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From Topical Stamp Collecting to Thematic Exhibiting

Tatty Yellow Bear Postman

You’ve got mail!

The Topical Time,  Journal of Thematic Philately, published by the American Topical Association just came in!

 Such a joyful moment. :-)

 

ATA Topical Time Magazine - January February 2012

The magazine’s front cover features an article by David McNamee, From Topical Collecting to Thematic Exhibiting  which storytells how he went from a “topical collector” to a successful “thematic exhibitor”.

‘ I have collected Pacific island canoes on stamps for more than 35 years. I have a exhibit built from this collection, The Canoe in Pacific Island Culture. I found out quickly that they are fundamental differences between topical collecting and thematic exhibiting. The following steps describes the issues that I faced as a topical collector thinking of thematic exhibiting for the first time. I learned a few lessons along the way that might be helpful to others.’

Source: Topical Time, February 2012

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Fiji - 1977 - Canoes - Scott 380-383

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Along with sound advice, tips and tricks, David talks about the path he followed to reach successful exhibiting, and his story will help many stamp collectors and philatelists understand why it is important to vary the elements on each page of an exhibit.

As the author points out,  developing “curosity about the “why” and “how” of your subject” brings you to the discovery of related philatelic or non-philatelic material such as artist’s sketches, watercolor essays, postcards, and more.

As an example, this Tonga’s non conventional shaped picturing bananas which were transported aboard canoes.

 

Tonga Banana Die-Cut Issues on Envelope - Postal History

Airmail cover sent Tonga to Auckland NZ 1977 11s Centenary plus 2s Banana & 4s Banana stamps used, nice commercial usage, 4s Banana has black error, part G & outlined lettering

 

The Ah-Ah Moment!

‘(…) Take time to find your story. I always had in mind to “do something” with my canoe stamps. I was not sure how I could make an exhibit out of a bunch of mint stamps and a few covers.  (…)

I just could not figure out the framework to develop the canoe exhibit.

After a lot of thought over a period of a couple of years, it finally came to me that the story to be told is the origins and dispersion of the Pacific Island people and their culture over the world’s largest ocean. The canoe was the vital link”! (…)

Source: From Topical Stamp Collecting to Thematic Exhibiting , David McNamee, in Topical Time, February 2012

 

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Nauru - 1975 - Canoes - Scott 127a

Short Bio

David McNamee exhibits Van Diemen’s Land and Tasmania in the United States and Australia. Also an APS-accredited Chief Philatelic Judge, treasurer and board member of American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE) and active locally, nationally and internationally in many other philatelic organizations. He resides in Northern California.

To learn more on how to bring to life all those beautiful topical stamps you’ve collected over the years, visit the  American Topical Association website .

Members at American Topical Association Show Booth

Members at the American Topical Association Show Booth

 

Topical Time - Jan/Feb 2012

Topical Time - January /February 2012 Vol.63 No 1.

Enjoy and talk soon,

Janice

ATA Member #48264


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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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