The Kawartha Stamp Club (KSC) held its 63rd annual stamp show and exhibition – Kapex 2019 – in Peterborough this April, when nearly 70 frames of competitive exhibits vied for top honours.
The exhibits, which were of an “excellent calibre” according to Kapex 2019 publicity chair Rick Stankiewicz, covered a cross-section of topics, including multi-frame exhibits on Canadian, British and U.S. material plus a variety of topical and thematic exhibits and several single-frame and single-page entries.
“Our judges were Garfield Portch and Robert Pinet, who both did an excellent job for us,” said Stankiewicz. “It is this aspect of Kapex that sets us apart from many other shows, and we are proud of it.”
Overall, this year’s event “was another successful show with great weather,” Stankiewicz added.
“There were lots of options for the collecting public, with live auctions, club books and free hourly draws. With 10 dealers from across Ontario, plus Canada Post and hundreds of public in attendance, including a few young collectors, it made for another great show. Thanks to all who participated.”
At this year’s show – as for 16 other years – attendees were offered special-edition Kapex 2019 show covers.
Two versions, both of which were cancelled with the April 13 show date, were sold for $4 (or two for $7). The covers’ theme was the 100th anniversary of the first Canadian trans-Atlantic flight with a specially designed cancel produced by Canada Post.
“The envelopes incorporate a cachet showing John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown on one and another showing the Vickers Vimy bomber,” said Stankiewicz, who added both covers are complemented by the 1969 anniversary stamp (Scott #494).
“As an added bonus, there is a sleeve insert that describes the background of the cover commemoration. This is the annual fundraiser for the KSC, so with only limited quantities of covers still available, if you are interested in copies they are now only available through the KSC directly, via Karl Wysotski at firstname.lastname@example.org, while supplies last. Unfortunately, there are very few show covers left from previous years.”
Next year’s 64th annual KSC show and exhibition is tentatively set for spring 2020 in Peterborough.