WELCOME to the
STAMP of the DAY
DOMINION of CANADA
October 22, 2004
Masterpieces of Canadian Art Issue
"Summer, 1959" by Jean-Paul Lemieux
One Dollar Forty Cents Multicoloured
White Wove TRC Paper with GT4 Tagging
Perforated 13.2 x 12.9
Lowe-Martin Printing Group, Ottawa
Canada 2068b Canada SC 2068b
THE REFERENCE CATALOGUE
SEARCH BY REGION.....
WHY A NETWORK ?
From the earliest stages of conception, the aim was to offer a fully accessible philatelic service to fellow collectors around the world. It was hoped that the PERFORATIONS website would quickly become an interactive resource base covering all aspects of the hobby.
Research began in 2004 with many components gradually being resolved over the years that followed. A comprehensive database of philatelic information, virtual links, and a massive image library continue to grow as more and more collections are offered to upgrade these resources.
Once we began making this resource available virtually, back in November 2010, what started as a small trickle quickly became a flood of individuals and study groups offering both their encouragement and resource support to help this project continue to grow.
Our intuitions were correct that a philatelic "NETWORK" was indeed possible. Collectors and dealers around the world are much more knowledgeable in their respective fields of interest and it is truly hoped that this information will continue to consolidate here. This is a resource based website and while there are commercial elements offered throughout the site we always will maintain the underlying goal of offering fairness and transparency to our hobby. Progressively dealers around the world will be able to tap into these resources most effectively - at no cost.
We are always seeking high-resolution scans of quality items and welcome any corrections to the hundreds of errors that have crept into the system. Efforts to continuously resource new philatelic libraries, collections and, most importantly, stories from fellow collectors are ongoing.
Of course, this process is still many years from nearing completion. Typically small segments of countries are processed and uploaded and then we move onto the next alphabetically. A few months later we revisit that country, make any revisions in information and images, add another segment and continue on once again. In this manner we hope to expose the site to as many interest groups as is possible.
WHAT is on the HORIZON.....
After putting together our massive information database and integrating it with hundreds of thousands of images a couple of key elements began to appear. First, there were noticeable patterns to be found throughout most stamp issuing regions of the world - many obvious and many quite subtle. Second, once a stamp could be viewed at high magnification, many trivial design details were now quite easy to see. As a response to this we began coding our images in such a manner so that we could quickly conduct an image keyword search and discover stamps that shared certain topical interest elements.
We have begun to actively prepare a sister site that will offer these full resources to topical collectors, which we feel is perhaps the best target group to ensure the future health of the hobby.
In response to rising costs and a shrinking number of collectors, we have over the years also explored many options with respect to creating stamp album pages for collectors to access. We are quickly approaching a point in which these will become available. Again, these will be FREE to download as they become available. Album pages for countries will have stamps arranged chronologically with each unique page reflecting a certain issue. Topical album pages will illustrate only those stamps respective to the topic at hand. In this manner your collection AND album can grow as items are acquired.
Finally, as our partnership base grows, we are stepping up our resolve to move backwards in time as well as keeping up with the newer stamp issues. The study of POSTAL HISTORY offers a more complete story in the postal systems of any region. We truly believe that every stamp and every cover has a part of this story to tell.
We hope to tell them here...... The PERFORATIONS NETWORK