News and Views. . .
Old Man Winter has Southern Ontario firmly in his grip, and he is not likely to let go for some time. We have had lots of snow and very low temperatures. Stamp collecting is a pleasant pursuit at any time of year, but there is something special about settling down with your stamps on a cold winter evening.
Thanks to all of the bidders who helped to make our January auction a success. Many of the singles, sets, and covers drew aggressive bidding. Areas like older British Africa, French Colonies and Portuguese Colonies are in strong demand.
Large lots continue to be very popular. Many are perfect for starting a new country or expanding an existing collection. A lot of album spaces can be filled at reasonable prices. Dealers are finding plenty of material with good profit potential to add to their stocks.
Norman Rockwell was first associated with the Boy Scouts
in 1912 when he worked as an illustrator for Boy's Life, the monthly magazine of the Boy Scouts of America. He was only
19 years old.
Over the next six decades he produced sixty-five paintings depicting the activities and values of the
scouting movement. He also illustrated numerous
Boy Scout handbooks and calendars.
In 1960, 'stamp designer' was added to Rockwell’s list of accomplishments. The US Postal Service commissioned him to design a 4¢ stamp
to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts. The issue was extremely popular. A First Day Cover of this
iconic stamp, signed by Norman Rockwell, is offered in this sale.
His art has appeared on many stamps around the world. One particularly nice set depicting 50 Rockwell Scout paintings was issued by Liberia in 1979.
Our auction schedule is now set for 2024. There will be auctions every
two months. We will also have booths at five shows this year: Toronto (2), Ottawa, London Ontario, and Hartford Connecticut.
This sale is packed full with all kinds of interesting and unusual lots.
There are excellent sections of Canada, United States, Canada Provinces, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Colonies, Cyprus and Austria.
There are also many hundreds of fine lots of worldwide postal history, Zeppelin covers, and postcards. Happy hunting and good luck in the auction!