many collectors. Here’s a little bit of their history.

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«Stamps on Approval» club–join now!

Stamps on approvalWhat is a “Stamp on Approval” club? It’s a long-standing concept first introduced by a great philatelist—Maynard Sundman. And here at Arpin Philately, it’s our specialty! At your convenience, Arpin Philately will regularly send out packages of stamps for you to look over. These packages, which will hopefully meet with your “approval,” are available for you to purchase in their entirety. Or you can just buy the individual stamps which please you. If nothing meets with your “approval,” you can just send them back to us and we’ll try again! Our stamps on approval packets can be as big or as small as you like. We do our best to give you exactly what you want.

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Canada’s First Postage Stamp

Now is your chance to own a piece of history! In our Rare Canadian Stamps section, Arpin Philately now has in inventory the first postage stamp ever issued by Canada. It’s affectionately known as the “three-penny beaver”. It was issued on the 23rd of April, 1851. So that makes it 171 years old! These stamps don’t come around every day, so don’t take too long to decide.

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The first postage stamp-ultimate guide to its history

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Do you want to know the history of the first postage stamp in the world? Humans have used many methods of communication throughout the centuries. We’ve gone from inscribing rock walls and clay tablets to using ink on papyrus. Ink on paper followed and then typing, laser printing, etc. More often than not, messages are now sent by text or email.

In the past, it was often difficult to send messages because there was no reliable system in place. Letters often took forever to reach their destination. Or, they arrived too late-if they arrived at all! Imagine only finding out that a loved one had died many months or years after the fact!

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Penny Black for sale!

The Penny Black is for sale at Arpin Philately! How would you like to own the very first postage stamp ever printed? Now you can own your very own piece of history! Arpin Philately is very happy to possess 2 different Penny Black stamps in inventory right now!! While not necessarily one of the most expensive stamps in the world, it certainly is one of the most famous. After all, it’s what started the modern post system as we know it today.

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Stamp perfins-what exactly are they?

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Good question! We all want to know what stamp perfins are, right? The word “perfin” is a shortened version of the two words “PERforated INitials” or “PERforated INsignia”. Philatelists also call stamp perfins “SPIFS”. This is an acronym for “Stamps Perforated with Initials of Firms and Societies”. I have to say, perfin is a lot simpler to remember!

We understand the meaning of the word when we know its origin. The meaning almost becomes self-explanatory. People or companies punch tiny holes into a stamp in the shape of letters, an object, or a design. This is a perfin.

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Stamps of Newfoundland-collect them now!

Province of CanadaWhy would you want to collect these particular stamps? Because stamps of Newfoundland are an important part of history. Do you know the history of Canada and of Confederacy? I promise that I won’t be giving you a complicated history lesson! In a nutshell, this is how it goes: this land was colonized in turn by the French and the British. First, it was the Province of Canada Then it became the Dominion of Canada after Confederation in 1867. Did you know that Canada is still legally a Dominion? But the term is no longer used in our modern times.

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