Today, October 10, is Columbus Day, once regaled as the opening of the Western hemisphere to the Old World and now the focal point among historians to reflect and interpret the archaic practices of territorial expansion of that time. Political and social views notwithstanding, Columbus certainly has a place in the world of stamp collecting.
When the 400th anniversaries of Christopher Columbus’ voyages were observed starting in 1892, there were celebrations noting the Italian-born explorer’s excursions to the Americas. Of particular note was the World’s Columbian Exposition, essentially a world’s fair, in Chicago. That’s when the United States Post Office Department issued its first-ever commemoratives, a handsome engraved set of 16, including several unprecedented high-denomination stamps. The stamps are called “Columbians” among collectors.
Canada celebrates its hockey heroes with a booklet of six, a souvenir sheet, and international rate souvenir sheets, honoring great NHL goal scorers. The stamps were issued September 23. An unveiling took place at the Esso Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
The Great Canadian Forwards stamp lineup includes: Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins), Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens), Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs), Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings), and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins). Five of the six individuals were in attendance at the unveiling event that was broadcast live on Canada Post’s Facebook page.
Norica’s PostNord has signed an agreement with Cartor Security Printing for the production of Swedish and Danish stamps. The design of stamps will continue to be conducted within PostNord.
The agreement is a way for PostNord to adapt to a changing market and to create better conditions for developing stamp production, said Britt-Inger Hahne, head of PostNord Stamps.
During 2017, the production of the Danish and Swedish stamps will gradually be transferred to Cartor Security Printing, a global value printing house that specializes in stamps. The businesses are located in France and England, and the printing house delivers to postal operators and other customers worldwide.
Among Cartor Security Printing’s many stamp clients are Royal Mail and the Channel Islands, Austria, Portugal, and Singapore.