OXFAM Canada Stamp Programme

Mail and eMail Bid Sale #25 is scheduled to close on 15 November 2019 (11:59pm).

Welcome to the Oxfam Stamp Programme

Oxfam Mail Bid #25: Overview

Collections, covers and post cards

Stamps and lots
Canada Post Year Sets and miscellaneous

Bid Sheet

Oxfam Canada Stamps and Covers
2018 Price List and Order Form


Help Stamp Out Poverty

Mail and eMail Bid Sale #25 is scheduled to close on 15 November 2019.

Our 25th auction includes our usual variety of modern Canada and world material, and it also features covers from the collection of the late Ron Barrett, a long time member and Treasurer for the Kingston Stamp Club until his death. He specialized in the postal history of Lennox and Addington County and in RPOs. Much of the extensive exhibit material from his collections will now be displayed in the L & A County Museum and ExpoRail, Canada’s largest Rail Museum near Montreal, Quebec. This auction includes over 40 covers mainly from Frontenac and other Ontario Counties. We have described them as carefully as space allows, but if you would like more information (perhaps about some of the postcards) please request a scan. And this is less than half of the covers we have received from Mr. Barrett’s collection! If there is sufficient interest, we will continue to lot and describe them in detail in future auctions, or hold a special auction.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the catalogue or scans of lots, please let us know at stamps@oxfam.ca.  You can also follow us at https://www.facebook.com/oxfamstamps/   and at www.ohmygosh.on.ca. For those in the Ottawa area or visiting, we will be holding a viewing day at the Oxfam National Office on Wednesday 13 November, 10am – 4pm.

About OXFAM-Canada’s Stamp Program:

For over 35 years, OXFAM-Canada has been raising funds for overseas projects from its volunteer stamp program, primarily from mail order sales, auctions and stamp shows such as Orapex. This type of sale is an opportunity to give wide visibility to unusual or “one of a kind” material that we have received. In 2018 we raised over $30,000 from our two auctions, mail order & show sales. $30,000 might seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the scale of the problems of poverty, disease and injustice around the world. We believe, though, that every little step in the right direction can help. Except for about $100 in expenses for producing and mailing this catalogue, all the money we raise from this auction will go to the project “Creating Spaces to Take Action on Violence Against Women and Girls in Asia”, described below. For more details and a complete list of all 40 projects supported by the Stamp Program in 24 countries since 1984, visit www.oxfam.ca and follow the links from: “what you can do” to “Help Stamp Out Hunger”.

Violence against women and girls in Asia creates a major barrier to education, mobility and economic development and is a violation of their rights. For this reason, Oxfam started the Creating Spaces project in 2016 and the Stamp Program has contributed $106,000 since then, thanks to your purchases. The project lasts five years and has a total budget of $20 million, $5 million of which will come from Oxfam Canada and the rest from the Government of Canada. In other words, our stamp contributions are matched on a 3:1 basis. “Creating Spaces” seeks to reduce violence and to end the prevalence of early and forced marriages in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines. According to the World Health Organization, women in these countries suffer from exceptionally high rates of violence and globally one in three will experience some form of violence in their intimate relations. In Bangladesh, Oxfam’s local partner made 23 recommendations which have been incorporated into the national law on ending child marriage. In India, community leaders have been mobilized, two support groups for women are active and a four-year curriculum has been implemented for youth. In Indonesia, religious and traditional leaders are now engaged in dialogue about their role in ending child marriage. In Nepal, 180 Community Discussion Centres, comprising about 25 members each, have been formed to discuss ways of reducing child marriage within families. In Pakistan, the Islamic Ideology Council is now actively engaging community leaders and men and boys in ending child marriage and violence. In the Philippines, the program targets legislators and local leaders with the objective of establishing a minimum age for marriage in Muslim communities.

Our projects are labour-intensive rather than capital-intensive, in that the money flows directly to local organizations who work to change people’s attitudes and actions. The stamp program too is very labour-intensive. Our most popular product is a kilo of stamps on paper. It takes a banker’s box of envelopes and many hours of work to produce just one kilo -- but in the process we find a lot of interesting covers and cancellations. We depend entirely on donations - primarily of modern material from churches, companies, organizations and individuals – so we are rescuing and recycling material that would otherwise be lost to the philatelic world. Recently we have received several large donations from collectors or their estates expecting a tax receipt. Until we reduce the large backlog of material on hand, we cannot accept donations from any new donors expecting a tax receipt. All other donation types are not affected; and once we eliminate the backlog of material, we will re-examine our practice of giving tax receipts to new donors.


For more details and a complete list of all 40 projects supported by the Stamp Program in 24 countries since 1984, visit www.oxfam.ca and follow the links from: “what you can do” to: “Help Stamp Out Hunger”.

Overview of Oxfam Mail Bid Sale #25 | Welcome to the Oxfam Stamp Programme | Collections and Covers
Stamps and Lots
| Post Cards, Canada Post Products, Cancels and Miscellaneous | Bid Sheet

For information about sending your donations for OXFAM Mail and eMail Bid Sale #26, please email: stamps@oxfam.ca
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