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Stamp misidentification made easy - a case of Canadian 50c Prairie Town Main Street stamp

Stamp misidentification made easy - a case of Canadian 50c Prairie Town Main Street stampI'm quite sure most worldwide stamp collectors are familiar with the 1978 Canadian 50c prairie town main street stamp. Despite being a somewhat modern issue, it is a classic example why most stamp collections contain at least some misidentified stamps (despite us owners/collectors claiming otherwise).  Here is my story how I made a identification mistake, and how I found out about it over two decades later. ...(787 words,3 images, 9 comments)

A review of Unitrade specialized catalogue of Canadian stamps

A review of Unitrade specialized catalogue of Canadian stamps One of the highlights of my summer was when I received a copy of the Canadian Unitrade specialized stamp catalogue as a gift (thanks Mark, thanks Franz :)). I know that blog readers from US and Canada are likely familiar with the name of Unitrade, but for rest of us living elsewhere it's somewhat unfamiliar. So what does Unitrade catalog look like, and how does it stand up when in comparison to regular worldwide stamp catalogues (like Michel or Scott)? ...(894 words,3 images, 14 comments)

Security features of Canadian high value mammal definitive stamps

Security features of Canadian high value mammal definitive stampsRecently I received a copy of the $10 Canadian whale definitive stamp on my incoming mail, and I decided to show it as well as other stamps (in my collection) from the high value wildlife mammals series it belongs to. This definitive series started in 1997, and it's going on strongly with new additions coming out every few years. These make a very attractive display as they all feature a stunning design, and every stamp contain several more or less hidden security features to seek. ...(684 words,12 images, 10 comments)

A story of a dinosaur stamp

A story of a dinosaur stampHere's an interesting dinosaur stamp from Canada. It's a 43c Massospondylus from the 1993 series of prehistoric animals. Whilst looking at the postmark on the item, I though I had found yet another freak to my "stranger in strange land" collection of stamps canceled in wrong countries. But I was way off. ...(136 words,1 images, 5 comments)

A case of bad luck

A case of bad luckLast week I received a stamp catalogue I had ordered from Canada before christmas (yes, the delivery took 50 days as it was mailed by surface to cut costs). Anyway, everything seems to have gone pretty smooth until the parcel landed on Finnish postage system. ...(345 words,7 images, 14 comments)

International Year of Astronomy m/s from Canada

International Year of Astronomy m/s from CanadaI hate to say this, but it seems I have another sequel to "I hate when postal service ruins a philatelic item"[part 1, part 2] saga. This time Tristan from Canada sent me a cover with corgeous International Year of Astronomy miniature sheet on top - and quess what Canada Post did? ...(145 words,2 images, 4 comments)

Canadian Save the Polars and Glaciers miniature sheet

Canadian Save the Polars and Glaciers miniature sheetThis could very well be a sequal to "I hate when postal service ruins a beautiful item" post I made week ago. Sadly most of the items on this nice cover have escaped the postmark. ...(176 words,3 images, 4 comments)

Q&A: stamps of Canada

Q&A: stamps of CanadaDo you have a question about stamps / philately of Canada and states? Your questions answered. ...( 38 comments).

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