Thursday, December 27, 2007

Queen Elizabeth on Stamps

Near the end of December 2007, Queen Elizabeth II became our oldest ever monarch. By the time you read this, her eldest son Charles will hold the record for the longest wait by an heir to the throne. Victoria's son King Edward VII had held the previous record of waiting, which was 59 years and two months!

Newfoundland #192
The first stamp issued for HRH Elizabeth was Newfoundland Scott #192 issued in 1932. Canada also issued stamps during the 1930s showing Princess Elizabeth. These were a 1c stamp for the 1935 King George V Silver Jubilee issue of six stamps and the 1939 1c Royal Visit stamp which also showed her sister Margaret. In 1947 Princess Elizabeth was featured on a small Canadian stamp #276 for the Royal Wedding to Philip Mountbatten. He would not be featured on a stamp until 1951 when he and Princess Elizabeth appeared on Scott #315. By the way, one f my favourite Canadian Queen Elizabeth stamps is the 1959 Royal Visit stamp #386. From a painting by Pietro Annigoni, it is a beauty!

Canada #386
Many of these stamps are usually in stock in mint and used singles, some in blocks, plate blocks, sheets and some first day covers. Send us your want list -

Monday, December 17, 2007

Canada - Chinese Lunar New Year Stamps

In 1997 Canada started a programme to commemorate this annual event. The stamps are superbly designed and the issues also include souvenir sheets and other special post office offerings. 2008 will complete the cycle of twelve different years. I recommend these issues as they are continuing to grow in popularity and supplies are of course limited. Over the years they should appreciate in value. See our listing at our web site for items presently in stock at

We are interested in buying Canadian Lunar New Year items as well. Especially Lunar Packs, and especially the Year of the Ox and Year of the Rabbit Lunar Packs. Please contact us by email with your price if you have any of these items for sale -

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Toronto Stamp Collectors Club - Insurance and Bankers Stamp Club

John Talman seated center front as president of the Toronto Stamp Collectors Club with their members and members of the Insurance and Bankers Stamp Club - Canadian Branch. (photographer Peter Butler, Greater Toronto Area Philatelic Alliance)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Canada #330 - 4c Violet Coronation Commemorative

The following Post Office memo was found in an old collection and helps explain why plate one is scarcer than many other plate corners of this stamp:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Halloween is a time when most people give candy to kids. On a few occasions we have put little packets of stamps as well as candy into the kids bags. Must make them think! Some kids even came back for more stamps and who knows, it might have turned a few of them into stamp collectors. The world needs more stamp collectors!

John Talman

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Canada - 1951 2c Olive Green #305 Wanted

Wanted to purchase: Canada Unitrade #305 - 1951 2c olive green - we need a large quantity of wholesale quantities used. We will pay Can. $2.00 per thousand. Contact us at to discuss.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Canada Lunar New Year Souvenir Sheets Wanted

We presently have a customer for the Canada Post issued Chinese Lunar New Year souvenir sheets 1997-2005. He is looking for 450 souvenir sheets per year. If you have access to quantities of these items please email us at and let us know your asking price.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Great Britain Stamp Collectors

Great Britain Stamp Collectors - have a look at our eBay offers now! We are offering some very nice Great Britain material including two Penny Black covers. The closing date for the two cover lots is Sunday April 29, 2007.

Our eBay Great Britain lots are located at this link:

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pierron's Online Catalogue

Pierron's Online Catalogue for Modern Great Britain and Commonwealth Errors by Tom Pierron - a pay service some of you may be interested in:

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Stamp Wants

We have just started listing items for auction on a new site called Stamp Wants. You can find us there at:

Remember to have a look at our private treaty list on our regular web site. We update those offers regularly.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


The "B" and "G" are very close on your keyboard. Keep this in mind when you are typing "gum disturbance". We have noted a mistake on more than a few sites!

John Talman

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Year of the Pig - Trade!

A Great Trade: send us $15.55 to $155.50 face value in Canadian Year of the Pig stamps and we will send you an equal face value in Canadian issues ten years old or more. Condition must be never hinged and fresh. Sorry, but with this offer we cannot supply individual requested stamps. You should be pleased with the stamps you receive in return! Since this is a trade, no further taxes will apply.

Please send to: John H. Talman Ltd. Box 70 Adelaide St. P.O. Toronto ON M5C 2H8 CANADA

phone in Toronto 416-363-9997.
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