News and Views. . .
As I write this, Southern Ontario is in the grip of a cold snap accompanied by an unusually large amount
of snow. It is the type of weather that freezes pipes and keeps your car from starting. Ponds and lakes are
frozen for skating, hockey, and ice fishing. We are experiencing true Canadian winter weather.
As much as we Canadians love winter, it can also be nice to get away from it. My wife Pam and I recently returned from an amazing three week trip to South America where we enjoyed the beauty of Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, and Uruguay. We saw some spectacular natural scenery with glaciers and rugged mountains. Highlights of our holiday included a visit to the penguin colonies, the trip around Cape Horn, seeing the mausoleum of the legendary Eva ‘Evita’ Peron, and an excursion to the Chilean Research Station in Antarctica.
As an avid horsewoman, Pam greatly enjoyed visiting a working gaucho ranch
just outside of Buenos Aires. As an avid philatelist, I enjoyed seeing many of the sites that I have only seen on stamps such as the Whale Jaw Bone Monument. It was also a real pleasure to visit a couple of famous Post Offices that I have always heard about. I had the opportunity to post mail from the Post Office at Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and at the fascinating Post Office at Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Situated on a dock, it is the most southerly Post Office in the world. It was an extremely memorable trip.
Welcome to our March 20th auction. This is our largest sale in years with over 8,300 lots on the auction block. The whole team here at Vance Auctions is always excited when each new catalogue is posted. We all put in hundreds of hours describing, typing, scanning, and compiling each publication,
so it is always nice to hear that you enjoy browsing through it.
Amongst many strong sections included in this sale are China and other Far Eastern countries, United States revenues, Canadian classics, exceptional British Commonwealth, as well
as some wonderful covers, postal history, and postcards. There
are bound to be lots of interesting items that you can add to your collection. Good luck!