Even the smallest stamp collection will be of interest for someone

Would you like to know what to do with the shoe boxes of postage stamps gathering dust in the attic or basement of your house?

-> Rekindle an interest in stamp collecting,  the most popular and rewarding hobby in the world and share your passion to younger members of the family and friends of your inner circle.

-> Contact the local stamp collecting club or philatelic society and ask for advice on how to dispose of the stamps.

The educational and recreational aspects of topical stamp collecting encourages the gathering, research and study of many subjects featured on worldwide postage stamps. It would be difficult not to find stamps or philatelic documents depicting your most passionnate interests!

As an example for a topical stamp collection, Canada Post recently issued an amazing set of stamps, first day covers and booklets to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the introduction in 1938 of Superman in the Action Comics #1.

canadian superman postage stamps on FDC

canadian superman postage stamps on FDC

Hope this example of a small stamp collection, be it stamps in a shoebox or current issues, gets you thinking about a subject you would love to collect. :-)

Wishing you a very happy stamping week!

Talk soon,

Janice

PS: Have questions? Email me at janice[@]discovertopicalstampcollecting.com


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First Ass to Appear on a Canadian Stamp…

 

canadian stamps musical bands rush

Canada Post just launched their fourth issue in ongoing series of postage stamps celebrating Canadian musical talent with a set of four stamps depicting legendary bands:  The Tragically Hip, Rush, The Guess Who and Beau Dommage.

Probably not the issue for which I would vote “best of the year” but something very interesting did trigger my attention in this set of stamps that woud fit just lovely inside a music on stamps topical stamp collection!

For people who know me, there is no secret that I LOVE first things, aka #1’s . First of this..first of that…etc. Don’t ask me why, it just caches my fancy ;-)

So, when I stumbled upon the article featured on CityBeat.com, (see excerpt below) I could absolutely not let pass this opportunity of adding another #1 on my stamp collecting and philatelic #1’s list. And before I tell you what it is, gotta say that I also hit the jackpot with this one stamp issue because it contains not one, but two ‘#1’s !!

Wanna know what they are?

Here goes:

- >First Canadian stamps to feature bands rather than individual performers

- > First Canadian stamps to show a naked ass

 

Rush - Canadian Postage Stamps

The stamp features the iconic “Starman” logo, inspired by the cover of the 1976 album, “2112.”

In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service announced that they would finally allow living people to be portrayed on U.S. postage stamps, reversing a long-standing rule.

A blatant marketing move, the USPS still hasn’t delivered the first such stamp.

But in Canada, they’ll put almost anyone on their stamps. Gordon Lightfoot, Michael J. Fox and Bobby Orr have all had non-posthumous Canadian stamps in their honor and now new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Rush join their company. Sort of.

The new Rush stamp (released alongside ones honoring The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip and Beau Dommage) features the band’s name and the “star man” logo — a naked man (from behind) in front of a satanic-looking star in a circle. It’s the first ass to appear on a Canadian stamp (…Read more)….

Source: citybeat.com

The Canadian Recording Artist collection, which began in 2007 , has previously focused on individual artists including Paul Anka, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot, Bryan Adams, Acadian singer Edith Butler, Robert Charlebois and Stompin’ Tom Connors, band guitarist Robbie Robertson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Ginette Reno et Bruce Cockburn.

The Canadian Recording Artists stamp series along with First day covers and set of Postcards can be purchased from Canada Post retail outlets and online via CanadaPost.ca.

Hope you enjoyed the read.

Wishing you many stamping hours this week.

Talk soon.

Janice

PS: Life is good. Don’t worry…be happy !



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Canadian Stamps Honours The Year of The Dragon 2012 Lunar New Year

Year of the Dragon – L’Année du Dragon

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Toronto Postmark- Lunar New Year 20120110

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Toronto Postmark- Lunar New Year 20120110

As Jim Phillips, Director Stamps Services at Canada Post wrote inside Canada’s Stamp Details (Vol. XXI No 1; January to March 2012:   “2012 roars in like a dragon”;-)

 

So let’s start the New Year with this short video I’ve done using Animoto to showcase the beautiful Canadian philatelic products issued to commemorate the 2012 Lunar New Year.

 

Canada Post Year of the Dragon

Canada Post - Pane of 25 stamps - Year of the Dragon -Lunar New Year

On Canada Post‘s website, the stamp are presented as follows:

 

“Thinking of dragons may conjure up fire-breathing, serpent-like beasts of fantastic legends, but in many Asian cultures, these magical, mythical creatures are benevolent, associated with wisdom and longevity. They are revered for their influence over the primal forces of nature; for example, the Chinese water dragon has potent and auspicious powers over rainfall, hurricanes and floods.

The presence of the dragon in Chinese culture dates back thousands of years. Dinosaur bones unearthed in ancient China are documented as “dragon bones,” and dragon statues and jade badges of rank have been discovered as far back as the fifth millennium BC. Excellent and outstanding people are compared to the dragon, and leaping, swooping dragons operated by a full team of people are a common sight at Chinese festivals.

This year, Canada Post honours the Year of the Dragon—a time of innovation, risk and achievement—the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac. The dragon in the PERMANENT™, domestic-rate stamp in this series is fully embossed. Gold foil is used prominently in the dragon’s scales. Swirls, a graphic element from ancient Chinese designs, are placed at the bottom of the domestic-rate stamp to represent the water element. The Chinese characters in the top right corner spell out “dragon.”

“It’s always a challenge to find novel ways to showcase the Lunar New Year stamps,” says Alain Leduc, Canada Post Stamp Design manager. “Designer Louis Fishauf, who also designed the extraordinary Year of the Monkey stamp from the first Lunar New Year series, did a great job with all of this year’s stamp products as well. The images are complex and striking, and the foil and embossing techniques are outstanding.”

A fiery red dragon bursts from the water on the dramatic souvenir sheet bearing an international-rate stamp and imagery taken from the domestic stamp. The embossing on the dragon’s head is carved by hand, with touches of foil to give it vibrancy. The background is red, a colour symbolizing good fortune and joy that is used prominently during Chinese New Year celebrations.

The highly collectible uncut press sheet features 12 souvenir sheets. The Chinese characters on the selvedge bear the names of all the Zodiac creatures, and the calligraphy along the bottom offers greetings and wishes for luck in the New Year, in a tone similar to messages found in fortune cookies.


A couple of brand new products will appear this year for the very first time. A second souvenir sheet—a ‘transitional’ collectible—features last year’s Rabbit stamp exiting from the left, as the Dragon stamp enters from the right. Lunar New Year enthusiasts will be thrilled that a wallet-sized mini-booklet with six self-adhesive stamps is available, allowing them to keep a supply of Dragon stamps on hand for their New Year greetings. And speaking of greetings—this year for the first time, Canada Post will offer celebrants a chance to share the festive dragon that graces the stamps with friends and family with a package of Lunar New Year notecards—with ten PERMANENT™ stamps—available early in January.”

Source: Canada Post

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Since images are worth thousands of words, here are more…

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - First Day Cover - Single Stamp - 2012Jan10

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - First Day Cover - Single Stamp - 2012Jan10

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - First Day Cover - Souvenir Sheet - 2012Jan10

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - First Day Cover - Souvenir Sheet - 2012Jan10

 

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Postcard - Lunar New Year 2012

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Postcard - Lunar New Year 2012

 

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Transitional Souvenir sheet - Lunar New Year 2012

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Transitional Souvenir sheet - Lunar New Year 2012

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Souvenir sheet - Lunar New Year 2012

Canada Post - Year of the Dragon - Souvenir sheet - Lunar New Year 2012

Canada Post -Year of the Dragon - Uncut Press Sheet - 2012 Lunar New Year

Canada Post -Year of the Dragon - Uncut Press Sheet - 2012 Lunar New Year

Canada Post -Year of the Dragon - Left Plate Block on FDC - 2012 Lunar New Year

Canada Post -Year of the Dragon - Left Plate Blocks on FDC - 2012 Lunar New Year

Canada Post -Year of the Dragon -Right Plate Block on FDC - 2012 Lunar New Year

Canada Post -Year of the Dragon - Right Plate Block on FDC - 2012 Lunar New Year

 

Canada Post Details Magazine Jan-March 2012 VOL XXI -No1 Year Dragon 10

Canada Post Details Magazine Jan-March 2012 VOL XXI -No1 Year Dragon 10

Canada Post Details Magazine Jan-March 2012 VOL XXI -No1 Year Dragon 11

Canada Post Details Magazine Jan-March 2012 VOL XXI -No1 Year Dragon 11

Delightful stamps for all Lunar New Year enthusiasts and Canadian stamp collectors!

Leave a comment below to share your thoughts about this first Canadian stamp issue of 2012.

Talk soon,
Janice

FURTHER READINGS:

Hun’s Wanderings & Wonderings – Year of the Dragon     (More pictures of the Year of the Dragon stamps issued by worldwide countries)

NPR (Chinese Year Of The Dragon Postage Stamp Deemed ‘Too Ferocious)

Ian Robertson – Toronto Sun (unveiling in Toronto at a ceremony in Canada Post’s outlet at the Atrium on Bay + Video)

Canada Post issues dragon stamps for Chinese Lunar New Year (Last year, Canada Post sold out of its Year of the Rabbit stamps. (…)

 

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