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Stamps - Ye Editor's Corner

( Originally Published 1893 )


IN making our customary how to the Philatelic public, we think it necessary to justify our appeal for support in the face of the large number of journals devoted to this science, and which appear and disappear with almost monotonous regularity.

So large a number of these publications are but little more than dealers' lists or puffs, or consist in the main of articles which have before appeared in other pages. that it seemed to us and to those of our friends whom we have consulted that there was room for a magazine conducted upon high-class grounds, devoted to Philately in its best aspects, not with the idea of forwarding the interests of money-making stamp collecting as a trade, but the study of the science.

Our articles—which, by the way, will always he original—will be prepared by some of the acknowledged leaders in Philatelic literature. We have on our list of contributors, Capt. E. F. Wurtele, J. R. Hooper, R. W. Ashcroft, L. H. Benton, W. Cullen Brown. Roy F. Greene. Guy W. Green, C. E. Severn, W. A. Withrow," Texarkana,"

Professor Shelly," J. P. Glass, Brewster C. Kenyon, L. G. Quackenbush, "The Antiquary," and several others on general subjects, while our chronicle will be ably conducted by W. C. Stone. W. A. Withrow will discourse on the series of the stamps of the United States of America, including the regular adhesives, the departments, the newspaper stamps, the envelope stamps and the provisional issues, as well as the Confederate States, both locals and the regular issue, which it is our purpose to illustrate extensively. In addition to this respectable list of names we are in negotiation with many other writers of both hemispheres, and have arranged with correspondents in. many lands for information crisp and new.

So far as lies in our power, it is our determination to fill the promises made in our advance circular and to endeavor to put THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF PHILATELY upon such a basis as to ensure recognition as a standard publication, and to this end we should thank our readers, subscribers or advertisers, to favor us with their suggestions as to any improvements of which they think it capable.


WE have chosen as the subject of our biography for the initial number that genial person known as Mr. Edward V. Parker. He first saw the light of day in the village of Weston. about ten miles from Toronto, August 13th, 1865. He received a good high school education, and has been identified with Philately for over twelve years.

He first began collecting in 1881. hut since has disposed of his general collection. and is now only paying attention to the stamps of British North America and the United States of America. He is at the present day the undisputed largest dealer in the Dominion of Canada, and the only one that devotes his whole time to dealing. His specialties are Canada, United States of America and rare foreign stamps, and he has at present a very large stock, both rare and common. lie recently purchased one of the finest general collections on this continent, and in so doing added many varieties to his already large stock, He is a member of the American Philatelic Association and the Toronto Philatelic Club.


WE beg to offer an apology for the non-appearance of our "Chronicle of New Issues." also the colored plate which was to have accompanied the same in this number. as the copy of it had not arrived at the time of our going to press. We shall make it up in some future number, so our subscribers will eventually not lose anything by its nonappearance.


WE, on behalf of our contributors, would at all times be pleased to receive informa- tion regarding any errors in our articles which pertain to stamps, or of having in your possession any varieties not mentioned in them. We particularly desire this of our 11.S. article, as we wish it to he as complete and correct as possible, and a reliable guide tor collectors.


IN a letter recently received from Mr. Edward J. Nankivell, assistant editor and man- ager of The London Philatelist, he stated that the" Philatelic Society of London" had purchased the original plates or dies from which the stamps of Prince Edward Island were printed. The society is having proofs printed off on plate paper from them for the readers of their journal, The London Philatelist, and after that is done the dies are to be defaced and hung up in their rooms. There will be seven plates in all. He wound up by saying, " We have thus saved these plates from the hands of the reprinters forever."


THROUGH the kindness of Mr. W. H. Bruce, we are the possessors of an error of the one cent value of the United States Columbian envelope. The error is in the lines which represent the parallels of longitude and latitude, parts of some of them being missing. The first parallel of latitude south of, or below, the equator, is missing in the globe on which the head of " Liberty" is represented, from the left side of it to her upper lip, and the first two parallels of longitude from the left are missing, from the equator to the second parallel of latitude south of the equator. The circle is broken on the left side also. We have received several used copies of this same error during the past few weeks.


AFTER sending out our advance circular, we decided on not haying an engraved cover, preferring to put the necessary cost of same to the advancement and betterment of the interior. \Ve do not see the use of an expensive cover, as it is thrown away when the journal is bound. Another change we decided on was not to have a review department, at least for regular publications, \Ve shall continue, however, to review all occasional publications and priced catalogues of auction sales, which come under our notice. We shall review all initial numbers of new papers, and occasional numbers of other journals.


THE number of adhesive stamps of this series cannot he determined exactly, but it may benefit our readers to know some of the figures relating to them. 4,400,000 of the " 5 cents" value, and 1,050,000 of the " 10 cents" value were furnished the department, of which 3,712,000 of the " 5 cents " value, and 891,000 of the " 10 cents " value, were distributed; a portion, to the value of $12,038.55, were ret urned, and exchanged for the issue of 185r. The amount of stamps issued of the other series can be determined, and will be found in the text of " The Adhesive Postage Stamps of the United States of America."

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