July-August Issue of The Canadian Philatelist reveals ‘the most expensive Cinderella’

An article highlighting the Lady McLeod issue – “the most expensive Cinderella in philately” – graces the cover of the July-August issue of The Canadian Philatelist (TCP), the official bi-monthly publication of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

Authored by Richard Logan, the article pays tribute to a mail steamer called the Lady McLeod, which provided a much-needed postal service across the Gulf of Paria between the Port of Spain and San Fernando on the island of Trinidad.

The local economy was expanding rapidly with an influx of immigrant workers from Asia to harvest cocoa and sugar crops. The cheap labour stimulated growth, which prompted desperately needed communication to market the island’s bounty.

The Lady McLeod was put into service to carry letters, officials, magistrates and police across the bay. She also provided a link with ocean-going vessels, which transported the produce to international markets.

Throughout this remarkable history, a label and stamp were developed, both of which are much sought after by philatelists around the world.

“The number of Lady McLeods actually existing is not known; however, it is believed that the number includes some 26 mint never hinged, 24 used, and 39 on cover, although some of these may be bogus,” writes Logan, whose article is found on page 208 of TCP. “Forgeries do exist and buyers are advised to obtain a certificate of authenticity by a reputable authority.”

Sales of the iconic Cinderella stamp are “rare and even copies with minor damage fetch a high price,” he adds. “Mint never hinged copies sell for more than 50 thousand U.S. dollars; pen cancelled copies for about 12,500 U.S.; skinned off copies sell for less than that; and covers go for anywhere from five to nine thousand U.S. dollars.”

President’s Message — July 2018 Newsletter

By Ed Kroft, President

Hi everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the summer and have an opportunity to participate in your various pastimes, including stamp collecting. 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 2018

The annual Royal Convention held in St. Catharines, Ont., in late June was a great success. Helpful dealers, committed volunteers, outstanding exhibits, informative seminars, an annual general meeting, an awards banquet with excellent food and renewed and new friendships involving the discussion of philately—a great way to spend one or more days! Plans are well under way for Royal/Royale 2019, which will be held next June 21-23 in Mississauga, Ont.. The RPSC hopes to see you there!


The Volunteer Recognition Program is intended to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to philately as a member of The RPSC or a member of an RPSC Chapter or Affiliate. Full details of the program are forthcoming, but the following is essentially 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 is eligible for the program. 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 RPSC Awards Committee, which 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 per cent 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 per cent 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’s electronic 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 bi-monthly publication, The Canadian Philatelist. Please contact our esteemed editor Herb Colling (hacolling@cogeco.ca) or a member of our talented editorial board, which includes Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton, Rob Timberg and Francois Brisse.


The RPSC is interested in seeing more collectors attend RPSC chapter meetings. We hope the newsletter will assist in this regard; it 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.


We are fortunate to have Robin Harris as our webmaster. The RPSC hopes to continue to provide members and non-members with current information about the society’s 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 us and we will consider it for publication on our website or as a presentation to be made available to other Chapters.


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, Michelle Cartier, Jean-Jacques Tillard, Lawrence Pinkney, Hugo Deshaye, Mike Walsh and Joel Weiner.

The RPSC also appreciates and benefits from the wisdom and continued assistance of Garfield Portch and past presidents George Pepall (Second Vice-President) and Charles Verge. The RPSC greatly benefits from the support of the Toronto-based Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation and the assistance of RPSC National Office Executive Assistant Margaret Schulzke. Please feel free to visit the Greene Foundation’s Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library during its regularly scheduled hours.

RPSC National Office/Bureau National

P.O. Box 69080, St. Clair Post Office

Toronto, ON   M4T 3A1

Tel: 416-921-2077

Toll-free: 1-888-285-4143

Fax: 416-921-1282

E-mail: info@rpsc.org

Website: rpsc.org

The RPSC also thanks the many volunteers who work on national committees and at various national and regional shows as well as at chapter meetings. Keep up the great work!


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


The RPSC has a committee that deals with the accreditation of philatelic judges in Canada. I wish to thank David Piercey for his outstanding work and mentorship for many years as chair of this committee. David will remain as a member of the committee but has passed the chairmanship reins to Joel Weiner, who is in the process of contacting judges.


Do you have any ideas to improve The RPSC? Do you want to volunteer or help recruit new members? With your assistance, The RPSC will continue to be Canada’s national stamp club.

Please feel free to contact me via email at e.kroft@shaw.ca.

Have a great summer!

Best wishes,


RPSC dealer appointed to APS Dealer Advisory Council

Long-time Canadian dealer Roy Houtby, of St. Catharines, Ont.

Long-time Canadian dealer and RPSC member Roy Houtby, owner of Roy’s Stamps, was recently appointed to the American Philatelic Society (APS) Dealer Advisory Council following an announcement from APS Executive Director Scott English. Houtby, of St. Catharines, Ont., has been in the stamp business for more than 45 years and participates in upwards of 30 shows across North America, including at least a dozen major events in the U.S., each year.

Roy’s Stamps is an annual participant in both the APS StampShow, Ameristamp Expo and Canada’s National Stamp Exhibition. He’s also a past president of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association; served as bourse chair for several Canadian national shows, including “Royal 2009,” “BNAPEX 2015” and this June’s “Royal 2018” in St. Catharines. He is also serving on the organizing group for “BNAPEX 2019” in Ottawa.

Houtby is also the long-time bourse chair for the St. Catharines Stamp Club’s annual “Cathex” show and has organized the Best Western Stamp Show for more than four decades. He’s also chaired the Ottawa Fall Stamp Fair for the past 14 years.

RPSC offers online ‘Exhibit’

The RPSC’s on-line library is a collection of “Exhibits” (these are actually “research articles”) donated to The RPSC for the viewing pleasure of our web site visitors. With the explosion of the internet and the availability of philatelic related information, the next evolutionary step is to bring the commonly viewed exhibits from the stamp show’s exhibition floor and create on-line versions of the presentations. To view the entire list, click here.

A new monthly newsletter for RPSC members

Welcome to the first issue of The RPSC newsletter.

This newsletter is part of The RPSC’s strategic initiative, and as stated by President Ed Kroft, The RPSC wants to be known as the “go-to philatelic organization in Canada. It wants to be inclusive rather than being exclusive. It wants to be an organization for all to join.”

The newsletter will be focused on promoting The RPSC and its services and programs to members and all philatelic organizations in Canada. It will also serve to recognize the great contributions of our members to philately here in Canada and abroad. It is also being created to be an extension of The RPSC’s popular and respectable journal, The Canadian Philatelist, by providing timely updates and highlights of news and events within The RPSC and the Canadian philatelic community at large.

We welcome your input, particularly with any items you would like to see as part of the regular newsletter.

Of special note to anyone who is reading this newsletter in Outlook, you will view it much better if you go to the very top of this newsletter and click on the line: View email in your browser.

We also invite you to suggest a name for this newsletter. Email your submissions to info@rpsc.org by June 30. The member who submitted the chosen name will receive a one-year membership extension to The RSPC.

We look forward to your input.

APS appoints new president

Robert Zeigler, of Indianapolis, Ind., was recently appointed as the new president of the American Philatelic Society (APS), the U.S. equivalent of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC).

Zeigler, who was a member of the judging panel at the 2010 RPSC Convention in Windsor, Ont., was appointed president of the APS on May 23 following a vote of that society’s board of directors. He’s replacing former APS president Mick Zais, who was elected in 2016 before resigning this May after being chosen by the U.S. Senate as deputy secretary of the Department of Education .

Zeigler will complete Zais’ term, which runs until August 2019.

Enjoy the benefits of membership?

As noted in this issue’s President’s Message, the RPSC board is committed to providing strong benefits to being a member of Canada’s longest service philatelic organization.

Your membership to the RPSC provides many benefits. Continue Reading to view the benefits.

The RPSC on Facebook

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) is inviting members to “like” its Facebook page, which it launched earlier this year.

The page highlights news about the society as well as the hobby at large; information, including videos and photographs, about shows in Canada and abroad; and other interesting philatelic tidbits.

It’s managed by The RPSC’s Facebook/Social Media committee, which includes:

  • Chair Sam Chiu, who’s a Fellow of The RPSC;
  • Robert Lunn;
  • Mike Walsh;
  • Robert Pinet;
  • Hugo Deshaye;
  • Robert Timberg;
  • Jesse Robitaille; and
  • Leon Matthys.

For more information or to visit the Facebook page, click here.

RPSC members exhibiting excellence

Members of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) are exhibiting excellence at high-level exhibitions in Canada and abroad.

At the 160-frame national-level competitive exhibition held at Orapex this May, RPSC member Michael Deery won the Grand Award for his eight-frame exhibit, “WWII Postal Protocol: Mail Violations and Advisements.” The exhibit didn’t just focus on the war-time censorship of a single country but also highlighted postal protocols of countries around the world throughout the Second World War.

During the Second World War, both Allied countries and Axis powers monitored civilian and military mail in an effort to protect their respective war efforts from being jeopardized. Countries censored mail, identified violations and issued warnings for postal protocol deemed a security risk by inserting or attaching a slip, memo, notice, form or label to an envelope. In many cases, a handstamp was also applied.

Deery outlined the violations and advisements in 13 categories, including:

  • “Communicating with the enemy”;
  • “Conveying sensitive information”;
  • “Language issues”;
  • “Writing clarity and more”;
  • “Printed matter (cards, photos, picture postcards, mimeographs)”;
  • “Posting foreign currency”;
  • “Exporting/importing stamps”;
  • “Addressing protocol & form use”;
  • “Use of envelopes”;
  • “Foreign mail protocol”;
  • “POW & FPO issues”;
  • “Miscellaneous issues: Non-compliance, prohibited”; and
  • “Warnings/advisements.”


There are only a handful of national-level accredited shows hosted in Canada each year. These include: The RPSC Convention, which will be held June 22-24 in St. Catharines, Ont.; the Edmonton Spring National Stamp Show, which was held March 24-25 in Edmonton, Alta.; the aforementioned Orapex, held May 4-5 in Ottawa; Novapex, which will be held Sept. 14-16 in Dartmouth, N.S.; and Canpex, which will be held Oct. 13-14 in London, Ont.


Another RPSC member, David Bartlet, won the Reserve Grand Award at Orapex for his five-frame exhibit, “Vended Postage Automation,” which mostly featured modern material dating from 2002-16.

RPSC Darcy Hickson also won the Single-Frame Grand Award for his exhibit, “Sewell Camp,” which offered study of the postmarks used at the short-lived camp when it was open in 1911.

Latest issue of ‘The Canadian Philatelist’ focuses on war-time blood donations

Since 1950, The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) has published a bimonthly journal called The Canadian Philatelist (TCP).

With compelling philatelic articles, society business and news as well as events and meetings calendars, TCP is a major benefit for RPSC members, who receive new editions of the journal when its published every two months.

The cover story for the May/June 2018 issue (Volume 69, No. 3), entitled “Blood in the Time of War,” focuses on blood donations during major conflicts such as the First World War and Second World War. Written by RPSC member and Toronto medical doctor Jean Wang, the story is based on her award-winning exhibit, “The Story of Blood: Myth to Medicine,” which earned a Large Gold at the 67th annual National Topical Stamp Show last June.

“Campaigns to recruit civilian blood donors were supported by the postal service,” she writes. “Slogan cancels were used to disseminate appeals to the public. In 1942, a Winnipeg proprietary slogan was issued with the message ‘SUPPORT THE BLOOD DONOR CAMPAIGN.’ A bilingual slogan ‘BLOOD DONORS WANTER/DONNEURS DE SANG DEMANDES’ was used in Ottawa in 1944-1945. Neither of these slogans specifically referenced the war, in contrast to slogans that were used on metered mail in the United States during the latter part of WW II.”

Canada’s national stamp club, The RPSC can trace its roots back to 1887, when the Canadian Philatelic Association was founded; however, it wasn’t until 1959 the society received its “Royal” designation.

Past issues of TCP are available on the society website, rpsc.org, free of charge for issues from 1950-2010, along with all of the journal’s predecessors, including:

  • The Halifax Philatelist (1887-1889);
  • a former version of The Canadian Philatelist (1891-1894);
  • the C.P.S. Bulletin (1935-1949);
  • the C.P.S. Toronto District Unit Bulletin (1947-1948); and
  • the C.P.S. Newsletter (1950-1953).