Stamp Stories

Stamp Stories

Join Adrian on his philatelic adventures, as he uncovers the historical significance behind a different Canadian stamp in every episode. If you love history or stamp collecting, we've got you covered.

All Episodes

Welcome to Episode 30, where we share all the results of The Great Canadian Stamp Survey. We have added chapter markers, so you can jump to the questions you are curious about. We have included images of the results too. Read our full write up, with notes and slides: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/the-great-canadian-stamp-survey-5de2f57de034 Want more Stamp Stories? Don't want to miss an episode? Our website has all you need - check it out here: http://stampstories.ca/

Nov 26

47 min 8 sec

Help us learn what Canadian Stamp Collectors care about by filling in this short 15 minute survey. Please also share with your Canadian stamp collecting friends! http://stampstories.ca/tgcss

Nov 11

4 min 11 sec

In Episode 29, we learn about a female painter, who captured the landscape of WWI right after the war and the stamps Canada Post recently released to honour her. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/mary-riter-hamilton-63e0e2b4c8c5

Nov 2020

16 min 45 sec

In Episode 28, we delve into the story of Laura Secord, and the two stamps that Canada Post released to celebrate this Canadian Heroine. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://stampstoriesca.medium.com/laura-secord-2608c388fee0

Oct 2020

22 min 45 sec

In Episode 27, we learn about the history of Winnie the Pooh, and the stamps Canada Post created with Walt Disney Canada to celebrate a special milestone. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/winnie-the-pooh-2c3f347d6382

May 2020

21 min 15 sec

In Episode 26, we learn about the history of the Trans Canada highway, the second longest national highway in the world, and the stamps that celebrate it. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/the-trans-canada-highway-eb7014313bf0?sk=a88d9281b7f26773bcf1a840b7402c29

Oct 2019

35 min 32 sec

In Episode 25, we learn about the career and life of a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen and the stamps issued by Canada Post September 2019 to celebrate his career. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/leonard-cohen-47a51f228067?sk=18bedd3399450afed44bca198d0a5661

Oct 2019

2 hr 14 min

We're back producing show again, under a new name, but with the same team! We'll have a much more focused way of producing this Podcast. We hope you'll enjoy what we have in store! Make sure to check out our new space on the web: http://stampstories.ca and on Twitter @StampStoriesCA

Oct 2019

1 min 38 sec

In Episode 24, we learn about the history of the Canadarm and the stamp issued by Canada Post to celebrate this momentous achievement in robotics. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/the-canadarm-62f52b5b6154

May 2017

7 min 59 sec

In Episode 23, we learn about The Constitution Act, 1982, the Charter and the stamps issued by Canada Post to celebrate this moment in Canadian history. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/the-constitution-act-1982-b9f630e938e3

May 2017

33 min 5 sec

In Episode 22, we look back at Expo67 and the stamps issued by Canada Post to celebrate the event. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/expo67-ba345aa6d3ee

Apr 2017

45 min 14 sec

In Episode 21, we celebrate Earth Day by looking at a joint issue released in 2005 by Canada Post and An Post of Ireland. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/earth-day-canada-ireland-joint-issue-in-2005-d5df81f9fafc

Apr 2017

9 min 10 sec

In Episode 20, we learn about Terry Fox, a young man celebrated on two Canadian stamps for inspiring people around the world with his courageous battle against cancer. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/terry-fox-44a9002b1d31

Apr 2017

16 min 40 sec

In episode 19 we talk about the courageous assault on Vimy Ridge by Canadian soldiers on April 9, 1917 and the stamps issued that depict the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/canadian-national-vimy-memorial-8619bf86ce5b

Apr 2017

25 min 26 sec

In Episode 18, I share my stamp soaking method. Get more info and a video of the method discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/soaking-stamps-fa49ba526013

Mar 2017

8 min 53 sec

In Episode 17, we learn about Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a founding father of Canada, the first Irishman in the English-speaking world to appear on a postage stamp, and the victim of the only politically motivated assassination in Canadian history. Check out the stamps (and more) discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/thomas-darcy-mcgee-581c2a0fa188

Mar 2017

15 min 23 sec

In Episode 16, we discuss the biggest and highest stamp denomination Canada Post has ever produced, the Blue Whale 10 dollar stamp. Show notes at: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/blue-whale-556d32d914be

Mar 2017

8 min 2 sec

In Episode 15, we learn about the recently released stamps from Canada Post honouring Canadian Opera. Show notes at: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/canadian-opera-7ed91bb30c3f

Mar 2017

18 min 37 sec

In Episode 14, we learn about Louis Riel, the controversial leader and founder of Manitoba, along with the stamps that commemorate him. Show notes at: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/louis-riel-67f58992941b

Feb 2017

17 min 32 sec

In Episode 13, we learn about the story behind the current Canadian Flag, how it came to be, and the stamps that honour it. Show notes at: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/canadian-flag-6a1ec667077d

Feb 2017

25 min 46 sec

In Episode 12, we learn about Viola Desmond, iconic Canadian civil rights activist and successful Nova Scotian businesswoman. Show notes at: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/viola-desmond-992b7e40b1ca

Feb 2017

14 min 30 sec

In Episode 11, we learn about Mathieu Da Costa, the 17th century interpreter, believed to be the first person of African descent to arrive in Canada whose name is still known today. Show notes at: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/mathieu-da-costa-3135466cb96d

Feb 2017

8 min 47 sec

In Episode 10, we look at what Canada Post will have in store for us for 2017. Check out the stamps discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/2017-canada-post-issues-6fa4850e150d

Jan 2017

8 min 52 sec

In Episode 9, we look at the 2016 holiday stamps issued by Canada Post. Check out the stamps discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/2016-canada-post-holiday-stamps-5d4827c07bf4

Dec 2016

8 min 14 sec

In Episode 8, we get the real story behind what some claim as the world’s first Christmas stamp, issued by Canada in 1898. Check out the stamps discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/the-worlds-first-christmas-stamp-71c9fe82535d

Nov 2016

22 min 30 sec

In Episode 7, we learn about the most famous ship in Canadian history, the Bluenose schooner, also known as the Queen of the North Atlantic. Check out the stamps discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/the-bluenose-6e1985d28843

Nov 2016

14 min 12 sec

In Episode 6, we celebrate the stamps created to honour Canada’s contribution to space exploration. Check out the stamps discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/celebrating-canadians-in-space-13cc8c1a769f

Nov 2016

10 min 39 sec

In Episode 5, we look at a selection of some of the stamps issued to commemorate Remembrance Day, November 11th. It’s an important day to take a moment of silence and thank true heroes for their sacrifice and service. Check out the stamps discussed in this episode here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/in-flanders-field-ed2b8a88fe38

Nov 2016

13 min 31 sec

In Episode 4, for Halloween, we look at a selection of some of my favourite Haunted Canada stamps. Check out the stamps here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/happy-halloween-2016-haunted-canada-stamps-aa8d7b160ef2

Oct 2016

11 min 23 sec

In Episode 3, we went back a bit to talk about how to start collecting Canadian stamps, what are the basics to know and what, if any tools do you need. Full show notes here: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/in-episode-3-we-went-back-a-bit-to-talk-about-how-to-start-collecting-what-are-the-basics-to-know-9109d968a712

Oct 2016

14 min 56 sec

In Episode 2, we talk about the creation of the Canadian Association for Philatelic Exhibitions (CAPEX), with a focus on the stamps from CAPEX ‘51, CAPEX’78 and The Canada 82 Youth Exhibition. Show notes at https://medium.com/stamp-stories/the-canada-82-youth-exhibition-3100928653f9

Oct 2016

17 min 39 sec

In our first episode (of the new format) we celebrate the Chicago Cubs historic entry to their first World Series since 1945, with a look back at Baseball stamps in Canadian history. Show notes: https://medium.com/stamp-stories/canadian-stamps-about-baseball-8fd9d52c8b5d

Oct 2016

7 min 53 sec