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October 29, 2020
Amazing German FDC – Tag der Briefmarke 2020

Amazing German FDC – Tag der Briefmarke 2020

I acquired an impressive German FDC recently, courtesy of a fellow collector in Germany. He posted a message on a stamp collecting forum about a special Deutsche Post commemorative cancel honouring the Canadian army. He kindly sent 3 covers/postcards that had the...

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Google Maps protects the privacy of posters too – Stamford Bridge amusement

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Ok TTC we need to talk – this is not a shelter

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The damned bastards! Where was my wakeup call?

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Use Skype without an account for meetings

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I’m getting too old for this shit

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starbucks red cup 10 snowflake sweater

Starbucks red cup designs – has everyone settled down yet?

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Food … oh glorious, wonderful food! – trip to the local baklawa place

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More fussing

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Sculpture of reclinging man on St. Clair and Ave Road

I dunno, it still looks like a penis being waved at me

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Sample of Comic Sans

Oh the horror, the horror – typography battles for your affection

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Pt 1 – Neighbourhood 97 – Walking Yonge & St Clair

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Toronto photographs – streetcars & street scenes

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