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RiTz21
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13 Nov 2018
12:26:53pm
Hey guys!

My 11 yrs old daughter likes collecting stamps. I saw an auction on ebay and they are offering high value stamps that she does not have in her collection (that big whale is pretty impressive! geez!). It would make for a great Christmas gift for her!

I have no idea how much this lot is worth and what would constitute a 'good deal' or a 'bad deal'. I am on a very tight budget, so I have to be careful with these....

Any advice? I added an image of what is included in the lot.

Awaiting your advice!
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Strider
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13 Nov 2018
12:48:19pm
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Well, I can't comment on the cost aspect, but these are to my mind very attractive stamps. They are engraved by Jorge Peral, a leading Canadian engraver - possibly computer assisted, and the whale is certainly something else! Actually Peral was originally Mexican - mainly active in engraving banknotes. In 1999 he did a beautiful stamp for Canada showing a dove, and he also did a couple showing native Americans at the time of the arrival of the white men.

I collect engraved stamps, and I was glad to get some of these for my own collection. I don't have the whale though!

I think your daughter would have some lovely stamps for her Canada collection, and more to look out for. Another great Canadian engraver is Silas Allen - he did the wildlife series in the 1950s - not at all expensive and very attractive looking.


Best - Neville

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13 Nov 2018
01:21:39pm
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What is the opening price on the auction?


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13 Nov 2018
01:25:22pm
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Ritz,
You might want to consider finding an inexpensive used, off-paper horde and a one or two year old reference book. With minimal investment, your daughter would have the fun of "discovering" each stamp and would also benefit from the research aspect of reading the reference material for each. You are to be commended for assisting your daughters interest in stamps and showing her that there is so much more to life than twitter, snapchat and Instagram. You sound like a great dad. All the best to you and your daughter!

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RiTz21
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13 Nov 2018
01:38:44pm
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d1stamper: Am I allowed to post the link? Some forums have strict rules about that... and I don't want to be banned for trying to help my kid lol

ernieinjax - Good advice! I already purchased a used Canadian stamp catalog for her to use... hehe the 'new' ones are a bit costly :P And yeah, I'm saddened at the crazy amount of time wasted by youth on electronics toys.... But that's a discussion for another thread!

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13 Nov 2018
03:09:20pm
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"Am I allowed to post the link?"



I have seen others post links. So I would think you would be allowed in this case.


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13 Nov 2018
03:23:22pm
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If your lass would like these I will put them in the post tomorrow.
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13 Nov 2018
03:50:01pm
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ok - for reference (only!) the link is:
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/H-V-Defin-Used-SET-of-8-1687-94-1-LOON-to-8-GRIZZLY-10-WHALE-Stamp-2045/302944974200

sheepshanks - eh.. !?!


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ernieinjax
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13 Nov 2018
03:56:05pm
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Well done Vic.

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LarryV
13 Nov 2018
07:15:51pm
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RiTz21
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13 Nov 2018
08:50:55pm
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LarryV - That would make a young philatelist quite happy!!

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PaulMitchell
13 Nov 2018
10:35:15pm
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Two great offers!

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13 Nov 2018
10:44:17pm
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@RiTz21: Links to other web sites are fine. Here's the one you posted, formatted for this discussion group: eBay Canadian wildlife stamps.

I'd like to add that our sponsor, Roy Lingen's Discount Stamp Shop, would be an excellent source of stamps for your daughter.

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RiTz21
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20 Nov 2018
04:39:05pm
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@sheepshanks

My Daughter has received your letter today!!

She spent at least half an hour checking them - She was amazed at the size of those whales! (geez you can't even put that on an envelope! lol)- She does not have many stamps passed 1998 so almost all of them were new to her!

A few pictures - many THANKS Vic for helping her collection out!!!

RiTz21

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20 Nov 2018
05:41:15pm
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Glad they arrived ok, was not sure with the postal problems at present. When the strike is over I have a couple of other bits to send but being heavier will need packages.
Good to see her looking pleased, thanks for posting the photos.

Edit, just noticed they sharpied the envelope, despite the clear postmarks.

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20 Nov 2018
06:55:35pm
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RiTz21 - Once our Canadian Postal Strike is over and mail is moving again, I would be more than happy to send your daughter some of the earlier Canadian wildlife stamps, plus some of the more recent ones.

If she is interested in receiving more stamps, please message me and I'd be very glad to help her out with her collection.

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20 Nov 2018
06:59:17pm
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The sheets of the Moose stamps and the Whale stamps are full inscription block sheets.

Be very careful handling those stamps if you try to soak them off the paper, as those particular sheets have a tendency to separate at the perforations once immersed in water.

Beautiful sheets! Those are keepers!!!

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RiTz21
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21 Nov 2018
09:17:13am
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@sheepshanks:

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"Glad they arrived ok, was not sure with the postal problems at present. When the strike is over I have a couple of other bits to send but being heavier will need packages.
Good to see her looking pleased, thanks for posting the photos.
Edit, just noticed they sharpied the envelope, despite the clear postmarks"



Oh indeed now that you mention it. Do you think this is related to their strike? (i.e. they do this on purpose?) What I noticed in the first picture, is that we can see her missing tooth she lost a couple of days ago! HEHE


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"RiTz21 - Once our Canadian Postal Strike is over and mail is moving again, I would be more than happy to send your daughter some of the earlier Canadian wildlife stamps, plus some of the more recent ones."


Sweet!! Information sent!

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"The sheets of the Moose stamps and the Whale stamps are full inscription block sheets. Be very careful handling those stamps if you try to soak them off the paper, as those particular sheets have a tendency to separate at the perforations once immersed in water."


Really? Hmmm I'll let her know about this... Perhaps it would be best to leave them 'as is' to avoid that problem...! Thanks for the heads-up!

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21 Nov 2018
09:13:32pm
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@LarryV
My Daughter recevied your letter today!!
Luckily, the beautiful Hockey stamp (which she did not have) was not 'sharpied'!! hehe THANK YOU for helping her out! A few pics of her opening the letter. Cheers!!

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LarryV
22 Nov 2018
09:12:35am
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glad they arrived without much delay. Larry

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NBStamper
24 Nov 2018
07:30:47pm
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I have hundreds of Canadian used that I would be happy to send. Also, a great deal of material from other countries. I have a grand-daughter who was briefly interested in coin collecting but the interest faded quite quickly. So, if this is a passing fancy, there is no point in diving in; but I am really interested in helping young enthusiastic collectors; so, if she is really keen, I would be really happy to help her along. I well remember how hard it was as a youngster to acquire stamps for my collection. Let me know.

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26 Nov 2018
06:16:33pm
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I have Cuban postage stamps that could add to your daughter's collection.

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RiTz21
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27 Nov 2018
08:35:08pm
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@NBStamper

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"I have hundreds of Canadian used that I would be happy to send. Also, a great deal of material from other countries. I have a grand-daughter who was briefly interested in coin collecting but the interest faded quite quickly. So, if this is a passing fancy, there is no point in diving in; but I am really interested in helping young enthusiastic collectors; so, if she is really keen, I would be really happy to help her along. I well remember how hard it was as a youngster to acquire stamps for my collection. Let me know."

Yeah it is understandable in this day & age that young-lings are more attracted to electronics and internet. I try to 'balance' this hobby between her exposure to electronics & her studies. It's been one year now since she started (my initial post is HERE

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"I have Cuban postage stamps that could add to your daughter's collection."


As I mentioned in the PM you sent, she likes animals - but specially HORSES! While she's probably too young to focus on "the world" AND, as NBStamper infers, interest can be lost if overwhelmed, I am pretty sure she would love a horse-themed 'side' collection!

ok I decided to put the question to her... I asked her if she would like to have stamps of animals - and in particular horses... hehe I was a bit surprised by her answer. She said "yes" about 12 times! I told her that she would have to build her own album... without hesitation, she replied; "Can I start designing the pages now?" ok, WOW lol. I guess she does digs horses lol (She likes Cats almost as much as horses...)

@Roy:
My Daughter received your letter today!! A few pics of that event!
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MANY thanks for helping her out in her collecting!!

RiTz21

P.S. I am not getting any email notifications of replies here.... is there an option for that!?
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28 Nov 2018
10:03:05pm
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Hi RiTz21

It seems all young girls love horses, my daughters did, my eldest daughter (one of 3) loved playing marbles and always had to borrow her friends marbles, so I bought her a bag of 50, mind you she was also 10 at the time, with those marbles which at the time was her prized possession grew to 2,000 within a two year period, boys were reluctant to play marbles with her (I wonder why).

Now 40 she just recently gave the very large collection to her 10 year old son.

I have horses on Australian stamps and would like to send them to your daughter.

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29 Nov 2018
08:51:15am
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@Rob1956
That's a beautiful story!! I've never seen the game associated with marbles, but I for one sure would have liked to try it!!

As for Horse stamps, I'm sure she would be happy to create an "Australia" page for her album!

As I mentioned in my previous post, my daughter had already started creating her 'Horsy' stamp album. Here is a photo of her design for the Canada page (well, the only page she has so far lol)

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29 Nov 2018
10:45:04am
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Hi RiTz21

I'll be sending every horse issue your way, from race horses to equestrian races, wild horses to work horses and horses in the military etc. They will be posted on Tuesday, December 4.

I'll also make sure that there will be horses on the envelope.

Here is how marbles are played. Belinda played marbles in the back yard, footpath and the hardest of all - in the gutter. It is always played on a dirt ground or cement and the winner claims all the marbles knocked out of the ring.

I taught her how to play marbles and the secret in properly holding them, at the end she beat me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEaIPoO0Wfg

Rob

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12:03:58am
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"Hi RiTz21
I'll be sending every horse issue your way, from race horses to equestrian races, wild horses to work horses and horses in the military etc. They will be posted on Tuesday, December 4.
I'll also make sure that there will be horses on the envelope."

That's nice of you! Thanks!! User ikeyPikey sent me a suggestion through email and it's a good one: He mentioned that there are printable pages for animals (including horses) that one can download and print! So I checked them out; pretty nice, but I had a complementary idea: Why not have the FLAG of the country, PLUS an excuse to draw at the same time on each of the pages!! So I built a template (for Canada, but I'll make one for other countries as needed). For the title, I used an 'empty' font that needs to be drawn into to give some color Happy
Kira was excited and you can see her at work on it:
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Here is the result - note that the page is a bit dark as there wasn't enough light... but the page is really White!

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I was able to place a grid on the page so her ... aim... would be better than with a non-grid page lol Do notice in the image that she decided to draw a 'horse' shape within the word Horse in the title!!

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Here is how marbles are played. Belinda played marbles in the back yard, footpath and the hardest of all - in the gutter. It is always played on a dirt ground or cement and the winner claims all the marbles knocked out of the ring.

I taught her how to play marbles and the secret in properly holding them, at the end she beat me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEaIPoO0Wfg"



Nice!!! I loved dexterity games when I was a kid, so I would have loved that game! hehe I guess it's not a thing in Canada...

P.S. If anyone would like the Template I made for stamps, it's a simple Word Doc, easily shared - and modifiable! It can be easilly adapted to anything...! (and the flag deleted if not needed) Just let me know!

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05 Dec 2018
03:52:40am
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Hi RiTz21

Will be posting the envelope tomorrow (December 6), I'll be looking into other stock books and stock cards to find the other horse themed stamps (I know I have them somewhere and will send them very, very soon).

I've added a few cats as well.

Rob

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@Rob1956

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Will be posting the envelope tomorrow (December 6), I'll be looking into other stock books and stock cards to find the other horse themed stamps (I know I have them somewhere and will send them very, very soon).
I've added a few cats as well.
Rob"



Cool!! Will let you know when it gets here - THANKS!!!
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Hi RiTz21

Was at the post office ready to send away the stamps, but the post office said that all mail going to Canada will not be accepted until the mail strike is over, I didn't know there was a mail strike.

Can you PM me to let me know when the strike is over so I can send the envelope.

Rob

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The strike ended over a week ago (it was not a total strike... we still got mail during that period):

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"Canada Post workers return to work after the government ordered them to end their rotating strike on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in Montreal"



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Hi RiTz21

Thanks for the info, I'll take the envelope to the local post office on Saturday morning and post it, The person who gave me the outdated news was from the GPO, I'll send a message to confirm the envelope being sent on the way.

Here is a list of the stamps being sent in the first envelope.

1978 - Melbourne Cup winners: 20 cents Tulloch; 25 cents Bernborough; 50 cents Phar Lap; 55 cents Peter Pan.

1986 - 33 cents Brumbies (wild horses); 80 cents Mustering (rider on horse chasing cattle); 90 cents Show Jumping; $1.00 Australian Pony (girl riding small pony).

2010 - 150th Anniversary of the Melbourne Cup, all are 60 cent stamps: Saintly - 1996 winner; Phar Lap - 1930 winner; Carbine - 1890 winner; Solid gold trophy from the 2010 Melbourne Cup (part of the set).

2014 - Equestrian Competition, all are 70 cent stamps: Dressage; Pony Club; Polo Crosse; Show Jumping; Cross-Country.

2018 - $1.00 showing the racehorse WINX (the horse won 26 consecutive races when the stamp was issued, since then the animal has won 3 more races in consecutive order). WINX is not a long distance runner so it was not entered into the Melbourne Cup which is a 3200 meter race which is just under 2 miles (1.98 miles).

2015 Cats - Doesn't give the name of the breeds, only their names, all are 70 cent stamps: Charo; Bubu; Sweetie; Cato; Briony.

There are 23 stamps in total.

Rob

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07 Dec 2018
12:18:20pm
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Notice from Australia Post
Significant delays to Canada


Date: 7 December 2018
Expected delays: Ongoing

Canada Post employees have returned to work and Canada Post has resumed full operation, however it will take some time to clear their backlog.

From Monday 10 December, we will resume our service for all products, including letters, International Economy parcels and International Standard parcels bound for Canada.

We’ll continue with our current arrangements for International Express and International Courier products to be sent via an alternative channel.

We recommend customers use International Express for delivery before Christmas.

Customers should anticipate delivery delays for economy and standard international letters and parcels to continue through December and into the New Year.


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07 Dec 2018
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Hi Patches

I'll be sending the envelope to Kira on Monday December 10th, seeing that Australia Post will be resuming the acceptance of all forms of mail on that date.

Rob

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07 Dec 2018
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Hello from Sunny, Warm Florida:
It is wonderful to see a young stamp collector who takes HER stamp collecting seriously and has fun with her hobby. Children love solving and finding solutions to challenges. Kira's idea of creating an album and implementing skillfully such a difficult task deserves praise and encouragement.

A philatelic anecdote from Robert's classroom experience:

BENEFITS OF COLLECTING STAMPS: #1

When Robert was about ten he had been collecting postage stamps for a little while. One day, during a Geography lesson, the teacher pointed to the map hanging on the wall. The teacher asked the class to answer a seemingly easy question: What is the fastest way to go from southern Australia to Chile? Every student said that you must go West. Robert, on the other hand, said: One must travel East from Southern Australia to reach Chile. The teacher congratulated Robert. That was a glorious moment for the budding stamp collector. His hobby helped him find far away countries, know their names, and was aware that the Earth was not flat as the map on the wall indicated. His Geography knowledge stemmed from his stamp collecting hobby. And Robert remembers that moment to this day.

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07:34:21pm
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If only one could travel back in time, and introduce Young Robert to The Great Circle Theorem.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great-circle_navigation

Executive Summary: find the line that passes thru both points and bisects the globe. That's your shortest path, and is why flights from, say, Dubai to Miami pass over London.

Due east, due shmeast.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey (who knows that Young Robert did not say 'due', but wanted to write this post, anyway)

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Great Circle route Sydney Australia to Santiago Chile
(courtesy of Great Circle Mapper http://www.gcmap.com/)

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Hi RiTz21

Heading for the PO now, hopefully they will accept the mail.

Rob

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Actually, paper maps can be deceiving when it comes to determining directions between two points on a sphere. My main hobby for a few decades was shortwave radio.

Those radio waves travel in a straight line around the globe from transmitter to a given receiver. Directional receiving antennas can dramatically enhance reception from specific directions when they are oriented properly. Any radio enthusiast knows that the vast majority of maps are useless in determining antenna orientation for best reception from a specific location on the planet. In order to establish the line that represents the shortest distance between two points on planet Earth, we need an azimuthal equidistant map. (There may be other similar map projection types, but this is the one I know.)

I learned about such maps when in junior high and several years later left my cartography professor virtually speechless when I created an azimuthal equidistant map centered on my hometown for my final class project. He asked if he could keep it as an example to show future classes. I agreed on the condition he provide me with a high quality photograph of my map. He agreed and I still have that photo here somewhere.

Since I couldn't find that photo to scan this evening, I found a site online where I could create such a map centered on Sydney, Australia. Any line radiating out from the Sydney location on this map is the shortest distance to any point along that line. Plus, the direction of a given line, in degrees, is identified around the map perimeter.

The primary problem with such maps is the land mass distortions as you near the map's perimeter. It's a special purpose map and has limited application.

You can create your own map for any major city at https://ns6t.net/azimuth/azimuth.html.

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10 Dec 2018
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Great Map. It's nice to see Antarctica closely resembling its true shape, rather than seeing it looking like some stretched behemoth at the bottom of most world maps.

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Hi RiTz21

Finally sent the stamps.

Rob

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Wow I didn't know about the Great Circle route!! Thanks for sharing!!

Last night, Kira was sick (fever) and we decided to keep her home today... and as luck would have it, she received these!! ( I blacked out the labels :P )


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For a day that didn't start on a very good footing, it did end with many big smiles on her face!!

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Many many thanks Micheal and Randall for the beautiful letters!!
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09:37:53pm
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Happy to see she has taken to soaking stamps!

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I am hoping to get my granddaughter - who is almost 5 - interested it stamps soon;

she adores horses, too!

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02:39:30pm
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@musicman - Perhaps you can start with horses first to kindle her interests in stamps!!!

Query: I am thinking of getting this to my daughter for xmas... is this a reasonable price? I find it quite pretty and I'm sure Kira would think so too!! ALSO, it would complete one of he pages, and she loves it when that happens: it means she adds stickers to the page itself! HEHE

What do you think?

RiTz21


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You realize it is used, right? For that price you can buy a mint one.

It's a tricky listing "CDS" and cancel barely visible in the scan.

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Oh darn.... thanks for the heads up!
What does "CDS" means?

RiTz21

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05:06:29pm
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CDS is the abbreviation for "Circular Date Stamp"

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The stamps you want to buy for your daughter is quite cute, but I believe Roy is correct that a mint one would be around the same price, providing you can find one, if not, then a cancelled one is the way to go.

Rob

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Yeah, that souvenir sheet is indeed quite cute!! (indeed the CDS is more apparent when zoomed in...)
I really like that souvenir sheet.. it must be all that sunshine color on it lol

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I printed the USA page for Kira's Horse album and she colored the title, and hinged the Horses on it today!!
A pic of that page:

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Thanks for all your help!!
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Why is it that girls write better than boys, when I was 12 my teacher said my writing was messy and a lost cause until a girl from my class showed me at lunchtime (and there were a few of those lunchtime lessons) before I was able to write neat.

I still write neat to this very day, but I draw the line at using little hearts when dotting the "i".

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Guys!!

Kira received these two letters in the same day!! She was quite excited and she immediately went to work ... (as did I, since I need to make prepare & print these pages for her to work on! LOL)
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ALSO, I uploaded Kira's Horse Album HERE - she has a few stamps left to add (image below), but I didn't want to wait too much before showing you what she has done!!
Here are the other stamps she needs to add (well, my bad I have to prepare the pages first! HEHE)

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THANK YOU guys, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
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Looks like my envelope hasn't arrived yet, seems it won't arrive until after Christmas.

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Hi Rob!
Kira received your letter yestaerday (Friday) - Wow nice horses!!
I'll post a pic when she has them setup on her Australian page - Thanks!!!

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Hi RiTz21

I'm relieved that Kira received the envelope, they do look nice, there are a few more horses, dogs, baby Australian native animals (including baby marsupials), frogs, very colourful butterflies, colourful beetles etc. somewhere, I'll let you know sometime in the New Year when they will be sent, seeing that I can now send stamps to Canada, it may not take so long this time.

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Kira has received the Souvenir sheet you sent!!
It's such a beautiful sheet! (she used the protector you included to... well, protect it!)

This is the 5th souvenir sheet in her 1973 to 2000 album AND it completed one of her pages, so she was very happy with that (and as usual, she placed a sticker to denote that!)
That album has these other four souvenir sheets:
* Capex 1978
* The flags of 1979
* Canada Day of 1984
* Exploration of Canada 1986

She also has more recent souvenir sheets - These are:
* The Canada-China jointed issue of 2005 (#2123b)
* Endangered Species series 2 of 3 from 2007 (#2229)
* International Polar Year 2007-2008 (#2205b)
* (used) Year of the Tiger 2010 (#2349)
* (used) Beneficial insects 2010 (#2410a)
* (used) Year of the Horse 2014 (#2700)
* (used) 150 Years of Photography (#2757)
* (used) Love your Pet 2015 (#2829)

I have yet to print the pages after year 2000.
For example, the year 2001, she has only 9 commemorative stamps and I am afraid that if I print these out, she'll be a bit discouraged with the many 'blanks' she would see for that year.. she has a ton of blanks for 2000 as it is). Also, I do not have the PDF for 2012+...

There sure is a lot of souvenir sheets... I noticed that Canada Post went NuTz with the Millennium, where they produced a ton of these... geez!
If it were up to me, I'd print ONLY Star Trek souvenir sheets HEHEHE

Many thanks for helping Kira out with her collecting and Happy New Year!!
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As promised - images of the Australian stamps in Kira's album! (and pics of when she received your letter from down below!) - Again, many thanks for sending those beautiful horses!!

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Hi RiTz21

What an innovative way to create album pages. I am still going through my boxes of stamps looking for items that Kira might find interesting; rearing 3 daughters of my own helps.

I sent another envelope last week, this time with souvenir sheets and I think an FDC or two, one souvenir sheet is about pond life (Lisa, my youngest who had just turned 40, was born on January 8, 1979, she had a large green tree frog as a pet for 5 years, yet she was petrified of large beetles), and there is another souvenir sheet with Australian dinosaurs.

Just a little bit of trivia, Lisa was born on Elvis Presley's birthday, and her friend Leesa (I thought the difference in name spelling was amazing) was born a year apart to the day after his death, August 16, 1978.

We have to give Canada homage for issuing the world's first Christmas stamp in 1898.

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Hi Rob!

Kira received your letter a couple of days ago - a few pics below! These souvenir sheets are very beautiful! Kira placed them in a .. hmmm I dunno how it's called - it is an album with cardboard pages, separated by some glossy transparent sheet, and each page has little translucent pockets to put stamps in...

Elvis Presley - geez quite the coincidences! We happened to be on vacation when it happened (I was just a kid) but I do recall that it kinda messed up our vacation - my mom was a big fan of his, and cried Sad

Christmas stamp - wow nice! I didn't know that, cool! Big Grin

THANKS once again for sending Kira such beautiful stamps!! (and YES, that is snow in the window behind Kira!! If only we could ship some of our frigid AIR to help cool off Australia... )

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Hi RiTz21

I knew Kira would like the souvenir sheets, the album you are referring to is a stock book, I bought myself a camera cabinet and turned it into a stamp cabinet as it has a built-in humidifier and temperature control gauges and the door has a rubber airtight seal and is lockable.

Some of the stamps I have are extremely valuable and need protection (my avatar is one of them), in the process of going through other stamps I have I noticed I have quite a few doubles, triples etc, and I am still sorting through what I can send to Kira.

I may end up sending the lot in one package and she can have a field day looking through them (my favourite is the flowers and bee in the gutter).

I reckon every-one on the planet that knew of Elvis Presley will be able to recollect what they were doing on the day he dies. The week he died I remember nearly all TV stations ran a week long Elvis Presley movie marathon and no matter what radio station you turned to it was playing an Elvis song.

I've never seen snow, this time of the year we experience temperatures as high as 40 - 45 degrees Celsius, in Western Australia just over a month back the temperature reached nearly 50 degrees Celsius.

We do have heavy storms, cyclones and heavy flooding, it must be freezing cold outside your window.

My fiancee is from the Ukraine and she mentioned that the cold in her hometown Lvov can be as low as -25 to -30 degrees Celsius and she used to go to school in that cold.

I may take you up on sending the snow to Australia, it is so hot that using a fan will only circulate hot air throughout the house, and going to Bondi Beach (which is only a 10 minute walk from where I live) is so overcrowded it looks like a "Where's Willie" from above.

The beach can hold up to 40,000, one hot day there was an estimated 90,000 - 100,000 people on the beach.

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Book: Ah a 'stock book'!

Camera cabinet: Oh my!! That's a special place for your stamps!!

Elvis: Well, not the youngsters.. it's funny I have a D&D game on each Friday nights, and half our group are 'old', and the other half are young. When we make references to anything before 1990, only the old guys laugh, and the youngling look at us with puzzled looks!! LOL

Weather: Well, we don't have cyclones, hurricanes or flooding here (at least, not yet) - Montréal is probably too north to get those. Very cols is rare, and when we get below -30C, it's with the windchill factored in! We do't get any beaches though... Sad

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Kira received your letter a couple of days ago!! She's the one getting the mail from our communal mailboxes, and boy, was she happy to see that letter with those souvenir sheets on them!! here are a couple of pictures of the event - Many thanks for sending those!!!

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Glad they got to you ok, was not sure if the stamp sheets would come off in the system. The lick and stick do not stay on so postal lady had to put a bit of tape down the sides, sorry. Anyway pleased they arrived in time for her birthday next month.
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I didn't know Kira's birthday is next month, when and how old? My partner and I will send over something purely Australian (no, it won't be a boomerang, as they are made overseas, and a proper boomerang isn't sleek and decorated, the decorated type are made for tourists).

What Victoria and I have in mind is authentic and made by aborigines.

You mentioned playing D&D, is that Dungeons and Dragons? I could never figure that game out, the baby of the family Michael (17th born, just turned 50) is an expert at it.

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I was worried when I saw the scotch tape on these nice souvenir sheets... I though they would ruin them!! Kira and I removed then very slowly and carefully, and they didn't do any damage to the souvenir sheets!! *whew* ! I was even wondering if it was special tape that didn't harm stamps... (I know *my* scotch Tape would rip them apart if taken off...!)

#Rob1956
Kira's birthday was a week ago... sorry I didn't see your reply until today Sad {I wish this site would send Notifications of new messages...!}

She's now 12! Earlier tonight, she soaked some stamps her aunt gave her (at her work, she gets a couple of stamps each week) - Boy stamps are HARD to come by these days.

Yes I mentioned D&D... I've been playing it for a long time too (like 30 years). I'll send you a PM about it... Happy

And it's not hard to imagine that 'fancy painted' boomerangs are for tourists...!

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Good to see everyone helping a 12 year old (BTW wish Kira a belated Happy BirthdayParty) .

I too started collecting stamps a year back when I was 15 years old, and really love this Hobby.

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I mean notifications of new messages in the this specific thread... (i.e. the ability to Subscribe to a Thread) - I've been managing a PHPBB forum for over a decade, and that option is available in that forum.

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Thanks! I'll let her know when she returns from school later today!

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Hi RiTz21

Just came out of hospital, will have a little rest then my fiancee and I will find an authentic aboriginal item/s for her, I can assure you she will most likely be the only person in Canada to have one.

Real aboriginal designs and craftsmanship are very beautiful to see.

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I hope all is well..

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Hi RiTz21

Feeling much better now, needed to have a rest after spending a miserable time in the isolation ward from a very serious bout of influenza. Soon Victoria and I will be heading for the Aboriginal artefacts shop to buy the present we promised Kira; it's a little belated but it will be well worth the wait.

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I am glad that you're feeling better!!

And have no worries about Kira! She's about to finish her Primary school (ouch I feel old..!) Next September, she's going to High School... She's going for her Graduation photo tomorrow at school.

Stamp wise, it's been quiet. Her aunt gives her stamps from time to time, but we have so very few stamps on envelopes, it's a bit sad.

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Hi RiTz21

The kids here do not finish until a week before Christmas, and it wasn’t until recently that 12 year olds no longer were primary school children, but first year high school students (grade 8). I felt old when my daughters reached high school.

I can send FDCs (First Day Covers), some recent covers issued are a set of Australian Fauna featuring the Galah, Red Kangaroo, Tasmanian Devil and the Blue-Tongued Lizard.

The next is a set of stamps titled Sustainable Fish, featuring the Patagonian Tooth fish (and Bird exclusion device), Blue Grenadier (and Seal excluder device), Tiger Flathead (and Mesh to reduce by-catch), this is the information found on the stamps.

There is also the Queen's Birthday. Anzac Day and the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

A set of stamps were issued on May 7th titled Flightless Birds with the image of the Emu, Southern Cassowary and the Little Penguin.

The Cassowary is the world’s most dangerous bird and can easily kill a man; it’s got me beat why a man in the US kept one as a pet, the bird turned on him and killed him, I read about this last week. These birds can stand as high as 2 metres and weigh as much as 58.5 kg.

I will send the covers on Monday. The artefact will be sent soon after, as it is over 14,000 km from Australia to Canada the skill of sending it will be in the art of packaging the item. The item will be hand painted and no two designs are the same.

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Hi RiTz21,

I only ran across this thread today. If your daughter is interested, I can send some horse stamps for US or Japan. I have some duplicates I'd be glad to send to a young collector.

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hehe goes to show how different school systems exists on our big earth!

She placed the very beautiful stamps you gave her into a stock album (see image) - I always found Canadian stamps very beautiful in general, but I am realizing that Australian stamps are pretty good looking, if not even better than Canadian stamps..! If I were 10 years old again, I would so much start collecting Dinosaur stamps! LOL

At that age, my mum got me a book that had a lot of Dinosaurs landscapes, and you could purchase packs of stickers with Dinosaurs on them: You would stick the various Dinosaurs/stickers in the scenes and try to get all of them (exchanging the missing stickers with friends...) - Geez I loved that book!

Cassowary - Indeed I saw that article about the man who was killed by that bird...! OUCH! That's one scary bird! And Australia sure has weird fauna... Taz devils and Dalahs? HEHE

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Certainly, if you wish to do so.
I updated Kira's Horse Album HERE, so you can see what she already has.

Cheers!
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Hi R

It sure is a different system comparing how schools in different countries work, I know that in the USA school terms finish early because of the snowfall; here in Australia it is hot at the end of the year.

In some parts of Australia, Rockhampton in North Queensland, I spent a few years there, the temperature in the summer can reach 40 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit) which is common and though it is uncommon the temperature had risen to 45 degrees (113 degrees), one can actually see the tar from the road melt into the gutter and a person can literally fry an egg on the footpath, which I have seen kids do out of interest.

That particular heat killed many small birds and there are signs that warn people not to walk barefoot and to wear a hat or stay inside.

The Tasmanian devil is a cute little animal until it is picked up and then the biting starts, they are an endangered species; when my father was a child he lived near a bush in Tasmania and he used to say that every summer’s night one could hear the noise of the Tasmanian Devil and Tasmanian Tiger.

The Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine) is now extinct as a result of farmers and hunters mistaking them to be responsible for killing livestock; I have never seen one as the last thylacine died in Taronga Zoo in 1933; there have been recent sightings of one but never confirmed.

It’s hard to believe that Australia is home to 21 of the world’s 25 most deadly snakes and has the most lethal species than in any other part of the world, but it is still quite safe to visit or live here; as the majority of the deadly species live inland and the majority of Australians live in the coastal area.

I have lived inland and in many coastal areas and have only seen 4 species that is considered dangerous in my life, a person would need to be very unlucky to be confronted by a dangerous animal, reptile or marine life.

Only 3 months ago it was mentioned on the news that a Chinese tourist picked up a blue-ringed octopus and his girlfriend took photos of him handling it until a resident told him to drop the octopus as it is the most poisonous marine animal in the world and if bitten he will die within minutes as there is no antivenin for it (The blue-ringed octopus, despite its small size, it can fit in the palm of an adult hand carries enough venom to kill twenty-six adult humans within minutes).

The Galah is a crazy bird and very noisy, but is seldom seen in Sydney, though the Cockatoo is very common, only last week there were at least 50 of those destructive and very noisy squawking birds in our tree.

I will be sending the FDCs after I get the newest cover just released titled “Native Bees”.

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/tourist-holds-deadly-blue-ringed-octopus-in-australia/ar-BBSVRQ0?li=AAaeXZz&%2525253Bocid=mailsignoutmd

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R,

I will gather some horse stamps and mail them. I hope she likes them.

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Ah here its the contrary: School ends in summer when its how, and is in full swing even in the deep winter months! EHEH Kids are so happy when a big storm forces school closure... Big Grin

Good read about those animals.. and snakes! Scary!! I don't think we have any animals here that are poisonous... at least, not that I am aware of!! And that blue-ringed octopus sure is cute.. LOL


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Kira received your letter yesterday!! She has already commandeered me to find Dates and description so she can write it with the stamps... MANY thanks for helping her out!!

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P.S. and YES she did change clothes between the shots! WOMEN... LOL!

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Hi R

Does Kira collect 3D stamps, as I found a set of them, about 12 mint unhinged from Bhutan (they're vintage cars) and each stamp looks quite stunning; pity I cannot put them on-line as it will not show up as 3D.

I have included some non-3D stamps of cars from St. Vincent (SS) and single stamps from the Solomon Islands and a booklet of self-adhesive Australian cars as well.

There are a few Australian FDCs plus their single stamps. The colours of the animals and bees really make them stand out, they look more vibrant in colour when they are in front of you than on a screen.

Tomorrow my partner and I are going to visit the indigenous artefacts shop, the biggest challenge is to send it safely, I'm quite sure there is going to be a lot of high denomination stamps on it (I'll insist they do).

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What is it worth you say. What does it matter I say.
Like it, worth nothing, what the hell. I want it.

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I am glad to hear that Kira received the stamps I sent. She looks happy. Thanks for posting the photo. It is wonderful to see a young collector enjoying her collection.

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3D stamps? I didn't know this was a thing... no, Kira prefers Horses - but she did appreciate the very beautiful animals stamps you sent! She set them up in the stock book she has Happy

@ConnieB
Many thanks for helping her out! With school almost over, she'll have more plenty of time to hinge these new stamps in her album!!

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@Ritz21, if you are looking for a quick way to find dates and information on the horse stamps I sent, have you tried using Colnect.com? You can filter by the themes, countries and time frames to see a list of stamps. Here is a link to the filter I used to select the stamps I sent Kira: https://colnect.com/en/stamps/years/country/6976-Japan/theme/103o3195-Horses-OR-Equestrianism_and_horse_riding

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