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  • May 30, 2014 Going to an Opening

    By: Louise-Anne Laroche


    The Canadian Stamp Collection gallery, behind the Great Hall, Canadian Museum of History
    Going to an opening is always exciting. You get to see the reaction of visitors and how other museums treat a given subject - in this case a subject related to our own.
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  • May 26, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning IV

    By: Graham Iddon


    Canada’s first stamp, the 3 Pence Beaver, 1851
    This exhibition is about engravers, production processes and the beauty of postage stamps and bank notes. In the previous episode of this series we talked about the process surrounding securing the bank notes for this exhibition and how it had to take into account both the needs of the exhibition team and the concerns of the collections department.
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  • May 20, 2014 Becoming a Collector II

    By: Graham Iddon


    Acrylic and mylar envelopes will keep bills flat, dry and away from acids
    So now you’ve decided that collecting currency is far more fascinating than collecting 14th Century Flemish altar paintings and have begun to accumulate some items. Good for you, those paintings are a bother to dust and currency is far easier to take care of.
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  • May 12, 2014 Becoming a Collector I

    By: Graham Iddon


    You never know what’s in your coin tray at home!
    Collecting things is a very common human urge. Be they matchbooks, pop bottles or 17th century Flemish altar paintings, owning large numbers of the same type of thing is a fascinating pastime for many of us.
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  • May 2, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning III

    By: Graham Iddon


    Proposed back models by Charles Comfort for the 1954 Bank of Canada series
    During the planning stages stamping the word ‘final’ on any given aspect of a travelling exhibition can seem less of a directive and more of an overly optimistic suggestion.
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  • April 28, 2014 Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

    By: Nicole Gurski


    As this blog is the only visible result of change, you might think we are doing nothing much to improve our website. Perish the thought! We’d like you to know that the Museum team has been hard at work for the past year upping the game on our website.
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  • April 22, 2014 Notes from the Collection: Recent Acquisitions II

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Canada, Share Certificate, Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, 1906
    This month’s selections highlight various areas of Collection development. These include what are called financial instruments: items such as stocks, bonds shares and other articles that represent a contract to deliver money in some manner.
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  • April 10, 2014 Show me the Bunny

    By: Nicole Gurski


    Commemorative 5 cent Canadian coin, 1967
    It seems spring is finally upon us, here in Ottawa (touch wood). I know some of us were thinking, when snowstorms hit at the end of March, that winter would never end. Fortunately the sun is here and that means Easter is not too far away. Mind you, we don’t recommend you take off the snow tires just yet.
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  • April 3, 2014 Museum Reconstruction - Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    Lobby and Gallery 1 of the Currency Museum: the gift shop is closed
    In early February, a small group from the Bank’s Communications Department booked a brief tour of the main floor and first basement at the Wellington Street head office. It’s still in the demolition phase of the renovation.
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  • March 28, 2014 Notes from the Collection: Notgeld, Emergency Money from Interwar Europe

    By: Patricia Measures


    Freren, Germany notgeld entitled “The Hamster Dream” is social satire at its best
    Notgeld, German for emergency money, first appeared at the beginning of World War One and was issued until 1924. Through these notes we can see the entire story of Germany’s experience with out-of-control inflation between the wars.
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