Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas stamps

There is growing frustration and angst among many Postcrossers on our facebook page regarding the wanton 'pen mark' cancellation that is becoming the norm. emails have been sent and phone calls made to Canada Post to complain. I understand the postal employees are disgruntled, but this scribble just ruins the stamp and makes it worthless to any collector. who wants to save that??

I am not a collector of cancellations, though I do like the special ones, but I'd rather see an uncancelled stamp than one defaced in what looks like a disrespectful manner.

these stamps above are from 2005 and 2007. both were designed by Hélène L'Heureux and feature holographic snowflakes. the snowman of 2005 was the first time a secular Christmas stamp was issued.

What I really wanted to feature this week for Sunday Stamps II were these from Ukraine.
one from 2012 designed by Olena Levska

and this 2013 one designed by painter Vladimir Kornev
I love how the gold shimmers.

Sunday Stamps is continuing on with a link up over at See it on a Postcard.
Some people have been experiencing problems getting a link for See it on a Postcard to work (including myself, though now it's working on my sidebar). please let me know if this is still happening. 


  1. It's not just scribbles that frustrate me about modern postage stamps it;s the use of self adhesive stamps. You have to resort to the use of acetone or even WD-40 to get them off the envelopes and even then you have to treat them several time to remove all the glue.
    I can't get the link either.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. Scribbles are not just a Canadian phenomenon, why don't they just hand stamp those that the machines have missed, I'm sure that would be quicker than the elaborate biro marks they make. Rant over. Love that little bird in the sled. The linky seems to be working OK.

  3. The Canadian snowman is my favorite.

  4. I think the closure of sorting offices has resulted in more pen/scribbled cancellations here, they are very common. Lovely stamps from Ukraine.

  5. What a shame they have to deface the stamps that way.

  6. This issue with not getting a follow feed on See it on a Postcard seems to stem from my accidental use of google + and google friend connect. I didn't want that, but can't find a way to change it.
    If anyone has any advice, please share!!. Thanks.

  7. I agree with Bob, the self adhesion of stamps is a disaster for stamp collectors (like my 80+ old-uncle) because it is hard fto get the stamps off the envelopes. Speaking for myself, it's not such a big problem because I keep the stamps on my mail. A scribbled one every now and then makes me feel the stamp has passed a real person instead of a cancellation machine, but indeed I prefer a 'real' cancellation stamp.
    I like those Canadese ones, and the name of the designer makes me happy :-)

  8. That scribble counts as a cancellation?

    Christmas stamps are among my favorites.


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