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Stamps - Northwestern Notes

( Originally Published 1893 )

NOW that the amalgamation of the two Canadian Philatelic Societies is being agitated, would it not be a good plan to see how many members favor the move• merit, and if they are in the majority to form one society under a new name, re-electing officers at the coming convention. This would overcome the difficulty which the American Philatelists met when they tried to merge three societies into one.

The Toronto Stamp Concern has had considerable free advertising of late. One of their coupons, " No. 25," found its way to Winnipeg all right, but it stayed there as a curiosity (?).

The current three-cent stamps on sale here are of a very pretty color, but of so light a shade that the fine lines can hardly be seen at night.

I have had a pleasant surprise lately. A well known name—Philateiic—is now associated with Winnipeg. The other day a young Philatelist complained to me that the bookkeeper in the drug store he worked at cabbaged " all the Columbian stamps that came there. I asked who this bookkeeper was, and he replied that it was Mr. Adolph Krebs, of New York. That accounted for it.

The Manitoba Philatelic Association, which was organized here a couple of years ago, is practically dead. A movement is about to be made to re-establish the society on a firmer basis, and it is to be hoped that it will make a success.

Rogers' American Philatelic Blue Book has made its appearance in this part of the world. To my mind, it is one of the best attempts ever made, which will succeed in placing our hobby in a favorable light before the world. A large number of the Blue Books will be bought by general advertising agencies, for the purpose of securing good agents. Novelty manufacturers, card men, etc., recognise the fact that stamp collectors are hustling agents.

The biographical department of the Stamp is very well written and always interesting, but from a copy of the May number before me, I judge that the man who sponges the lithographs in " Stowell's Printery " saw a pretty girl passing the window, for Bogert's photo resembles an advertisement of a " spirit photograph machine " more than an American Philatelist in Paris.

Our postal authorities are adopting the American plan of placing letter-boxes in the large hotels.

The printers of the Eagle Philatelist use very appropriate spacers for Reimer's notes, which are decidedly " sharp."

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