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June 9-12, 2022
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Hours at The RPSC offices have been restricted due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic. Expect delays in the processing of new memberships and responses to emails and voice mail messages.
May everyone continue to stay well and keep safe. May you continue to all support one another. If your circumstances permit, please continue to support our hobby and its dealers. Stay in touch with your friends, club members and The RPSC. Subscribe to philatelic publications as a distraction from the news about COVID-19 and its consequences. These are times when people need to be kind to one another. May our enjoyment of stamp collecting and our continued recognition of its friendships and fellowship help to sustain us through these stressful and extraordinary times.

Best regards

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada

À tous nos membres

Prenez bien soin de vous et de vos proches et continuez de vous appuyer les uns les autres. Dans la mesure du possible, continuez de faire la promotion de la philatélie et d’appuyer nos détaillants. Gardez contact avec vos amis, membres du club et la SRPC sans oublier nos publicistes philatélistes qui nous permettent d’oublier quelque peu la Covid 19 et ses effets. Plus que jamais la solidarité et la gentillesse les uns vis-à-vis les autres sont essentielles.

Faisons en sorte que le bonheur que procure la philatélie et les liens d’amitié qu’elle nous permet de tisser soient sources de réconfort pendant ces moments difficiles.

Meilleures salutations à tous,
Ed Kroft QC FRPSC, président
La Société royale de philatélie du Canada

October 14-17, 2021 (click for website)

Royal-2021-Royale is a Virtual National Philatelic Exhibition conducted by The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and is hosted by CANPEX. Entries will be accepted in both multi-frame and single frame classes.

Specific information on exhibiting will be found in the Exhibition Prospectus. Any collector who meets the criteria outlined in that document is eligible to exhibit.

Single frame exhibits achieving a level of vermeil or higher will be eligible to submit their entry to CAPEX '22, the International One Frame Exhibition, June 9-12, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.

Since this is a virtual exhibition, there is a protocol in place for scanning your entry. Please click here for the information required to submit a scanned exhibit.

English Virtual Seminars

1st up on Oct 14 starting at 7:30pm eastern time we have Garfield Portch talking about Street Post Offices of Toronto 1881-1901. Please register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8Wfh0wooQ8mAXBIw9EpWPw

2nd up on Oct 15 starting at 7:30pm ET we have Ingo Nessel speaking on Why I Collect Hong Kong. Register in advance for this webinar https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PEC77bmVQw6PKeNipgVbpw

3rd up on Oct 16 starting at 7pm ET we have Dr. Darin P. Cherniwchan speaking on Digital Philately Workshop - A hands on Experience. Please register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xMwtMklNSkGDen0zaI5Khw

And 4th up on Oct 17 starting at 1pm ET we have a judging seminar hosted by international judge and chair of the RPSC Committee on Judging and Exhibiting chair of the Joel Weiner. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I4wg1s-_T-i6k9y8QBTsyw

Royal-2021-Royale est une exposition philatélique nationale virtuelle organisée par la Société royale de philatélie du Canada et hébergée par CANPEX. Les inscriptions seront acceptées dans les classes à cadres multiples et à Un-cadre.

Toutes les informations spécifiques de l'exposition se trouvent dans le Prospectus de l'Exposition. Tout collectionneur qui répond aux critères énoncés dans ce document est admissible à exposer.

Les collections Un-cadre qui y obtiendront une médaille de vermeil ou davantage seront éligibles pour CAPEX '22, l'exposition internationale Un-cadre, qui aura lieu du 9 au 12 juin 2022 à Toronto (Canada).

Puisqu'il s'agit d'une exposition virtuelle, un protocole a été mis en place afin de numériser votre collection. Veuillez cliquer ici pour obtenir les informations requises pour soumettre votre collection numérisée.

French Virtual Seminars

Oct 14 starting at 5:30pm ET we have Grégoire Teyssier giving a talk titled Introduction à la marcophilie et à l’histoire postale Canadienne. Join him at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_31ldy6OdS4efS97CZemFiw

On Oct 15 also starting at 5:30pm ET Cimon Morin will be speaking about La poste coloniale au Québec, 1763-1851 : les différentes étapes de recherche. Join him at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Id8ZfAwWSryMAXIdAaA7Ww https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Id8ZfAwWSryMAXIdAaA7Ww

On Oct 16, starting at 10am ET Michel Houde will speak on Bureau de poste du consulat britannique de Bangkok de 1855 à 1885. Join him at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zdU8EH4pT3aBJcpM8zFJbA

And on Oct 17 we will have another judge’s seminar starting at 10am ET by international judge and signator of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists Charles Verge. You can register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n0kBvULsTzGXbijL2Uy1rg

To be held at 7:00pm EST monthly through 2021 (all are on Mondays).

Please email stamptalks@capex22.org to sign up for a registration email.

  • January 11 - Derwin Mak - “The Batman First Day Ceremony at New York Comic Con”
  • February 8 - David Foot - “ELDO: Forerunner to the European Space Agency”
  • March 8 – Liz Hisey - “Telling Stories with Postcards”
  • April 12 – Ron Majors - “Canada/British North America (BNA)-Union and Confederate Postal Cross Border Correspondence during the US Civil War”
  • May 10 – Gerard McCulloch (Punk Philatelist) “Online Philately”
  • June 14 - RPSC AGM, followed by: Jane Sodero "Not Quite 50"; John A. Sharp "A stamp collector visits Antarctica"
  • July 12 - Ed Kroft “Some Uncommon Destinations for Mail from Palestine During British Occupation: December 1917-May 1948”
  • August 9 – Jean Wang “Canadian Medical Groundbreakers: Concept to Design”
  • September 13 – Robin Harris “Evolution of the Unitrade Catalogue from 2005 to the present”
  • October 11 - Chris Green “Introduction to the German Colonies & Post Offices Abroad”

    You are invited to a Stamp Talks Zoom webinar.

    When: October 11, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Topic: Introduction to the German Colonies & Post Offices Abroad

    Register in advance for this webinar:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    Speaker - Chris Green

    While Chris deals in all manner of philatelic material, his primary interest lies in classic philately. He is a member of a number of specialist societies, including the American Philatelic Society, the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada, the China Stamp Society, the United States Classics Society, and is a Life Member of the Royal Philatelic Society London. He is a Director of the Postal History Society of Canada and the British North America Philatelic Society, serves on the Expert Committee of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation, and was the Canadian Ambassador and a Leadership Patron of STOCKHOLMIA 2019.

    Costs are incurred to offer these Zoom presentations. Any donation you may provide to offset our costs would be greatly appreciated (receipts will not be issued).

    [To donate, via PayPal]
  • November 8 - Chris Hargreaves - “Paying for air mail: Canadian Air Mail stamps and protocols, 1928-1939”
  • December 13 - Michel Houde “From Philatelist to Specialist”
Watch past Zoom Stamp Talk presentations (you must be signed in to view).
To be held at 7:00pm EST monthly through 2021.

Have questions? Need answers? Join a RPSC Panel discussion group.

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  • Monday January 18 – Stamp Collecting. Where do I get stamps? How do I store them? What tools and supplies do I need? Basic questions and answers? Ken Lemke(m), Jerry Piotrowski(p), Bob Thorne(p), Stuart Keeley(p)
  • Tuesday February 9 – Collecting and real life. What does a collector do? How can collecting stamps help in life? Chris Hargreaves(m), David Hobden(p), Sam Chiu(p), Bob Gardner(p)
  • Monday March 15 - Moving beyond album collecting. Why would I want to? What are some areas to collect? Ken Lemke(m), Ed Kroft(p), Sid Mensinga(p),
  • Monday April 19 – Thematic collecting. What is it? Why is it the newest rage? Chris Hargreaves(m), Jean Wang(p), Derwin Mak(p), Rob Lunn(p)
  • Monday May 17 – The back of the book. What does it comprise? Should I collect it? Is it affordable? Chris Hargreaves(p), Ingo Nessel(p), John Wilson(p)
  • Monday June 21 – Sample collecting area. Communications during War. What can I collect? How did it work? Were the soldiers well served? George Pepall(p), Leigh Hogg (p), David Hobden(p)
  • Monday July 19 – Other Considerations. Forgeries, basics in spotting them. Insurance, do I need it and where can I get it? What to do with inherited collections? Chris Hargreaves(m), Garfield Portch(p), Chris Green(p), John Wilson(p)
  • Monday August 16 – Clubs. Why join a club? Benefits of a club? Where to find a club? What is the RPSC? Ed Kroft(m), Garfield Portch(p), Ingo Nessel(p), Rob Lunn(p)
  • Monday September 20 – Stamp Shows. What are they? Why they are worth visiting? Camaraderie and the social benefits of collecting. Mike Walsh(m), Charles Verge(p), Jane Sodero(p)
  • Monday October 18 – Education and Youth. Should I get my child involved? What are youth interested in? What can be learned from philately? Jane Sodero(m), Ted Nixon(p), Stuart Keeley(p) and Anirban Chakraborty(p)
    Hello fellow stamp collectors,

    You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

    When: October 18, 2021. I will open the Webinar at 6:50pm and start at 7pm Eastern Time.

    Stamp Panel Topic: Education and Youth. Should I get my child involved? What are youth interested in? What can be learned from philately?

    Moderator - Jane Sodero
    Panelists - Ted Nixon

    Register in advance for this webinar:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • Monday November 15Introduction into Exhibiting. What is it? How does it work? How to get started? It is easier than you think. Charles Verge(p), Jane Sodero(p)
  • Monday December 20 – Research. Why should I research my collection? How to conduct research. What resources are available? What is the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library? Charles Verge(p), John Wilson(p), Robert Timberg(p)
Watch past Zoom Stamp Panel presentations (available to everyone!).
Chers membres francophones canadiens,

Comme vous le savez, le Conseil d’administration de la Société Royale de philatélie du Canada a récemment reconnu l’importance d’accorder une plus large place au français au sein de notre société nationale. Nous lui en remercions. Bien que par le passé, certains efforts ont été faits, nous considérons que la philatélie francophone au pays mérite plus, et que l’apport du français au sein de notre Société nationale ne pourra qu’être bénéfique pour tous et la fera davantage rayonner à travers le monde.

Un comité formé initialement de Jane Sodero, Stéphane Cloutier, George Pepall, Hugo Deshaye, Mario Chevrette, André Rondeau et Grégoire Teyssier a été mis en place. Ce comité aura la lourde tâche de veiller à ce que, dans un premier temps, tout ce que la Royale publie le soit dans les deux langues officielles du pays, à commencer par notre site Web. La tâche est énorme, mais pas infaisable. Mais pour que notre souhait de laisser une plus grande place au français dans notre Société se réalise et soit pérenne, nous devons viser 3 objectifs :

1. Traduire (ou faire traduire) ce qui existe déjà, et en priorité notre site Web.

2. Augmenter le nombre d’articles publiés en français dans The Canadian Philatéliste / Le Philatéliste Canadien.

3. Rendre le plus possible bilingue le Conseil d’administration de la SRPC.

En ce qui concerne le point #1 - la traduction - nous sommes à faire des demandes d’aide financière auprès de diverses instances gouvernementales, ce qui nous permettrait de pouvoir engager des traducteurs professionnels, car le bénévolat a ses limites. Cela dit, toute aide bénévole sera quand même la bienvenue. Nous sommes certains que parmi vous, plusieurs pourraient se joindre à ce comité en apportant leur aide en traduction-révision.

Point #2 :

« Plus le monde en mange, plus elles sont fraîches, et plus elles sont fraîches, plus le monde en mange » pour reprendre un ancien slogan d’une célèbre marque de saucisses.

Plus il y aura d’articles en français, plus il y aura de lecteurs et de membres francophones, et donc, plus il y aura d’articles en français. Aucune traduction nécessaire. Robin Harris, l’éditeur de notre revue, attend nos articles en français avec impatience! Donc, s’il-vous-plaît, écrivez!

Sur ce point, le dernier numéro de notre revue « Spécial hockey » a suscité quelques plaintes, car aucun article n’était en français. On comprend ces plaintes. Cela étant, il faut dire que l’éditeur avait fait un « appel à tous » pour la rédaction d’articles. Et très malheureusement, il n’a reçu aucun article rédigé en français! On ne peut pas lui en vouloir! Quant à en traduire quelques-uns, oui bien sûr, cela aurait été possible, mais d’une part il faut savoir qu’il en coûte entre 15 cents et 20 cents par mot (une dépense qu’à l’heure actuelle notre Société ne peut pas se permettre malheureusement) et que d’autre part, publier des mêmes articles dans les deux langues est difficilement envisageable à cause des coûts de production papier de notre revue. Donc, les choses sont simples : si nous souhaitons davantage de contenu français dans la revue : ÉCRIVONS des articles en français!

Quant au point #3, nous pensons que si les philatélistes canadiens francophones ne s’impliquent pas, les choses changeront difficilement. Le but ici n’est pas d’avoir un conseil bilingue, mais bien d’y avoir suffisamment de ressources dans les deux langues officielles pour que tous y trouvent leur compte et que notre Société reflète la réalité canadienne.

En conclusion : « Ne vous demandez pas ce que la Royale peut faire pour vous, mais plutôt ce que vous pouvez faire pour la Royale » pour paraphraser un célèbre Président des États-Unis d’Amérique!

Chers philatélistes francophones, nous avons l’opportunité de faire avancer les choses. Le Conseil d’administration de la SRPC nous en donne les moyens. Si nous nous y mettons tous ensemble, nous y arriverons, mais nous avons besoin de vous! S’il-vous-plaît, manifestez-vous en nous offrant vos services!

D’avance, merci!

Le Comité de francisation de la SRPC


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Convention of The RPSC

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and provincial guidelines and restrictions, the host club for Royal*2021*Royale is unable to hold an in-person convention. The RPSC Board is offering a virtual Royal/Royale from October 14-17, 2021. Details are noted above.

June 25 - 27, 2021
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