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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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New Mary Riter Hamilton stamp – Oct 28, 2020

New Mary Riter Hamilton stamp – Oct 28, 2020

Canada Post will honour Canadian artist Mary Riter Hamilton at the end of the month. Her 1919 painting Trenches of the Somme will appear on a permanent stamp Oct. 28, 2020. War artist It is fortunate that I arrived before it was too late to get a real impression. The...

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Keeping an eye on 2 rare pioneer airmail lots at auction

Keeping an eye on 2 rare pioneer airmail lots at auction

Vance Auctions never disappoints, and their two pioneer airmail offerings are no exception. The auction is going on today, Oct 15, 2020 and I'm eager to see what the closing price is. UK Aerial Flight postcards - Pioneer airmail first Of the two, it's the UK postcard...

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WEEEE – a selfie of sorts & a bit of HDR

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