Toronto’s postal history

By Garfield Portch FRPSC

Telling the story of the development of the Post Office in York and Toronto from the beginning to the death of Queen Victoria is an interesting challenge.

Although I have casually researched the subject for more than 25 years, I still have no idea of how many different date handstamps were used and even less of an idea of the number of other miscellaneous handstamps may have been employed. The number of combinations of uses will be formidable.

To try to make some sense of a complicated history, I have essentially chosen to break the study into the periods of service of the postmasters.

Although the story really begins with the incorporation of Toronto on March 6, 1834 it is important to appreciate the development of York from 1793 when John Graves Simcoe, Governor of Upper Canada, decided that his landing spot at Ashbridge’s Bay would be a favourable site for a new town until 1834 when the town was renamed Toronto.

In 1797 the population of York was only 241.

William Willcocks was not appointed as the first postmaster until 1797. In December 1801, Willcocks resigned in favour of William Allen who, in turn was replaced by Donald McLean in 1896. Allen was re-appointed in 1808 and served until he was succeeded by James Scott Howard (his assistant) in July 1828.

When Howard took the job, the post office was a building on the south side of Duke Street (now Adelaide) between Jarvis and George Streets. With the growth of the town and the increasing volume of mail, that building became obsolete because of its small capacity. Howard purchased land on Duke Street and built a new structure containing both the post office and a residence for his family at what is now “Toronto’s First Post Office” at 260 Adelaide Street.

In 1835 Howard was offered the position of Postal Surveyor of Upper Canada but declined the promotion preferring to remain Toronto’s postmaster.

Charles Albert Berczy took the position and positioned himself in the Toronto Post Office where he could observe and report on the goings-on of the friends and allies of William Lyon Mackenzie, newspaper publisher and Toronto’s first mayor. Mackenzie’s supporters were vigorously protesting the actions of the Family Compact, a pro-conservative group led by Lieutenant Governor Sir Francis Bond Head. On December 13, 1837 (two days after Mackenzie’s failed rebellion) Howard was dismissed and Berczy assumed the role of Toronto’s postmaster.

In April 1838, Berczy was officially appointed as the postmaster in Toronto. One of his early duties was to build a new post office at Yonge and Front Streets thus removing the office from Howard’s home.

During his tenure as postmaster, Berczy was active in other positions as well. He was a Director of the Bank of Upper Canada and the President of Consumer’s Gas Light & Water Company. The Postmaster General, W.H. Griffin, reported that Berczy “never distinguished himself”. He was dismissed in 1853 and committed suicide in 1859.

Joseph Lesslie was appointed postmaster in 1853. The City population in 1850 had grown to 25,166 and with that there was substantial growth in mail volume. The Post Office staff in 1854 had grown to seven clerks, two letter carriers, the postmaster and four other employees. During Lesslie’s term the Grand Trunk Railway was completed between Montreal and Toronto (1856) and mail leaving Toronto to the east went by rail. Additionally, in 1859 Canada switched to decimal currency and mail collection boxes were placed on Toronto streets.

Lesslie was pensioned off February 12, 1879 to make way for Thomas Charles Patteson who was owed political favours by John A. Macdonald. At the time of his departure, Lesslie’s postal staff included an assistant postmaster, 47 clerks, 36 letter carriers and several other general employees. By all accounts it appears that Lesslie was a competent postmaster and a well-liked civil servant.

Patteson assumed the role of Toronto’s fourth postmaster in 1879 and served in that position until his death in 1907.

The Toronto population continued to grow (86,400 in 1881) creating a need for expanding postal services. In 1880, Toronto added three new offices named Toronto West, Toronto North and Toronto East. Over the following 26 years another 24 locations were added in drug stores and other small shops with most being named after the street upon which they were situated. This expansion was the beginning of today’s system of postal outlets in small retail outlets.

Suffice to say that there is much more to the story of the post office in Toronto than this brief summary. I heartily recommend that any stamp collector entering the field of postal history take the challenge of studying his/her home town post office. One never knows what the story will reveal or where the trail will go.

 

Présence de la SRPC à deux importantes expositions à l’ouest de Toronto : l’une nationale et l’autre régionale

Récemment deux membres du Conseil de la société se sont assurés que les visiteurs présents à deux importantes expositions soient reçus amicalement; ceux-ci ont donné de l’information pour ceux qui souhaiteraient devenir membre de la société et ont offert gracieusement des copies de notre bulletin, Le Philatéliste canadien, le tout accompagné d’une friandise.  Les échanges ont également porté sur les timbres et sur l’exposition elle-même.

La première exposition fut Canpex au Centre hellénique de London. Cette exposition de niveau national d’une durée de deux jours présentait 34 collections, 22 négociants, une table jeunesse ainsi que quatre plis soulignant les 150 ans de l’histoire de la Foire de l’Ouest de London.  Il est à noter que le fait d’aligner les cadres sur un seul côté de la salle a permis de dégager l’espace et de faciliter les rencontres avec les marchands.

L’annonce des prix de présence et les conversations entre les philatélistes ont permis de briser les moments de silence. Le londonien Doug McAndless, un directeur de la SRPC, a géré notre table

presqu’exclusivement durant les deux jours; je lui ai apporté mon aide afin de lui permettre d’examiner les collections et de visiter les négociants.  Doug fut l’un des responsables de la mise sur pied de l’exposition Canpex avec les co-présidents Steve Johnson et John Sheffield;  ceux-ci ont pu démontrer avec succès qu’il n’est pas nécessaire d’être une mégapole pour offrir une exposition de grande qualité.

Une semaine plus tard, Guelph était l’hôte d’une exposition, Guelphpex, présentée dans un environnement complètement différent et, de mémoire, pour la première fois dans une église du centre-ville. Ce qui nous a permis de faire d’agréables promenades durant ces belles journées d’automne ensoleillées et de laisser de côté, pour un bref moment, les collectionneurs et les marchands.

Dix négociants, un encan silencieux et une bourse de 40 volumes ont permis d’occuper les visiteurs et de remplir complètement le gymnase. Il est intéressant de noter que plusieurs membres avaient apporté des collections non-compétitives exposées dans des cadres de bois contenant six pages chacun.  J’ai aussi remarqué que des bénévoles préparaient de délicieux sandwiches répondant à tous les critères d’une saine alimentation.

Au cours de ces deux expositions, près de 100 collectionneurs ont pris contact avec nous et ils ont signé le livre des visiteurs. Le nouveau plan stratégique prévoit d’assurer une présence lors du plus grand nombre d’expositions possibles.  L’aide des membres serait grandement appréciée.

 

Pour Doug McAndless,

George Pepall

 

LE MOT DU PRÉSIDENT – Novembre 2018

LE MOT DU PRÉSIDENT   –   Novembre 2018

traduction : Michèle Cartier

 

Bonjour à tous! Au plaisir de vous retrouver de nouveau. Merci pour vos commentaires positifs au sujet du bulletin de la SRPC.  Si vous ne trouvez pas le contenu souhaité dans le bulletin, faites- nous le savoir et aidez-nous à le rédiger.  Si vous désirez plus d’articles concernant la collection de timbres, envoyez-nous vos textes.  Cette publication essaie de transmettre les dernières nouvelles pertinentes aux membres de la société.  Aidez-nous à atteindre notre but.

 

Échéance pour la mise en candidature des personnes qui désirent se présenter sur le Conseil d’administration en 2019-2020

 

Le dernier numéro du Philatéliste canadien contient l’appel d’offres pour les mises en candidature des personnes désirant faire partie de la direction de la SRPC pour 2019-2020.  Tous les formulaires doivent être secondés par des membres en règle de la société et contenir une brève biographie philatélique accompagnée d’une photographie (de préférence à haute résolution) pouvant être publiée dans le Philatéliste canadien. Les candidats doivent être des membres en règle de la SRPC.

Voici le formulaire de la mise en nomination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMULAIRE DE MISE EN NOMINATION AU CONSEIL D’ADMINISTRATION DE LA SRPC

 

JE PROPOSE :

 

__________________________________________ , membre en règle de la SRPC, à titre de candidat(e) pour l’élection au Conseil d’administration de la SRPC pour 2019-2020

 

PROPOSÉ PAR : ______________________________________________________

Membre No.     _______________

PROPOSÉ PAR : ______________________________________________________

Membre No.     _______________

 

Date : ______________________

 

CONSENTEMENT

 

Par la présente, je, _______________________________________ consent à ma mise nomination à titre de candidat(e) pour l’élection au Conseil d’administration de la Société royale de philatélie du Canada pour 2019-2020, pour un mandat de deux ans. J’accepte de me présenter à l’élection et de servir la SRPC au meilleur de mes capacités si je suis élu(e).

 

Date : _______________________

 

SIGNATURE : ________________________________________________________

 

 

S’il-vous-plaît, faire parvenir votre formulaire au Bureau national de la SRPC soit par la poste, par courriel ou par fax, au plus tard, le 8 décembre 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patronage vice-royal

 

La Gouverneure générale du Canada, Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette est heureuse de nous informer de son acception à la présidence d’honneur de la Société royale de philatélie du Canada. La SRPC est honorée de son acceptation.  Le patronage vice-royal de notre société remonte à plusieurs année et n’est valable que la durée du mandat de l’actuelle Gouverneure générale.

 

Nouveau programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles

 

Dans le dernier numéro du bulletin de la SRPC, j’ai mentionné le Programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles. Il s’agit de reconnaître les membres qui ont fait une contribution significative à la philatélie soit au niveau de la SRPC soit à l’intérieur d’une société-membre ou affiliée à la SRPC.

Nous attendons de vos nouvelles, vous les membres !!! Faites-nous savoir qui vous pensez doit être honoré.

 

Activités du Conseil d’administration

 

Notre dernière rencontre a eu lieu le 4 novembre 2018. Le Comité et d’autres bénévoles ont discuté de nombreux sujets ayant trait au plan stratégique et concernant les futures expositions de la Royale.  Une fois approuvé, le compte-rendu de la réunion sera disponible sur le site de la SRPC.  http://www.rpsc.org

Nous essayons de répondre aux besoins des collectionneurs anciens et nouveaux.

 

Articles demandés pour le Philatéliste canadien et le bulletin de la SRPC

 

Désirez-vous partager vos connaissances philatéliques? S’il-vous-plaît prenez le temps d’écrire un article approfondi pour notre revue-phare Le Philatéliste canadien aussi connu sous l’acronyme TCP. Contactez notre nouvel éditeur Robin Harris ou un membre du comité éditorial : Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton, Rob Timberg et François Brisse. Si vous désirez soumettre un article, contactez Robin à editor@rpsc.org

Un sincère remerciement à Herb Colling pour son travail à l’édition du TCP.

 

Nous sommes toujours à la recherche de collectionneurs et de nouveaux membres de la SRPC. Si vous désirez écrire un article sur la collection de timbres-poste pour le bulletin, s’il-vous-plaît me contacter à l’adresse courriel plus bas ou Mike Walsh  mwalsh@vaxxine.com

 

Nous sommes aussi intéressés à publier des articles qui paraissent dans les bulletins des clubs locaux. Partagez vos connaissances avec vos collègues.

 

London 2020 – Mai 2020 – Pensez-vous exposer ou encore y assister?

 

L’exposition  London 2020 Specialised World Stamp Championship simplement connue sous le nom de « London 2020 » aura lieu du samedi 2 mai au samedi 9 mai 2020 au Business Design Centre, Islington, Londres.  La date limite pour soumettre une application est le 30 juin 2019.  Je suis le commissaire pour le Canada; s’il-vous-plaît m’indiquer si vous êtes intéressé à exposer.  L’exposition est sous le patronage philatélique de la Fédération internationale de philatélie (FIP) et est reconnue par la Fédération européenne des associations philatéliques (FEPA).  L’exposition est sous le haut patronage de Sa Majesté la Reine Élisabeth II.  Il y aura 2,750 cadres en compétition.  Les collections seront échangées dans les cadres après 4 jours.  Les Règlements individuels (IREX) pour l’exposition London 2020 seront bientôt disponibles sur le site-web de l’exposition. www.london2020.co

 

Liste et nouvelles des clubs

 

Je continue à vous demander d’utiliser le bulletin de la SRPC pour annoncer vos réunions.   Le Philatéliste canadien affiche la liste des clubs à tous les deux mois.  Cependant le bulletin fournit des informations plus ponctuelles concernant les activités des clubs à tous nos membres et aux collectionneurs qui seraient intéressés à y participer.  Laissez la SRPC vous aider à faire croître votre club et à augmenter la participation aux réunions de votre club.  Nous espérons que le bulletin pourra vous aider à ce sujet en fournissant des informations concernant les activités à venir telles que le nom des conférenciers, les sujets traités et l’endroit où se tient la rencontre.  Même si un membre ne peut se rendre à la conférence, il pourra toujours se renseigner auprès d’une personne présente qui voudra bien partager cette information.

S’il-vous-plaît, envoyez-nous des renseignements concernant vos prochaines réunions, le lieu, le nom des conférenciers et le sujet des présentations.

Envoyez-nous une copie de vos bulletins locaux!

 

S’il-vous-plaît aidez-nous en faisant du bénévolat auprès de la SRPC

 

Nous sommes dans une période excitante pour votre Société! Aidez votre Société de toutes les façons possibles.  Recrutez de nouveaux membres!  Prenez un peu de temps parmi vos nombreuses occupations pour vous inscrire dans un comité de la Société ou faire du bénévolat auprès de votre société locale ou lors de son exposition pour faire la promotion de la SRPC.  Sans votre aide la Société ne peut survivre.

 

Cordiales salutations

 

Ed

e.kroft@shaw.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RPSC a presence at two strong shows west of Toronto: One National, One Local

Recently two Board members of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada made sure that visitors to two recent weekend shows were offered a friendly greeting, information about membership, a complimentary back issue of The Canadian Philatelist and a candy. Conversation about stamps and the show was a bonus.

The first was Canpex at the Hellenic Centre in London. This two-day national level show featured 34 diverse exhibits, 22 dealers, a youth table and a focus through four show covers on the 150-year history of London’s Western Fair. It was noticeable that lining up the exhibits to one side of the room made best use of space and rendered the dealers more accessible.

Lucky draw announcements and conversation among philatelic friends broke up any moments of silence. London’s Doug McAndless, a RPSC director, presided over our table for most of the two days, but I put in a stint to allow Doug a chance to check on the exhibits and dealers. Doug was one of the workers setting up the Canpex show under the veteran leadership of co-chairs Steve Johnson and John Sheffield, who are to be commended for proving that you don’t have to be in a megacity to put on a strong show.

A week later in Guelph a very different environment was the scene of the annual Guelphpex show, held for the first time in memory in a church in a downtown neighbourhood, which on a sunny fall day made for a pleasant walk when matters philatelic needed to be left for a while to the dealers and collectors.

Ten dealers, a silent auction and 40 members’ circuit books drew lots of attention and filled the church’s gym. It was interesting to see that several members had brought out non-competitive exhibits of local material in traditional six-page wooden frames. I noticed as well that the kitchen volunteers were obeying all the requirements of public health in making up delicious sandwiches.

Over the two shows, close to 100 collectors checked in with us and signed our visitor pages. It is the hope and plan of the RPSC Board,  as part of its new strategic plan, to provide a presence at as many shows as possible. Members’ help in doing so would be much appreciated.

For Doug McAndless, George Pepall

November-December TCP takes readers on a voyage of Sir Frederick Banting’s life

Our cover story in The Canadian Philatelist for November December is about Sir Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin for the treatment of diabetes.  He was touted as the fourth greatest Canadian in a CBC poll, and the first scientist to be so honoured. The discovery of insulin to treat diabetes has affected the lives of millions, and is considered one of the most significant medical discoveries made in Canada.

Michael Peach will take us on a voyage of discovery of Banting’s life. His service in World War I significantly shaped his career, and led him to his significant achievement that in turn resulted in a Nobel Prize for medicine. Peach details Banting’s life in relation to the many stamps that have commemorated his medical advances. In the true spirit of a scientist of his day, Banting sold the patent rights for insulin for one dollar to the University of Toronto so that it would be generally available.

It’s a remarkable story, made more intriguing by the fact that there was little support for scientific or medical research in the 1920s when the discoveries were made. It’s significant that Banting was eventually knighted by King George V for his contributions to medical research.

If that isn’t enough, TCP will go on to explore achievements in the philatelic world, which include a letter to the family of Anne Frank, the famous Jew who perished in Hitler’s concentration camps.  The letter was found and sold recently at auction.  Anne Frank, of course, chronicled her life in hiding from the Nazis until her family was betrayed.

Another important new philatelic discovery concerns a letter from Robert Louis Stevenson to Henry James.  The find provides an insight into the literary life of the late 1800s, and Robert Odenweller will take us on that voyage.  While documenting an important time in the life of an author in Samoa, the story also reverberates through the philatelic world with some discoveries about the stamps and cancellations on the envelope.

It’s a story not to be missed in the November December edition of The Canadian Philatelist, published by The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

The RPSC appoints New Editor for The Canadian Philatelist

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada is pleased to announce that Robin Harris FRPSC has been appointed to the role of editor of The Canadian Philatelist, its flagship publication.

Founded in 1950, The Canadian Philatelist is the official journal of the RPSC. Members receive six issues yearly as part of their membership. Each issue of TCP contains compelling philatelic articles, business and news of The RPSC, philatelic news, auction and events calendars, meeting notices and Society reports.

Robin is well known for his contributions to Canadian philately and the RPSC. He is the webmaster of the RPSC and editor of the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps. Robin also writes the Around the World column for Canadian Stamp News and sat on Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee. In addition he edits the BNAPS Elizabethan study group’s newsletter Corgi Times and has just won the John S. Siverts best Study Group newsletter award for a fourth time.

Robin has been collecting stamps for nearly 50 years. His interests include, but are not limited to: Canada, particularly the Elizabethan II era; Great Britain Machins; United Nations; and United States.

Ed Kroft FRPSC, President of the RPSC, praised the appointment: “The RPSC is pleased to have Robin as editor of our publication. I thank Herb Colling, our past editor, for all of his work and contributions. The RPSC encourages submissions to the journal from all philatelists.”

Those wishing to submit articles for publication are encouraged to contact Robin at editor@rpsc.org.

Information on the RPSC is available by: e-mail: info@rpsc.org, telephone 1-888-285-4143, on our website: www.rpsc.org, or from RPSC National Office, P.O. Box 69080, St. Clair Post Office, Toronto, ON M4T 3A1, Canada.

President’s November Message

Hello everyone. Welcome back. Thank you for the positive feedback about the RPSC newsletter. We welcome feedback. If you do not see the content you want in the newsletter, please write for us and help us to create it. If your want more articles on stamp collecting, then send us some. This publication is attempting to bring timely and relevant news to RPSC members. Please help us achieve our goal.

Deadline for Nomination of Persons to Stand for Election as Board Members 2019-2021

The most recent edition of The Canadian Philatelist calls for nominations for candidates to serve on the board of directors of the RPSC for 2019-2021. All nomination forms should have seconders (paid up members), a short personal philatelic biography and a photograph (high resolution digital preferred) suitable for publication in The Canadian Philatelist. Candidates for election must be members of the RPSC who are in good standing (paid up members) . Below is the nomination form.

RPSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICIAL NOMINATION FORM

WE HEREBY NOMINATE ______________________________________________, a member in good standing in The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, as a candidate for election to

The RPSC Board of Directors for the 2019 – 2021 term:

NOMINATED BY: ______________________________________ ​Member No. ____________

NOMINATED BY: ______________________________________

​Member No. ____________

Date: _______________________________________

CONSENT:

I, ________________________________, HEREBY CONSENT to my nomination as a candidate for election to the Board of Directors of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, for 2019 – 2021, representing a two-year term of office. I agree to stand for election and to serve the RPSC to the best of my ability if elected.

Date: ____________________________________________

SIGNATURE:​____________________________________

Please mail, e-mail or fax to the National Office of the RPSC by December 12, 2018.

Viceregal Patronage

The Governor General of Canada Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette is pleased to inform our Society  she has accepted our request to become a patron of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. The RPSC is most grateful for such patronage. Viceregal patronage for the RPSC extends back for many years and lasts only for the duration of the current Governor General in office.

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!!! Please let us know whom you wish to see acknowledged.

RPSC Board Activities

Our last meeting of the Board was November 4, 2018. The Board and other dedicated volunteers discussed a variety of topics pertaining to the strategic plan and future Royal shows. Once approved, minutes of Board meetings are posted on the RPSC website. http://www.rpsc.org/rod.htm. We continue to try to think of the needs of collectors and existing and new members.

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, also known as TCP. Please contact our new editor, Robin Harris, or a member of our talented editorial board: Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton, Rob Timberg and Francois Brisse. Those wishing to submit articles for publication are encouraged to contact Robin at editor@rpsc.org. Thanks to our past editor Herb Colling for all of his work on the TCP.

We are always looking to attract new members to the RPSC and new collectors to the hobby. If you wish to write a piece on stamp collecting for the RPSC Newsletter, please contact me at the email address below or Mike Walsh – mwalsh@vaxxine.com

We are also interested in printing articles that have already appeared in the newsletters of local clubs. Please share your knowledge with your fellow collectors.

London 2020- May 2020- Will you exhibit or Attend?

The London 2020 Specialised World Stamp Championship Exhibition (known simply as ‘London 2020’) will be held from Saturday, May 2 to Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Business Design Centre located in Islington, London. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2019. I am commissioner for Canada so please let me know if you are interested in exhibiting. The show has philatelic patronage of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) and recognition from the Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has granted her patronage to the exhibition. There will be 2,750 frames of competitive material. At London 2020 there will be a change-over of material in the frames after four days. The Individual Regulations for the London 2020 Exhibition (IREX) are now being finalised and will be posted to the exhibition’s website www.london2020.co as soon as possible.

Chapter Listings and Chapter News

I will continue to urge all local chapters to let the RPSC newsletter help you advertise your meetings . The Canadian Philatelist contains listings of chapters every two months. Our newsletter is trying to get more timely information out to our members and to collectors who may be interested in participating in chapter activities. Let the RPSC help you grow your chapters . The RPSC is interested in seeing more collectors attend RPSC chapter meetings. We hope 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 or other collectors 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. Send us your chapter newsletters!!

Please Volunteer and Help the RPSC

These are truly exciting times for your Society! Please help your Society in any way you can. Recruit new members! Please find a little time in your busy lives to volunteer for Society committees or at your local club or show to advance and promote the interests of our Society . Without volunteers your Society cannot survive.

Best Regards

Ed

 

This month’s club profile: BRAMALEA STAMP CLUB (RPSC Chapter 144)

Established in the 1960s, Bramalea Stamp Club has a proven track record of promoting youth philately in effective ways.

Beginning in 2015 in Brampton, Ont., teachers, students and local philatelists teamed up to produce a series of stamp designs that were displayed at that year’s massive, once-in-a-decade World Stamp Show.

Through a number of donations – including stamps, covers, supplies, and importantly, time – members of the Bramalea Stamp Club were able to provide students with an in-depth, hands-on lesson about the power of stamps.

Ingo Nessel, president of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada, is one of three Bramalea Stamp Club members to help co-ordinate the school project that eventually displayed Canadian students’ philatelic designs on the world stage.

“First, we show the world our take on opportunities to raise awareness of the hobby with youth,”

said Nessel, who’s the Bramalea club’s Grand River Valley Philatelic Association (GRVPA)

representative. “Secondly we get to share best practices with our international counterparts.”

Lastly, Nessel added, those students whose artwork was shown are likely “thrilled to have

become ‘famous’ in New York,” and could continue down the path to stamp collecting.

The Bramalea Stamp Club has a strong, active membership of about 40 philatelists, several of which have a deep connection to organized philately. the hobby.

Nessel, who’s also GRVPA vice-president, is working alongside Bramalea Stamp Club President Bob Thorne and executive member Jerry Piotrowski on the school project.

“Raising awareness of the post office and all its workings is vital as they have a greatly reduced

profile in the daily lives of people, even though their services remain relevant,” said Nessel, who added plans to promote youth philately at local schools are ongoing.

“Besides the RPSC initiative, Bramalea Stamp Club will follow up with local schools, with the

goal of incubating school stamp clubs. This venture has taken on a life of its own and we would be delighted if it went viral.”

For more information, visit bramaleastampclub.org.

(To include your club profile in our upcoming newsletters, please email mwalsh@vaxxine.com.)

Summary of treasurer’s report at recent AGM.

Last year, The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) put forth a nominal increase in membership fees leading to a more than twofold net increase in profit.

After changing the fee rate “just slightly,” according to RPSC Treasurer Stuart Keeley, the society made $863 net compared to $324 in 2016; however, this increase could be offset depending on the continuation of financial support from the federal government.

The RPSC recently received $13,500 in federal support to go towards printing our bimonthly publication, The Canadian Philatelist (TCP).

“If the government doesn’t give us the money next year for TCP, we can get into a financial issue in a very, very big hurry,” warned Keeley at The RPSC’s recent annual general meeting,  in St. Catharines, Ont.

In terms of membership, which is also part of Keeley’s role, The RPSC currently has about 1,200 paying members and about 375 life members, the latter of which may have paid their membership fees as far back as the 1970s.

“We’re supporting them with no income coming in,” he said, adding the society is losing about 50 members a year on average. “That – along with distributing TCP and other issues – is a drag on a financial statement when you only have about $50,000 or $60,000.”

The board is currently discussing how to address these life members for further support, and more information will be available in the coming months.

In the closing remarks of his treasurer’s report this June, Keeley said The RPCS needs to “stabilize” membership and find the next cohort of paying members.

“For the society to survive long term, my generation needs to be replaced by that generation at some point, but they need good reasons to join.”

National-level Canpex returns to London Oct. 13-14

Canada’s newest national-level exhibition is returning to southwestern Ontario this month with a theme marking the 150th anniversary of the Western Fair, which has been held in downtown London every September since 1868.

Hosted by the Middlesex Stamp Club, Canpex 2018 will be held Oct. 13-14 at the Hellenic Community Centre on 133 Southdale Rd. W. It’s the event’s third gathering since the show was re-invented in 2016.

With a 25-dealer bourse and about 100 exhibit frames, the show, which coincides with Stamp Collecting Month, is an opportunity for attendees to view world-class exhibits in southwestern Ontario.

The show’s competitive exhibition is part of the American Philatelic Society (APS) “World Series of Philately,” which is limited to 35 shows in Canada and the U.S.

The Grand Award winners from these 35 shows – including Canpex; Orapex; Novapex

in Dartmouth, N.S.; the Edmonton Stamp Club National Spring Show; and the annual convention

of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) – are invited to exhibit at the APS

StampShow each year. The winners of the single-frame Grand Awards are invited to the APS AmeriStamp Expo.

With numerous local clubs within a two-hour drive of London, which is less than a day’s drive from more than 150 million people in Canadian and U.S. urban centres, the city is an ideal location for a stamp show.