The show season is back; featuring 4 major events in Sept.-Oct.

With the summer months of July and August now behind us, the busy show season is returning with four major shows taking place across Canada in September and October.

They include the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, which will be held in Mississauga, Ont., on Sept. 8-9; Novapex in Dartmouth, N.S., on Sept. 14-16; BNAPEX in Québec city on Sept. 21-23; and Canpex in London, Ont., on Oct. 13-14.

The National Postage Stamp and Coin Show will see nearly 50 dealers return to the Hilton Mississauga’s 9,000-square-foot Graydon Hall, where they are  expected to meet more than 1,000 collectors for the fall edition of this biannual event. This September’s show will also include a range of seminars, a combined coin and stamp auction and a “Young Collectors” program that includes a table with discounted material as well as a children’s auction. The show will be open Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is only $3 on Saturday and free on Sunday, and parking is always free on site.

Hosted by the Nova Scotia Stamp Club, Novapex 2018 will include a national-level exhibition and several meetings, including one by the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada (PPSC) and another by the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS). The show will be open Sept. 14 from 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a “Youth Day” on Sept. 15, when children will be given free stamps and supplies.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, BNAPS’ annual convention BNAPEX is returning to Québec. This year’s show, which is slated for Sept. 21-23, is the 70th consecutive BNAPEX convention since the inaugural show in 1949, when it was held in Buffalo, N.Y. The bourse will feature more than 20 dealers and will be open on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A full slate of meetings and seminars as well as a 160-frame specialized exhibition are also planned for the three-day show.

Lastly, Canpex 2018 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Western Fair, which has been held in downtown London every September since 1868. In addition to a roughly 25-dealer bourse, this show will include a national-level exhibition – the final 150th anniversary of the Western Fair, which has been held in downtown London every September since 1868. national show in Canada this year. Canpex will be open Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Robert Stock on early cancels of Beachville, Ont.

By George Pepall

A small group of Oxford and Waterloo County collectors enjoyed an informal philatelic presentation on July 25 at the Beachville District Museum in Beachville, Ont.

Former Beachville resident Robert Stock led a presentation about the town’s cancels this July.

A random visit to the local town post office and a subsequent e-mail to club members led to the day’s gathering. The topic was cancels on mail into and out of Beachville, a small, limestone-quarrying town between Ingersoll and Woodstock.

Beachville is known primarily as the site of the first baseball game ever played anywhere – and that includes Cooperstown, N.Y. The alleged date was June 4, 1838; however, special guest and former Beachville resident Robert Stock, of Victoria, B.C., has another reason for the town to have a place on the map: its extraordinarily large and colourful split ring cancelations.

“Broken up collections lose their story value,” said Stock, of his motive for sharing his rare Beachville cancels at the recent presentation as well as exhibiting them at the Postal History Society of Canada Symposium in Hamilton this July.

Beachville’s post offices used large and colourful split ring cancels.

“My personal interest in social history is what got me started.”

An example of rapid postal service that showed his postal history interest was of a delivery of fresh oysters by train mail from Paris Station, Ont., to Beachville.

He has an early example of youth using the mails (unlike the philatelically deprived young people of today). It is a personal letter sent by a 12-year-old girl from nearby Norwich to a friend in Duchess Co., N.Y., in the pre-stamp year of 1820.

The presentation by Robert Stock was held in this charming limestone building, which houses the Beachville Museum.

Stock said a useful source of early censuses can be found at, which is among a network of genealogical, historical record and genetic genealogy websites owned by a Utah-based company.

Furthermore, post office reports offer helpful data on postal revenues for each post office going back to the time before 1851, when the Canadian post office was a branch plant of the British post office.

Special thanks to Henny Oyl, president of the Oxford P.S., for organizing our visit to the Beachville Museum with Robert Stock.

George Pepall is a Fellow and a former president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

Ottawa Philatelic Society (RPSC Chapter 16) celebrating 127 years in October

Established in 1891, the Ottawa Philatelic Society (OPS) – the oldest stamp club in Canada – is celebrating its 127th anniversary this October.

The OPS was founded by John Reginald Hooper as the first branch of one of the first groups to focus on Organized Philately in Canada, the Canadian Philatelic Society, which was a predecessor to today’s RPSC founded in 1887. The charter membership of the OPS contains 41 names, 16 of which are of Francophone origin; this is a reflection of Ottawa’s bilingual and bicultural nature.

“The club,” as it’s affectionately referred to by its members, has enjoyed what’s described as “great prosperity” since its formation 127 years ago. After seeing a period of decline during both the Great War and Second World War, it thrived with philately’s rise worldwide. With large membership rolls and successful turnouts at weekly meetings, the club played host to many philatelic luminaries of the time, including Robson Lowe and Alfred Lichtenstein, who made frequent visits to Ottawa.

A gradual decline in membership was reversed during the 1980s, when the club maintained at least 40 members on the books at all times until the turn of the century.

A revitalized program and recruiting campaign in 2000 saw OPS enrolment jump to 100 members. The club currently boasts upwards of 85 members, who frequently include senators, Members of Parliament, senior civil servants, teachers, nurses, doctors, students, retirees, high technology workers, and white- and blue-collar workers. Of course, the club thrives on its members’ diverse interests.

Members continue to write monographs for journals throughout the philatelic world on most aspects of the hobby and have published books on various topics. The OPS library is among the best philatelic libraries in Canada, and the club provides multiple up-to-date catalogues, periodicals and specialty books that members can borrow on a weekly basis.

Not only the oldest Canadian club but also one of the largest clubs in this country, the OPS meets weekly from September to July. The club also sponsors Orapex, Ottawa’s national stamp show, and Miniex, also held in the nation’s capital.

The success of the OPS is based on four aims that date back 125 years:

  • to promote the enjoyment and study of philately and postal history in all aspects;
  • to cultivate friendship and fraternity among philatelists, postal historians and others interested in philatelic matters;
  • to assist the members of the society in acquiring and disposing of stamps and other philatelic and postal history
  • material; and
  • to encourage ethical practices in every aspect of philately and the study of postal history.
  • For more information about the OPS, visit

‘The Royal Treatment’ — A Sneak Peak at the September-October issue of The Canadian Philatelist

By Herb Colling, Editor of TCP

The September October issue of The Canadian Philatelist is all things royal.  The Royal/Royale is the premier stamp show and exhibition hosted by the RPSC in June each year.

TCP’s cover story in the September October edition will look at the exhibits, presentations and some of the highlights of this year’s event.

RPSC webmaster Robin Harris dressed for the opening. / Le webmestre de La SRPC, Robin Harris, en tenue de circonstance

About 50 people were on hand for the gala opening, and many stayed to attend the first day of seminars, which included information about the penny post, which began an era of postal reform in Britain in 1840. Topical collecting was up next on the opening day.

American collector Larry Davidson spoke about beaver stamps, which he decided was quite a Canadian subject for a national symposium.  Then, it was back to Britain as another American collector put his spin on stamps designed by Arnold Machin, a British sculptor who lived from 1911 to 1999.

Steve McGill talked about the seven thousand varieties of Machin definitives in his one hour presentation, which could have lasted a full day because he had much material.

A highlight was running in to Jack Nixon, a 10 year old collector who talked about his exhibit, which won several major awards. The young Nixon may well be the future of philately.  He expects to stick with the hobby for awhile, and then come back to it in later years.  That seems to be the way of the avocation for many collectors.

Jack Nixon has a great mentor in his grandfather, Ted Nixon, who is guiding him through the hobby, and who also won a major award for his own exhibit.


Member Recruitment Committee seeking new members

By George Pepall, FRPSC

One of the key decisions of the 2017 board meetings in Boucherville, Que., was a long term commitment to recruitment of new members. A committee was established, and that commitment was confirmed by the new Strategic Plan approved this past June at the St. Catharines *Royal/Royale* Annual General Meeting.

Over the past 14 months the Member Recruitment Committee – consisting of Chairman Lloyd Field, Doug McAndless, Robert Pinet, Sam Chiu (ex Officio) and me – have acted as The RPSC presence at about 15 local, regional and national shows. We have greeted and connected with about 250 collectors and members from Calgary to Toronto in that time, promoting the benefits of membership, explaining how The RPSC is Canada’s National Stamp Club, giving out sample copies of The Canadian Philatelist, pins and badges and signing up new members.

Lloyd and Robert have stepped down from the committee and the Board, and we thank them sincerely for their time and work in getting us started on our member recruitment drive. As a result, though, we are in urgent need of a few more committee members. The mandate for this coming year is more of the same: we need to get our message out in person at shows and meetings, and show collectors that our society enriches and extends members’ experience of the hobby through various benefits, only two of which are the journal and the collection insurance plan.

The committee plans for to have an RPSC presence at upcoming shows in various parts of the country, and will be providing materials for the tables at those shows. If you would like to join our Recruitment Committee, or would like more information about it, please contact Doug McAndless ( or me (

Thank you for your ongoing interest in The RPSC, and your promotion of membership for collectors in your area.


Le mot du président – septembre 2018



Bonjour à tous! L’automne est à notre porte.  Ce qui signifie pour nous plus de temps à consacrer à notre collection de timbres et à participer aux expositions philatéliques locales ou nationales au Canada. Ce qui suit est un bref aperçu des activités de la Société royale de philatélie du Canada/The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

Royal/Royale 2019 et propositions pour les futures expositions 

La planification de la Royale/Royal 2019 qui aura lieu à Mississauga en juin prochain est fort avancée. La SRPC souhaite vous y rencontrer!  Quelques clubs étudient aussi la possibilité de tenir ce congrès dans les années futures.  C’est à suivre.

La BC Philatelic Society nous a informé de la tenue d’une exposition nationale –VANPEX –  en 2019.  Les collections ainsi que les bénévoles sont les bienvenus.

Expositions nationales en 2018 

Il reste encore trois excellentes expositions à venir au Canada en 2018 en plus de la National Stamp and Coin Show à Mississauga au début de septembre (8-9). NOVAPEX aura lieu le week-end suivant à Halifax;  viendra ensuite BNAPEX à Québec. CANPEX se tiendra à London, Ontario les 14-15 octobre.  Il y aura aussi plusieurs expositions locales et régionales.  Si vous désirez annoncer vos expositions, transmettez-nous l’information et nous nous ferons un plaisir de publier les détails dans le Newsletter.

Renseignements sur les prochaines réunions et les conférences des clubs-membres de la SRPC 

La SRPC souhaite que plus de collectionneurs assistent aux réunions des différents clubs-membres. Le Newsletter pourra vous renseigner à ce sujet en indiquant le lieu, la date et les noms des conférenciers.  Même si les membres ne peuvent se rendre aux réunions, ils peuvent se renseigner sur les sujets traités et obtenir les informations qui les intéressent auprès de collègues.

S’il-vous-plaît faites-nous parvenir toute l’information concernant les futures rencontres en mentionnant la date, le lieu, le nom du conférencier et le sujet traité afin que nous puissions les publier dans le Newsletter. 

Nouveau programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles 

Dans le dernier Newsletter, j’ai mentionné ce programme. Il s’agit de reconnaître l’implication de bénévoles qui ont fait une contribution significative au domaine de la philatélie et comme membre de la SRPC ou d’un club-membre ou société-affiliée.

Nous attendons de vos nouvelles!!!

Je reprends donc en résumé les renseignements concernant le Programme.

Qui est éligible?

Toute personne toujours vivante membre la SRPC ou d’un club-membre ou affilié. Les Fellows et les directeurs ne sont pas éligibles.

Critères d’admissibilité

Les critères sont laissés à la discrétion des clubs-membres ou affiliés.

Le processus de nomination

Chaque club-membre ou affilié doit faire parvenir le nom des personnes mises en nomination tout au cours de l’année. Ceux-ci seront transmis au Comité des prix de la SRPC qui se chargera de préparer et d’envoyer un Certificat de remerciements  au club qui présentera cette reconnaissance au member.

La reconnaissance

Chaque prix consistera en un Certificat de remerciements de la part de la SRPC. S’il est membre de la SRPC, le récipiendaire recevra une réduction de 25% sur sa cotisation annuelle; par contre, s’il n’est pas membre de la SRPC, il pourra bénéficier d’une réduction de 50% sur sa cotisation annuelle s’il désire devenir membre de la société.

Les membres à vie de la SRPC recevront uniquement un Certificat de remerciements.

Le nom et le détail de l’implication de cette personne seront transmis dans le Newsletter.

Demande d’articles pour The Canadian Philatelist/Le Philatéliste canadien et le Newsletter 

Désirez-vous partager vos connaissances philatéliques? S’il-vous-plaît prenez le temps d’écrire un article approfondi pour notre revue-phare The Canadian Philatelist/Le Philatéliste canadien. Contactez notre excellent éditeur Herb Colling ( ou un membre du comité éditorial : Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton, Rob Timberg et François Brisse.

Si vous préférez écrire un bref article pour le Newsletter, envoyez-moi un courriel à l’adresse en bas de ce texte ou encore à Mike Walsh (

Nous avons aussi reçu des suggestions pour une version française de ce Newsletter. Nous désirons répondre à ces demandes cependant nous avons besoin de bénévoles pour traduire les textes.  Si vous voulez nous aider, s.v.p. m’envoyer un courriel ou à Mike.

Le Conseil d’administration de la SRPC et le plan stratégique 

À la suite de l’assemblée générale annuelle de la SRPC, on compte 14 membres sur le Conseil d’administration ceux-ci répartis à travers tout le Canada. Ce sont : Ed Kroft (président), Sam Chiu (vice-président), Arlene Sullivan (secrétaire), Stuart Keeley (trésorier), Jim Taylor (ancien président), Rob Lunn, Rob Timberg, Doug McAndless, Michèle Cartier, Jean-Jacques Tillard, Lawrence Pinkney, Hugo Deshaye, Mike Walsh et Joel Weiner.

La prochaine réunion du Conseil aura lieu le 30 septembre.

Les membres du Conseil vont continuer à travailler sur des stratégies pour mettre en œuvre progressivement les différentes composantes du plan stratégique et des objectifs énoncés dans le dernier bulletin. La SRPC va nécessiter l’aide de ses membres pour réaliser ses projets et espère que ceux-ci pourront aider lorsque nécessaire.

Le Comité international au service des intérêts des exposants 

David McLaughlin est responsable de la liaison internationale de la SRPC; il préside le Comité composé de Charles Verge, Sam Chiu et Jim Taylor. David édite un bulletin intitulé International Exhibitor qui sert de référence pour toute personne qui désire exposer ou visiter une exposition internationale.  Contacter David pour recevoir une copie de ce bulletin à

Le Programme des juges 

La SRPC possède un comité qui s’occupe de l’accréditation des juges au Canada. Joel Weiner est le président du comité.  La SRPC est toujours à la recherche de personnes dévouées désirant obtenir une formation en tant que juge accrédité aux niveaux local ou national.  On peut rejoindre Joel à

Le site-web de la SRPC 

La SRPC espère continuer à fournir à ses membres et non-membres toute l’information concernant le fonctionnement de la Société et ainsi qu’une grande diversité de sujets philatéliques.

Si vous avez préparé une présentation PowerPoint pour votre club philatélique et que vous croyez qu’elle pourrait intéresser d’autres membres, s.v.p. nous la faire parvenir afin que la SRPC puisse la publier sur son site-web ou la rendre disponible aux clubs-membres intéressés.

Des idées pour améliorer la SRPC? Voulez-vous devenir bénévole?  Voulez-vous nous aider à recruter de nouveaux membres? 

Avec votre aide The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada/La Société royale de philatélie du Canada continuera à être Canada’s National Stamp Club/Le club national de philatélie du Canada.

Vous pouvez me contacter à

Don de charité 

S’il vous-plaît, songez à faire un don de charité déductible d’impôt à la Fondation de la SRPC.  Plus d’informations vous parviendront sur le sujet au cours des prochains mois.

Cordiales salutations,



traduction Michèle Cartier

President Ed’s Message

Hi everyone! Fall is just around the corner. That means more time for all of us to work on our stamp collections and attend one or more of the local or national stamp shows in Canada. What follows is a brief update on the activities of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada/La Société royale de philatélie du Canada (“RPSC”) .

Royal 2019 and Proposals for Future Shows 

Plans are well under way for Royal/Royale 2019 to be held in late June 2019 in Mississauga. The RPSC hopes to see you there! Some clubs are exploring the possibility of hosting the annual convention in future years. More news to follow. The BC Philatelic Society has advised that it will host a national show — Vanpex — in 2019. Exhibits and volunteers are most welcome.

2018  National Shows

There are at least three excellent national shows in Canada  during the remainder of 2018 in addition to the National Stamp and Coin show in Mississauga in early September (8-9). Novapex is occurring in Halifax the following weekend, BNAPS is in Québec City the weekend after and Canpex is in London Ontario on October 13-14.

There are a number of regional and local shows as well. If you wish to let others know about your shows, please let us know so we can publish details in the RPSC newsletter.

Details of Future RPSC Chapter Meetings and Speakers

The RPSC is interested in seeing more collectors attend RPSC chapter meetings. We hope that the newsletter will assist in this regard and will contain details of upcoming chapter meetings, including the names of speakers and locations. Even if members cannot attend meetings, they may learn of interesting topics and be able to source presentations from those who volunteered to share information. Please send us details of upcoming meetings, locations, speakers and topics so they can be published in the RPSC newsletter.

New Volunteer Recognition Programme

In the last edition of the RPSC newsletter , I mentioned the Volunteer Recognition Program. It is intended to recognize those individuals who have made a significant contribution to philately as a member of the RPSC or a member of an RPSC Chapter or Affiliate.

We need to hear from you our members and our affiliates!!! Therefore I am again repeating details of the Programme will follow but essentially the following is a synopsis.

Who is Eligible?

Any living member of the RPSC plus any living individual who is a member of an RPSC Chapter or Affiliate. Fellows and Directors of the RPSC are not eligible.

Eligibility Criteria

The criteria for the nomination for recognition will be left entirely to the discretion of the nominating Chapter or Affiliate of the RPSC.

The Nomination Process

Any Chapter or Affiliate may forward the names of any number of nominees at any time of the year. The nomination will be forwarded to the Awards Committee of the RPSC who will immediately prepare and send the Certificate of Thanks to the Chapter for presentation.

The Recognition

Each award will be recognized by a Certificate of Thanks from the RPSC . A current member of the RPSC will receive a 25 percent discount off of one year’s annual membership dues in the RPSC .  Recipients who are not and have never been RPSC members will be eligible for a 50 percent discount off of a one year membership in the RPSC. Recipients who are Life Members of the RPSC will receive a Certificate of Thanks only.

The name and details of each recipient’s contributions will be reported in the RPSC electronic newsletter .

Articles Are Needed for The Canadian Philatelist and for the RPSC Newsletter 

Do you wish to share your knowledge of philately with others? Please consider taking your time to write an informative and scholarly piece for the RPSC’s flagship publication, the Canadian Philatelist. Please contact  our esteemed editor , Herb Colling(,  or a member of our talented editorial board: Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton , Rob Timberg and Francois Brisse.

If you wish to write a piece for the RPSC Newsletter, please contact me at the email address below or Mike Walsh –

We have had requests to publish the newsletter in French. To do so, we require volunteers to assist in this regard. If you are willing to assist, please contact me or Mike.

RPSC Board of Directors and the Strategic Plan

Following the Annual General meeting of the RPSC,  there are 14 members on the Board from across Canada. They are Ed Kroft (President), Sam Chiu (Vice-President), Arlene Sullivan (Secretary), Stuart Keeley(Treasurer), Jim Taylor (immediate Past President), Rob Lunn, Rob Timberg, Doug McAndless, Michèle Cartier, JJ Tillard, Lawrence Pinkney , Hugo Deshaye, Mike Walsh and Joel Weiner. Our next Board meeting is scheduled for September 30.

The Members of the Board of Directors will be continuing to work on strategies to gradually implement various components of the strategic plan vision statement and objectives set out in the last newsletter. The RPSC will need the help of its members to do so and hopes that the members will assist where possible.

International Committee- Serving the Interests of Exhibitors

David McLaughlin is the International Liaison Officer of the RPSC and Chair of this Committee. Charles Verge, Sam Chiu and Jim Taylor are members . David publishes a newsletter called the International Exhibitor which is essential reading for those who wish to exhibit or attend international stamp shows. Contact David for a copy at

Judging Programme 

The RPSC has a Committee that deals with the accreditation of Philatelic judges in Canada.  Joel Weiner heads this Committee. The RPSC is always looking for dedicated individuals who are looking to apprentice in aid of becoming accredited as a judge at the local or national level. Joel can be reached at

The RPSC Website –

The RPSC hopes to continue to provide members and non-members with current/ additional information about the Society operations and topics in philately. If you have done a PowerPoint presentation on philately for a chapter meeting or organization and you think it would be useful for others to see on our Website, please send it to me and the RPSC will consider it for publication on our Website or as a presentation to be made available to other Chapters.

Any Ideas to Improve the RPSC? Want to Volunteer? Want to Help Recruit New Members?

With your help ,The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada/La Société royale de philatélie du Canada will continue to be Canada’s National Stamp Club /Le club national de philatélie du Canada.Please feel free to contact me at

Charitable Giving

Please do consider making a tax deductible charitable contribution to the RPSC Foundation. More on this topic in the upcoming months.

Best wishes