Two significant Canadian-penned operas and three talented individuals who helped to put modern Canadian opera talent on the world stage are featured on five stamps to be issued February 4.
The permanent stamps that pay the first-class domestic rate (currently 85 cents) are produced in booklets of 10 and a souvenir sheet of five.
Three stamps shine the spotlight on award-winning bass baritone Gerald Finley, internationally acclaimed soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and late director Irving Guttman, known as the “father of opera in Western Canada.”
Two stamps honor operas: the 1967 work Louis Riel, which romanticizes the life of the legendary Métis leader while Filumena is the tale of an Italian immigrant who was the only woman to be hanged in Alberta.
As with all stamp issues in 2017, these stamps have been treated with special tagging to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. “Canada 150” will appear along the top of the stamps when they are viewed under black light.
The Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition — which brings dealers, world-class exhibits, specialty societies, and philatelic friendship all under one roof — begins its three-day run Friday, February 3, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium in Florida.
The show, sponsored by the Sarasota Philatelic Club, opens at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, closing at 5:30 p.m. the first two days and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. There’s free parking and admission.
The show, featuring 200 frames of exhibits, is part of the American Philatelic Society’s World Series of Philately so winning single- and multi-frame exhibits are eligible for the final World Series competition set for August at StampShow in Richmond, Virginia.
The sold-out bourse will have 40 dealers carrying all collecting specialties. Clubs and societies scheduled to take part are the Auxiliary Markings Club, the Canal Zone Study Group, United States Possessions Society. The United Nations Postal Administration and U.S. Postal Service will be on hand.
Several lectures and meetings are scheduled, including an open forum on exhibiting sponsored by the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, “Finland Figure Cancels,” “Exhibiting in Iceland,” and a meeting of women exhibitors. There will be an awards banquet Saturday night.
Novice youth and adult collectors will find special areas just for them. Free appraisals of collections will be available. For more information, visit the club’s website, www.sarasotastampclub.com/show.html.
Mathieu Da Costa — a 17th-century interpreter who is thought to be the first person of African descent to arrive in Canada — is featured on this year’s Black History stamp from Canada Post.
The domestic rate self-adhesive stamps sold in booklets of 10 are being formally issued February 1 at the start of Black History Month. The official first-day cover is canceled in Tadoussac, Quebec, where historians believe Da Costa may have come ashore.
Da Costa continues to fascinate and confound scholars. Admittedly little is known about Da Costa and there is no known portrait. From the few records that remain, historians conclude he was a free man who earned a living as an interpreter for Europeans who were trading with indigenous people in the New World. Believed to be of African or even Euro-African descent, his connection to Canada came in the year 1608 — the year Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Québec — when Da Costa signed a contract to work for French fur trader, explorer and governor of Acadia, Pierre Dugua de Mons.
The Philatelic Summit 2017 to be held April 7 to 9 in Stockholm, Sweden will offer presentations and workshops by some of the world’s leading philatelists. There are spaces that remain available for those interested in participating.
A summit focus will be on choice of material based on philatelic importance. Through workshops and presentations, the summit will cover areas such as postal history, thematic philately, and traditional philately.
One keynote presentation is “Fathers of Philately and London as the Stronghold of Organized Philately,” by Brian John Birch, Tomas Bjäringer. Another is “Philatelic Importance Reflected Through the History of Philatelic Exhibiting and Glanced Through the Today’s Context,” by Christopher G. Harman.
Others offering presentations include Gordon Eubanks, Jamie Gough, Lawrence Haber, and Jonas Hällström.
The summit is organized by Corinphila, Köhler and their partners in the Global Philatelic Network.
The U.S. Postal Service will walk boldly down the runway next month as it hosts its most fashionable first-day ceremony ever when it honors fashion designer Oscar de la Renta on a set of new forever stamps.
The 11 stamps — 10 featuring details from dresses and gowns designed by de la Renta — along with a single stamp of the designer’s black-and-white portrait – will be formally released at 11 a.m. February 16 Vanderbilt Hall East at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
The ceremony occurs during what is known as Fashion Week when designers release their latest collections, often to the glitz and glamour of special showings.
Those scheduled to be on hand for the stamp ceremony include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue magazine; Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC; Anderson Cooper, journalist, author, and son of designer Gloria Vanderbilt; and Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service.
The Postal Service notes that there will be no autograph session, something typically held at many first-days allowing those in attendance to briefly interact with those taking part in the ceremony.
Internet glimpses of appreciations for the designer inevitably include the words “pioneer,” “elegant,” and “gentleman.”