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DavidG
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10 Jan 2021
11:24:38am
I started collecting stamps when I was eight years old, in 1973. My Mum worked for Canada Post and purchased a plate block of each of these for me.

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The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was held in Ottawa, hosted By Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and attended by Her Majesty The Queen. Silver-coloured and gold-coloured stamps, with a lovely engraved portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. The portrait looks like the one we had in our classroom.

To this day, I still think they are the most beautiful stamps issued by Canada Post.

David
Ottawa, Canada
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10 Jan 2021
07:27:16pm
re: My Favourite Canadian Stamps

David's choice is excellent, but for me there is one Canadian stamp that's even more attractive. That's the famous Bluenose stamp, issued in 1929

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The block that is shown is, unfortunately, not in my collection, but it was in my apartment a few years ago! It was part of a small collection of Commonwealth stamps that was donated to the BC Philatelic Society by the son of a deceased collector. The collector had worked at various places around the world, and always made a habit of buying new stamps at post offices in the communities he visited, as well as approvals. There were few high catalogue items, although the many short sets of Commonwealth stamps issued in the the 1950s brought several hundred dollars in local auctions. The Bluenose, however, was special. The upper right stamp is an example of the "Man on Mast" constant variety (not the dot within the red circle). That variety significantly raised the value of the entire block; as I recall, the club sold it in auction for almost $2,000.

I do have one Bluenose in my collection. Here it is:

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My understanding is that my used Bluenose stamp could have seen philatelic use. The 50-cent rate was far more than necessary for letter mail; most Bluenose stamps were probably used on parcels and cancelled with roller cancels.

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10 Jan 2021
07:43:01pm
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"My understanding is that my used Bluenose stamp could have seen philatelic use."



Possibly, but not necessarily.

Here is a bank tag I sold a couple of years ago. Banks used to mail bags of currency by registered mail.

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10 Jan 2021
08:18:34pm
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I wonder what value a Bluenose on tag or parcel would have today for a collector ?

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10 Jan 2021
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"I wonder what value a Bluenose on tag or parcel would have today for a collector ?"



This one sold to active bidding for US$115

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11 Jan 2021
12:22:16pm
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Bob:

That is a lovely Bluenose block with the "man on the mast" error. At least you got to enjoy it for a short period of time.

David

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11 Jan 2021
06:39:13pm
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Here's a detail image of the "Man on the Mast."
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12 Jan 2021
02:25:11pm
re: My Favourite Canadian Stamps

Roy noted that high-value parcel post stamps have often been used on shipping labels. I knew that! I forgot that!

Here’s a shipping tag from my collection, bearing two of my favourite Canadian stamps, the .50 “Munitions” Stamp and the $1 “Destroyer” stamp, both from Canada’s 1942 “War Issue”:

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For more information about this particular shipping tag, see my web page, ”Payday at Woodfibre”.

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13 Jan 2021
01:09:39pm
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13 Jan 2021
04:41:47pm
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Amen, Smauggie! A gorgeous copy (and a stamp I wish were in my collection.)

Bob

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13 Jan 2021
08:50:55pm
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Smauggie:

A beautiful stamp.

God Save The Queen.

David

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BlueSpruce
16 Jan 2021
07:04:14pm

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Great stamps! I’m a fibre artist who spins, embroiders, hooks rug, knits, etc. My favorite stamp is #334. - the Canadian textile industry stamp with the CPW (Canadian Production Wheel) on it. Here it is withthe standard government overprint. Unitrade #O38.

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17 Jan 2021
12:12:20pm
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BlueSpruce:

Excellent story and history of the stamp. I did not know that was a CPW! See, you learn something everyday with this hobby. I like the way your two hobbies come together.

David

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