The Postal service in Canada began under the French regime in 1705 with delivery of mail by courier between Quebec City, Three-Rivers and Montreal. In 1763 it was taken over under the British Crown by Benjamin Franklin and formed part of the North American Postal System.
As most stamp collector already know the Penny Black is the world’s first adhesive postage stamp and was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on May 1st 1840. Due to its significance this stamps is very popular and following my past article What are the most famous rare and valuable stamps?, I have been receiving a lot of questions about its value. Well let’s try to understand a bit more about this famous stamp and what affects its value.
Have you ever owned a scented stamp? Or how about a tasty one? Gaining in popularity worldwide are scented stamps. Many of these novelty stamps have been issued since 1999, but back in 1973 the innovative nation of Bhutan got the ball rolling. Below is a listing of the top 10 scented stamps that this philatelist is aware of.
Canada Post has commemorated this year’s summit of «La Francophonie» being held in Quebec City with a special stamp issued on October 15th. It is richly coloured and features a picture of Quebec City with the name of each of the participating members of the summit listed across the top. With the issuing of this stamp we are reminded of Canada’s role in founding the society in 1970.
Some stamps of the world are not taken seriously by some collectors, but they can still be fascinating due to their design and composition. Examples of this are the fascinating stamps of the small nation of Bhutan. Bhutan is a land-locked nation in the Himalayas. Its citizens call it «land of thunder dragon», and visitors have referred to it as the «last Shangri-La», a testament to its natural beauty. Due to its isolation, it is a country that has struggled to develop and improve its quality of life, and stamps have played a large role in this.
Have you ever heard of «National Stamp Collecting Month»? Starting in 1981, October has been the month set aside to celebrate and introduce people to one of he most popular hobbies on our planet-stamp collecting! In fact, in order to attract as many people as possible, especially youngsters, special stamps are often issued for the event (most often pictorials). Past issues around the world have commemorated space, and other themes. We still have to wait and see what, if any, special issues will come out for 2008.
Of all the topical themes of philately, it would seem that none is more popular than the Olympics. Starting in 1896, with the beginning of the modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Olympic stamps were issued to mark the event. Olympic philately has been so well received through the years that the International Olympic Committee even awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to the countries with the best stamp for a particular Olympics. In 2004, the gold «prix Olympia» was awarded to Portugal, the silver to the Ukraine, and the bronze to Australia.
Many stamp enthusiasts may wonder whether or not it is better to use a hinge to mount a stamp in their album or not. Hopefully this article will be useful in helping you make the right decision.
For many, collecting stamps is an interesting and creative hobby. History records however, that a passion for stamps has overcome certain individuals’ reason and self-control. One notable example is the stunning murder of Gaston Leroux in Paris, France back in 1892.
The most complete stamp collection ever assembled was done so by Philip Ferrary de La Renotière. He was born in 1850 in the Hôtel Matignon in Paris, France. He was born into the aristocracy, his father and mother being a Duke and Duchess respectively. However, he eventually gave up his titles after his father died, asking to be simply called «Ferrary».