Message du président

Par Ed Kroft,

Président RPSC

Bonjour à tous! J’espère que vous et vos proches avez passé le temps des fêtes dans la joie et en pleine forme; voilà donc ce que je vous souhaite pour la nouvelle année, joie et santé. Le temps des fêtes est un moment de choix pour nous amuser à pratiquer notre passe-temps préféré et peut-être nous lancer dans un nouveau domaine de collection ou dépoussiérer ceux que nous avons laissés de côté. Dernièrement, je me suis mis à collectionner des cartes postales ayant un lien avec les domaines de collections et d’exposition de timbres qui me plaisent. Je les utilise lorsque j’assemble une collection que je veux exposer afin d’étoffer le récit.

 

Technologie et collection de timbres – raviver notre passe-temps

En septembre 2019, j’ai eu le plaisir de lire un article intéressant de la BBC News intitulé,

« Tech-savvy stamp collectors energise an old hobby » (Des philatélistes branchés énergisent un ancien passe-temps). L’article parle d’Anita Lo, une collectionneuse de 26 ans et dit ce qui suit : « Sans surprise, en tant que nouvelle collectionneuse, Anita a adopté une approche numérique pour son nouveau passe-temps. Elle affiche ses collections sur Instagram et sur WhatsApp et consulte un catalogue en ligne pour chercher des timbres selon les prix ou les pays au lieu de s’en remettre à la copie papier traditionnelle offerte dans les encans. Toutefois, son passe-temps au cachet vieillot a fait sourciller ses pairs et elle avoue que la réputation de « timbré » qu’on y attache lui inspire parfois des sentiments contradictoires.

 

Anita déclare « Je m’intéresse à ce passe-temps et je l’aime, mais je ne vais pas aux grands salons et je ne me joindrais jamais à un club ou à une société; j’ai le sentiment qu’on y trouve plein de gens de l’âge de mes parents, un peu accros, et je ne veux pas être perçue de cette façon. Parce que je ne connais personne de mon âge qui le pratique, c’est un passe-temps auquel je m’adonne principalement seule ».

 

Très éclairant pour ceux d’entre nous qui tentent d’atteindre de jeunes collectionneurs.

 

L’article parle également de Graham Beck et de son canal YouTube, Exploring Stamps, qui nous informe que : « À ce jour, il a téléchargé 70 vidéos où on le voit choisir un timbre au hasard et parler de l’histoire qui se cache derrière lui; son périple l’a mené vers un volcan en Islande, les trois statues de la liberté, à New York, à Paris et à Las Vegas. Pour ce natif d’Afrique du Sud vivant maintenant à New York, c’est l’histoire derrière le timbre qui interpelle la nouvelle race de philatélistes (on appelle ainsi les collectionneurs de timbres) plutôt que les types particuliers de papier et les styles d’impressions qui font souvent l’enthousiasme de ceux de la vieille école ». Allez voir ses vidéos sur YouTube!

 

John Lennon, Freddie Mercury et la collection de timbres

 

J’ai visité le musée de la philatélie du Smithsonian en juin dernier et l’album de timbres de John Lennon y était exposé. J’ai pris quelques photos pour vous offrir le plaisir de les regarder. J’ai aussi appris que Freddie Mercury, le chanteur principal du groupe Queen, qui était un collectionneur passionné dans son enfance, a confié son album aux bons soins de son père lorsqu’il est parti étudier au collège des arts. J’ai lu que son album était l’un des rares effets personnels qui n’ont pas été brûlés à sa mort (conformément à sa fois zoroastrienne) et qu’il serait maintenant la propriété du London’s National Postal Museum & Archive. Savez-vous si d’autres albums ayant appartenu à des personnages célèbres sont exposés quelque part?

 

Séminaires de La SRPC sur la collection de timbres

 

Nos membres aiment toujours assister à un séminaire sur des aspects de la philatélie. La Société royale de philatélie du Canada (SRPC) invite des volontaires à monter une présentation PowerPoint pour la projeter dans les clubs et aux expositions philatéliques. À la fin de septembre 2019, j’ai donné une présentation à Vanpex sur l’utilisation d’une page de titre et d’un résumé lorsque nous exposons nos collections de timbres. Je suis certain que bon nombre d’entre vous seraient intéressés par des sujets, comme la planification successorale pour vos collections. Y a-t-il des volontaires? D’autres sujets? S’il vous plaît, dites-le-moi!

 

Activités du conseil d’administration de La SRPC

 

Notre plus récente réunion du conseil d’administration a eu lieu le 24 novembre 2019 par téléconférence. Le conseil et d’autres bénévoles dévoués ont discuté d’une variété de sujets relatifs au fonctionnement de La SRPC. Une fois approuvés, les procès-verbaux des réunions sont affichés dans le site Web de La SRPC, www.rpsc.org. La prochaine réunion du conseil est prévue en février 2020.

 

Information et articles pour l’infolettre de La SRPC incluant la liste et les nouvelles des sections de clubs

 

Je suis heureux que beaucoup parmi vous m’aient déclaré, ainsi qu’à d’autres membres du conseil, qu’ils aiment recevoir l’infolettre de La SRPC. Nous nous efforçons toujours d’attirer de nouveaux membres à La SRPC et de nouveaux collectionneurs à notre loisir. Si vous désirez écrire un article pour l’infolettre de La SRPC, veuillez prendre contact avec moi ou avec Mike Walsh : mwalsh@vaxxine.com

 

Le philatéliste canadien publie une liste des sections de clubs tous les deux mois. La SRPC souhaite voir davantage de collectionneurs assister aux réunions des sections de clubs. Nous espérons que l’infolettre sera utile à cet égard et qu’elle comportera les renseignements nécessaires sur les réunions, y compris les noms des conférenciers et les lieux de réunions.

 

Meilleurs vœux pour 2020

 

Amusez-vous bien dans les prochains mois. Il y aura des expositions philatéliques locales, régionales et nationales partout au Canada, une exposition internationale à Londres et la Royale, en juin, à Fredericton.

 

Je vous souhaite, de même qu’à vos êtres chers, un joyeux temps des fêtes, la santé, une nouvelle année heureuse et toutes les bonnes choses à venir.

 

Cordialement,

 

Ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Message

 

By Ed Kroft,

President, RPSC

Hi everyone. I hope that you and your loved ones enjoyed a healthy and happy holiday season and wish you a happy and healthy new year. This is a great time of year for all of us to enjoy our hobby and to perhaps turn to starting a new area of collecting or dusting off ones we have not turned to for some time.

I have recently turned to collecting postcards that relate to those areas of stamp collecting and exhibiting that I enjoy. I am using them in an exhibit I am putting together to assist in telling the relevant story.

 

Technology and Stamp Collecting -­­­ Reviving the Hobby

I was pleased to read an engaging article in September 2019 on BBC News entitled

“Tech-savvy stamp collectors energise an old hobby”. The article speaks about Anita Lo, a 26-year old collector. The article says the following: “Not surprisingly, as a younger collector, Anita takes a digital approach to her hobby. She shares her collection on Instagram and WhatsApp and uses an online catalogue to search for items by price or country, instead of the hard copies traditionally taken to auctions. However, with its fusty image, her hobby has raised eyebrows amongst her peer group and she admits its “geeky” reputation can leave her feeling conflicted.

 

Anita states, “It’s my interest and I do enjoy it but I don’t go to the big trade shows and would never join a club or society; my perception is that they are mainly full of people my parents’ age, are a bit nerdy and I don’t want to be viewed that way. Because I don’t know anyone else my age doing this, it’s a hobby that I do very much alone.”

 

Very insightful for those of us trying to reach younger collectors.

 

The article also speaks about Graham Beck and his You Tube channel, Exploring Stamps. It states: “To date, he has uploaded 70 videos which see him select a stamp at random and explore the history behind it, a journey that has taken him to an Icelandic volcano and the three Statues of Liberty in New York, Paris and Las Vegas. The South African native, now based in New York, says it is the story behind the stamp that is resonating with the new breed of philatelists (as stamp collectors are known) rather than particular paper types and printing styles which often enthuse the old-school collector.” Check out his videos on You Tube!

 

John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and Stamp Collecting

 

I visited the Smithsonian Philatelic Museum last June and saw John Lennon’s stamp album on display. I took some photos for your viewing pleasure. I also just learned that Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, was an avid collector in childhood, entrusting his album to his father when he went off to art college. I read that his album was one of his few personal effects not burnt (in line with his Zoroastrian belief) on his death, and apparently is now owned by London’s National Postal Museum & Archive. Do you know of other stamp albums of famous personalities that are on display?

 

RPSC Seminars on Stamp Collecting

 

Our members always enjoy attending a seminar on some aspects of stamp collecting. The RPSC encourages volunteers to put together a PowerPoint presentation to show at clubs and stamp shows. I gave a presentation at Vanpex in late September 2019 on the use of a title page and synopsis in stamp exhibiting. I am sure many of you would be interested in such topics as estate planning for your collections. Any volunteers? Any other topics? Please let me know.

 

RPSC Board Activities

 

Our most recent meeting of the Board was held on November 24, 2019 by teleconference. The Board and other dedicated volunteers discussed a variety of topics dealing with the operation of The RPSC. Once approved, minutes of Board meetings are posted on The RPSC website, https://www.rpsc.org. The next Board meeting is expected to be in February 2020.

 

Information and Articles for The RPSC Newsletter including Chapter Listings and Chapter News

 

I am gratified that many of you have expressed to me and other board members that they are pleased to receive the electronic newsletter from the RPSC. 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 or Mike Walsh: mwalsh@vaxxine.com

 

The Canadian Philatelist contains listings of chapters every two months. 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.

 

Best Wishes For 2020

 

Enjoy the months to come. There will be local, regional and national stamp shows across Canada, an international stamp exhibition in London, and The Royal in June in Fredericton.

 

May you and your loved ones enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season and new year and all good things to come.

 

Best regards

 

Ed

Regard sur Royal*2019*Royal : 21-23 juin 2019, Mississauga, Ontario

Rapport du président,

Par Ed Kroft

L’exposition de Mississauga a été très réussie. Je tiens à remercier le Bramalea Stamp Club, le West Toronto Stamp Club et Canadian Stamp News d’avoir tenu Royal*2019*Royale au Hilton de Mississauga. La Royale de cette année comportait deux thèmes.

Servir en tant que président dans le cadre du 60e anniversaire de la désignation ROYALE accordée à la Canadian Philatelic Association par Sa Majesté, la reine Elizabeth II est un honneur. Le second thème « C’est votre Royale » rend à juste titre hommage à tous les membres de La Société royale de philatélie du Canada (SRPC) et au rôle important que chacun joue pour l’enrichissement de notre loisir pour les collectionneurs de tous âges et de tous niveaux. C’est l’un des thèmes que j’ai abordés à l’assemblée générale annuelle du 22 juin 2019.

Je remercie également Joe Trauzzi, Rod Paige, Stewart Keeley, Mike Walsh et bien d’autres, y compris les marchands, les bénévoles, les conférenciers, le conseil d’administration de La SRPC, Robin Harris, notre webmaître, les fellows de La SRPC ainsi que d’autres qui ont fait de cet évènement un succès mémorable. J’ai été heureux de rencontrer un fellow chevronné de La SRPC, Michael Madesker, qui a assisté aux trois jours d’exposition et qui y a aussi exposé ses collections. Bonne santé et meilleurs vœux, Michael!

Nous avons également pu exprimer nos meilleurs vœux et bien des remerciements à Margaret Schulzke, qui a été extrêmement utile à La SRPC pendant tant d’années. Nous lui souhaitons tous une bonne retraite! Merci à vous tous qui m’avez parlé de certains aspects de La SRPC et qui m’avez donné des idées d’amélioration. S’il vous plaît, continuez d’exprimer vos idées!

Nouveau Programme de reconnaissance des bénévoles – continuez à suggérer des candidatures!

À l’AGA, nous avons reconnu 22 personnes de partout au Canada pour leur contribution à notre loisir. S’il vous plaît, continuez à nous faire parvenir vos candidatures afin que nous puissions augmenter le nombre de bénévoles reconnus à la réunion de l’année prochaine, à Fredericton, au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Activités du conseil d’administration de La SRPC

La plus récente réunion du conseil d’administration a eu lieu le 22 juin 2019, en personne et par téléconférence. Le conseil et d’autres bénévoles dévoués ont discuté d’une variété de sujets, notamment, de divers aspects du plan stratégique. Une fois approuvés, les procès-verbaux des réunions sont affichés dans le site Web de La Société, www.rpsc.org. La prochaine réunion du conseil est prévue à la fin de septembre 2019.

Le philatéliste canadien est à la recherche d’articles  

Voulez-vous transmettre vos connaissances philatéliques à d’autres? S’il vous plaît, songez à prendre un peu de votre temps pour écrire un article informatif ou érudit pour la publication phare de La SRPC, Le philatéliste canadien, également appelée Le philatéliste. Veuillez prendre contact avec notre nouveau rédacteur en chef, Robin Harris, ou avec un membre de notre talentueux comité de rédaction : Gray Scrimgeour, Richard Gratton, Rob Timberg et François Brisse. Nous invitons ceux qui aimeraient soumettre un ou des articles pour publication à s’adresser à Robin à editor@rpsc.org.

Si vous désirez écrire un article pour l’infolettre de La SRPC, veuillez prendre contact avec moi par courriel, à l’adresse indiquée plus bas, ou avec Mike Walsh à l’adresse électronique suivante – mwalsh@vaxxine.com

Nous souhaitons également publier des articles ayant déjà paru dans l’infolettre des clubs locaux. Nous vous invitons à communiquer vos connaissances à d’autres collectionneurs.

Activités des sections de clubs – que se passe-t-il à vos réunions?

De nombreuses sections de clubs sont affiliées à La SRPC. Je sais que les collectionneurs aiment assister aux réunions et profiter de la camaraderie qui règne entre les gens qui ont des intérêts communs. En mai 2018, j’ai lu un article très intéressant dans Linn’s Stamp News sur les activités des clubs.

Voici une liste d’activités (que j’ai modifiée) parue dans cet article et que vous aimeriez peut-être adopter, si elles ne sont pas déjà dans la vôtre : livres des circuits de vente, présentation de diapositives, encans, collections démontées pour en vendre le contenu aux membres, voyages en autocar à des expositions philatéliques, infolettres de club, achat, vente, échange, échange de livres, de vieux catalogues et d’articles, fêtes célébrées au club, exposition de collections au club et pour l’admission à d’autres expositions, présentations formelles, conférences données par un invité, organisation d’expositions philatéliques, présentation de l’histoire postale à divers évènements non philatéliques, représentants de marchands aux réunions, soirées de méli-mélo philatélique, tombola, séances d’expression libre, notamment sur nos articles favoris et nos achats récents, réunions portant sur un thème et ateliers sur divers aspects de la philatélie. Communiquez-nous d’autres idées que je n’ai pas mises dans cette liste!

S’il vous plaît, devenez bénévoles et aidez La SRPC

Dans chaque numéro, je fais le même appel. Nous aimons tous notre loisir et y consacrons tout le temps que nous pouvons, et ce, de bien des façons. Je demande à ceux qui ne sont affiliés à aucun club de se joindre à un club local et à La SRPC. Je lance également un appel aux membres de La SRPC afin qu’ils nous aident de toutes les façons possibles. Sans bénévoles, votre société et votre loisir ne peuvent prospérer.

 

 

Calgary club tops 2019 CSN Cover Contest

After a month of voting, the second annual CSN Cover Contest has come to a close with the Calgary Philatelic Society (CPS) taking top honours in the club category.

One of seven clubs to mail a cover to CSN to mark October’s National Stamp Collecting Month, the CPS was announced as the winner on Nov. 1. The club’s cover, which earned 112 votes, celebrates National Stamp Collecting Month alongside the club’s annual fall show – Caltapex – which is also held in October.

“The CPS is proud and happy to have won the contest,” says CPS member and cover designer Dave Bartlet.

“All hobbies these days often need to promote what they do as there is a lot of competition for the attention of people in the market.”

Inspired by the Calgary Zoo’s ongoing panda exhibit, CPS members decided to frank their cover with a customized Picture Postage stamp. After voting at the club’s monthly meeting this September, members chose one photograph for the stamp while two runners-up were chosen for the cachet.

“We felt the theme of pandas for the show was something that is attractive to all generations, young collectors and older collectors alike,” adds Bartlet.

The cover’s stamp is also cancelled by an “Airways RPO” postmark dated Sept. 23, 2019.

For taking the top spot in the club category, the CPS wins $100 from CSN.

“We were late in the game to create our cover this year since our show was not until the third week of October, but seeing your promotion in the electronic Canadian Stamp News and remembering last year when Kathy Hartley (librarian of the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library) asked why we didn’t do an entry got me to rush this into production,” adds Bartlet, who aimed to create “a cover that put out the right message for the month in combination with our show.”

“We will be more aware to do something similar next year for the promotion. It is the local clubs that are the grassroots and need to do the footwork for Stamp Collecting Month.”

SECOND PLACE,

CLUB CATEGORY

The second-place prize – worth $50 – was won by the Waterloo Region Stamp Club, whose cover earned 61 votes in the club category.

It’s franked by Canada Post’s 2019 West Montrose Covered Bridge stamp. To the left, the cover depicts an old colour postcard featuring St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on 54 Queen St. N., in nearby Kitchener, Ont.

The club’s logo is also shown at the top of the cover, which includes a Waterloo Post Office postmark dated Sept. 25, 2019.

THIRD PLACE,

CLUB CATEGORY

The third-place prize, which is worth $25, went to the Kelowna and District Stamp Club, whose cover earned 52 votes in the club category.

It includes a new “stamp-on-a-stamp” version of the club’s Ogopogo-themed Picture Postage stamp. The original Ogopogo stamp was franked on the club’s submission in last year’s inaugural CSN Cover Contest, which it won.

On this year’s cover, the stamp is cancelled with a Sept. 17, 2019-dated Ogopogo postmark from Kelowna, B.C.’s Town Centre Post Office. The commemorative cancel, which is also dated Sept. 17, references National Stamp Collecting Month and covers the image of the “stamp-on-a-stamp” version.

The cover’s cachet also includes an image of the 2019 “stamp-on-a-stamp” version alongside the club’s first Ogopogo stamp, which was printed 29 years ago.

TOP INDIVIDUAL COVER

In the individual category, Toronto’s Harvey Shuter won the first-place prize and takes home $50.

Shuter’s cover celebrates National Stamp Collecting Month by encouraging people to not only collect stamps but also join a stamp club – both noble endeavours also endorsed by CSN.

The cover is franked with a customized Picture Postage stamp featuring a local post office. It’s cancelled by a Stamp Collecting Month postmark dated Oct. 1, 2019, while a stylized stamp design is featured to the left of the cachet.

NEXT YEAR

Details for the third annual CSN Cover Contest will be announced in January 2020.

For more information, visit canadianstampnews.com/2019covercontest.

Management changes at Toronto’s Greene Foundation

The Toronto-based Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation announced the retirement of its long-time chairman and president Ted Nixon, plus the election of a new executive, effective Oct. 30.

Ted Nixon has been at the helm of the Greene Foundation since the passing of Harry Sutherland in 2006. He joined the board of directors on April 28, 1998, and served as vice-chair from 2002-06. Over the years, he has also served as treasurer and secretary.

“During his tenure, the Greene Foundation has become a world-class organization which has expanded its outreach to Canada and the world, built an exceptional British North America philatelic library and introduced technology and mechanization to both the library and the expert committee,” said Charles Verge, the Greene Foundation’s longest-serving director.

A Fellow of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC), Nixon was appointed as chairman emeritus by the Greene Foundation’s board of directors this October. He’s only the second person to hold this position since the foundation was formed in 1975.

Nixon will also continue in his role as chairman of the expert committee.

He will update and streamline the committee’s processes so it can better serve its collector and dealer clients,” reads a statement issued by the Greene Foundation on Oct. 31.

“Additionally, it is planned that the expert committee will make public some of its important findings and work closely with catalogue editors to adjust catalogue listings based on the committee’s discoveries.”

A NEW EXECUTIVE

On Oct. 30, the Greene Foundation’s board of directors met to elect a new executive, whose members include:

  • Chair and President Garfield Portch, who’s a Fellow of The RPSC;
  • Vice-Chair and Vice-President Charles Verge, who’s a Fellow of The RPSC and Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL); and
  • Corporate Secretary and Treasurer Ingo Nessel, who’s also the current president of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada and a Fellow of both The RPSC and RPSL.

“The board feels that the time has come for the Greene Foundation to have a more formal structure that will allow us to better plan the long-term growth and future of the Greene Foundation,” said Portch.

This October, the board also appointed Lee Ann Stewart as recording secretary and executive assistant and reappointed Sheila Moll as chief librarian.

The Greene Foundation’s primary mandates are providing expert services, maintaining a comprehensive library and archives and publishing monographs and studies on British North American philately. It also shares the common responsibility of promoting the hobby with the rest of the philatelic community.

Looking back at Royal *2019* Royale

RPSC President’s Message

By Ed Kroft

The show in Mississauga was very successful. I Wish to extend thanks to the Bramalea Stamp Club, West Toronto Stamp Club and Canadian Stamp News for hosting Royal *2019* Royale at the Hilton Mississauga.

This year’s Royal had two special themes. It is an honour to serve as President for the 60th Anniversary of the Canadian Philatelic Association receiving its ROYAL designation from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The second theme, ‘It’s Your Royal,’ appropriately paid tribute to all members of the RPSC and the important role that everyone plays in enhancing our hobby for collectors of all ages and levels. This was one of the themes that I spoke of at the AGM on June 22, 2019. I wish to extend my thanks to Joe Trauzzi, Rod Paige, Stewart Keeley, Mike Walsh and many others, including the dealers, volunteers, speakers, the board of the RPSC, Robin Harris our editor and webmaster, the Fellows of the RPSC, and others who made this event successful and memorable.

I was pleased to see and visit with the senior Fellow of the RPSC, Michael Madesker, who attended all three days of the show and exhibited as well. Good health and best wishes Michael! We all were also able to extend best wishes and many thanks to Margaret Schulzke who was so valuable to us at the RPSC for so many years. We all wish her well in retirement! Thanks to all of you who talked to me at the show about aspects of the RPSC and who provided ideas as to how to improve things . Please keep all your ideas coming!

New Volunteer Recognition Programme- Keep the nominations coming!

At the AGM, we recognize 22 individuals from across Canada and their contributions to our hobby. Please keep your nominations coming in so we can increase the number of recognized volunteers at next years AGM in Fredericton.

RPSC Board Activities

Our most recent meeting of the Board was held on June 22, 2019 in person and by teleconference . The Board and other dedicated volunteers discussed a variety of topics, including various aspects of the strategic plan. Once approved, minutes of Board meetings are posted on the RPSC website. http://www.rpsc.org. The next Board meeting is expected to be in late September 2019.

Articles Are Needed for The Canadian Philatelist

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.

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.

Chapter Activities -What Happens at Your Meetings?

Many chapters are affiliates of the RPSC. I know that Collectors enjoy attending meetings and the camaraderie of spending time with like-minded people. In May 2018, I read a very interesting article in Linn’s magazine about stamp club activities . The following is a list of activities(with my modifications )shown in that article which you might wish to adopt, assuming these are not already on your list: sales circuit books, slide shows, auctions, breaking down collections for sales to members, bus trips to stamp shows, club newsletter, buying/selling and trading, exchanges of books, old catalogues and articles , club holiday parties, club exhibits within the club and for entry into shows, formal presentations, guest speakers, host stamp shows, local display of postal history at non-Philatelic events, dealer representative at meetings, philatelic trivia night, raffles, show and tell sessions, favourite item and recent purchases show and tell, themed meetings, and workshops on aspects of philately. Share others that I may not have listed!

Please Volunteer and Help the RPSC

In every issue, I make the same plea. We all love our hobby and dedicate as much time as we can to it in many ways. I am asking you those of you who are unaffiliated with a local club to join a club and the RPSC . To RPSC members, I appeal for your help in any way you can. Without volunteers your Society and the hobby cannot prosper .

Best Regards

Ed

Adventures in Philately

By Phil Visser

After inheriting my father’s collection, I knew the areas we had worked on to further the Dutch collection. The years following his death were busy with child rearing and so the collection rested with some limited organizing when time permitted. On my return to active stamp collecting, I also ventured into the world of eBay, with the mission to fill in the holes.

We had worked on finding perforation varieties and while many issues were already present, it was the back of the book that was particularly vacant. Through the eBay portal I purchased collection/pages of early stamps to fill in the areas of interest. It was through those purchases that “extras” came into my stockpile. One of those purchases had this particular stamp and cancel in it. I set it aside because the place name was unusual, and it was simply a nice cancel. It was several years later that cancellations became a focus of my Dutch collection. This is when a tale on how philately came into my sphere of interest.

This particular cancel is called the “small round cancel.” The cancel itself is about 21 mm in diameter and fits nicely on the stamp that it was supposed to obliterate. That last point is what makes collecting this cancel interesting. Looking at the cancelation, three elements are a part of it. First the place name, then the date and year of postal usage and finally, at the bottom is the time of day that the clerk cancelled the letter.

Studying the place names is interesting in itself, but what has complicated and expanded the total number of cancels, is that a language commission change the spelling of names, thus, while the location is the same, there can be more than one cancel from that place. For instance, the town of Doesborgh was respelled as Doesburg, or the town of Hasselt (Ov.) was later changed to simply Hasselt. That is just the city town/village names. Don’t forget RPO’s, sub post offices in larger cities like Amsterdam which had 14 of them (Amsterdam 1 etc). All told, there is over 2,400 different cancels to collect.

Through eBay, I became connected with the Netherlands Philatelist of Northern California and from there learned more about collecting these cancels as well as other types of cancels from the classical period of stamps (1860-1930). This led to collecting the cancel dates and so I added pages for each month in a calendar year. Because this period was so prolific in mailing letters, it only took three to four years to fill in the calendar. But the calendar must also consider the full year, and don’t forget February 29th. I then also started to collect the calendar on one specific stamp, Scott # 35. This calendar is about two thirds full, with no month of the year completed yet.

As mentioned above, the third element was the time of day the stamp was cancelled. This was fairly simple to gather and so I started to collect this on certain stamps as well, Scott # 23, 35 and 40. The collection of #40 is complete, #35 requires one more find, but the early one, #23 is about two thirds complete.

Naturally, there is also catalogues printed which go into the grading of cancels so that values can be assigned. The one bad thing about this is that the pages I had made to house the collection do not have room for new discoveries and the odd deletion. All told, the cancel collection is housed in four, three ring binders. Two of those binders house the “numeral cancel” collection while the other types of cancels are in the last two binders One moral of the story is that collecting stamps is never boring! Even focusing on one country, the average collector will never complete a collection, because every country has some varieties that one or very few copies exist of. Enjoy what you can from the hobby, and yes a worldwide collection is still a reasonable thing to collect.

Phil Visser is Newsletter Editor for the Owen Sound Stamp Stamp (Chapter 191 of the RPSC).

 

Kapex 2019 sees 68 frames ‘of excellent-calibre exhibits’

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.”

SHOW COVERS

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 kingfisher@nexicom.net, 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.

 

 

President’s Message — May/June Newsletter

Hello everyone. Since my report to the membership at the RPSC annual general meeting at St. Catharines in June 2018, I have been busy trying to advance the interests of the RPSC and philately both inside and outside of Canada.

I have been advocating for an inclusive Society in which members of the RPSC may volunteer to participate in activities. There have been five Board meetings at which Directors from across Canada participated in two-hour teleconferences . Preparation is required for each board meeting to facilitate efficient and productive dialogue. Regularly, directors communicate about ongoing organizational issues affecting the Society. These include discussion about benefits for members, the planning for upcoming conventions and shows, Canada Post, membership dues, The Canadian Philatelist magazine, international participation in shows by Society members, financial statement reviews, funding and branding for the Society, creating awards for members including volunteers, and other important housekeeping matters such as records retention and our valuable relationship with the VGG Foundation .

Our focus at the Board level has been to implement all or some of the principles set out in a new Vision Statement adopted by the Board last year. It has taken a lot of work and commitment from Directors and volunteers to try to bring about the changes. We are attempting to demonstrate the RPSC is willing to take a leadership role in promoting and encouraging “stamp collecting” (which includes the collection of topicals, thematics, postal history, aerophilately, and the use of postcards and other ephemera) for Canadians of all ages, genders and ethnicity and to be an inclusive not exclusive organization.

We have been working hard to partner with various philatelic organizations within and outside Canada to appeal to our audience , including the public at large , beginning collectors, specialists and the philatelic community at large. We need to make sure the public has a better idea of what stamp collecting is all about.

The RPSC now publishes a regular newsletter every four to eight weeks to keep members current of the workings in the Society. My thanks to Mike Walsh for assistance in the production and delivery of the newsletter. Chapter news and other information finds its way into the newsletter. The RPSC welcomes your contributions. So far the feedback has been positive.

The RPSC has also been discussing the offering of educational programmes to collectors to enhance the pleasure and friendliness of “stamp collecting”. We will need more volunteers and fundraising to do a better job at this. We are also considering the implementation of a mentoring programme to help collectors and exhibitors at all levels.

In 2019, we are rolling out the new volunteers recognition policy to ensure our Society signals to the philatelic community in Canada that we must acknowledge those across Canada who promote our hobby in one or more ways – whether at the local, regional or national level. In doing so, the RPSC is trying to promote and encourage volunteerism in “stamp collecting,” philatelic exhibiting and philatelic judging. At the 2019 Annual General Meeting, we will be acknowledging the efforts of over 20 individuals across Canada who are outstanding volunteers who help to keep our hobby vibrant and who help other collectors.

The RPSC also continues to represent residents of Canada in worldwide philatelic exhibitions and in worldwide philatelic organizations . The RPSC, with other outstanding organizations in Canada tries to serve as the Canadian centre of excellence for collectors, philatelic exhibitors and philatelic judges . The FIP will be holding an international judging academy at the VGG Foundation at which philatelic judges from Canada and other countries will attend. Plans for an international stamp exhibition in Canada in 2022 is at a very preliminary stage .

I am grateful to the unwavering assistance offered by my Board of Directors , Margaret Schulzke, Ted Nixon, Charles Verge, George Pepall, Rob Timberg and Garfield Portsch and to all volunteers across the country and in chapters and clubs. Thanks also to Robin Harris, editor of The Canadian Philatelist and our webmaster . All of you help to keep our Society strong. Thanks to Jim Szeplaki at Trajan for the help with The Canadian Philatelist and to Jesse Robitaille of Canadian Stamp News for coverage of the RPSC and its activities.

A special thanks to Margaret is warranted. After many years, Margaret is stepping down as the Executive Assistant of the RPSC. Her wealth of knowledge, and experience with Society matters has helped us all along the way. We will all miss her pleasant and polite manner and her never ending desire to assist. We welcome her replacement, Lee Ann Stewart, and look forward to a long working relationship with her.

In a recent edition of the newsletter and The Canadian Philatelist, I spoke of myths and truths about the RPSC. The RPSC tries to break even annually in an effort to offer benefits to its members . The RPSC wants to do more for you but it needs funding. Society dues can only pay for so much. Therefore, in the upcoming year, the RPSC or one or more of its affiliates will likely seek funding through various means, including the issuance of tax deductible receipts for charitable contributions. The RPSC would also like to apply for grant funding from various public and private organizations. We need help in this regard. We need volunteers who can assist with identifying possible funding sources and writing grant applications. Please do contact me if you can or all willing to help.

There is a lot for me to do in the role of President of the RPSC. It is an unpaid job as are directorship positions. Thanks to those of you who have or will be retiring from the Board. Many of us work full-time as well so our dedication to the RPSC is truly a labour of love for the RPSC and the hobby we enjoy so much.

I cannot emphasize enough we need your help to keep our Society strong, relevant and inclusive. Please join to help the RPSC implement its goals and to make collecting an enjoyable experience for you.

I hope to see all of you at the upcoming Royal convention in Mississauga and in Fredericton on June 19-21, 2020.

Respectfully submitted

Ed Kroft QC, RPSC,CPA (Hons.)

 

 

 

China-to-Canada cover sent to Hong Kong on the day of the Japanese Invasion: A New Discovery

By Sam Chiu

At 8 a.m. on Dec. 8, 1941, Japanese forces started the Invasion of Hong Kong with their air force bombing warships in Victoria Harbour, the planes at Kai Tak Airport and selected military installations all over the colony.

This was only hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

For many years now, I have studied and collected this topic and have put together an exhibit titled, “Detained in Hong Kong and the Ones that got away.” It primarily shows that even though the invasion started on Dec. 8, the handling of mail was blocked or delayed for up to 10 days before the invasion. It also shows what happened to some of the mail during the invasion period.

This single-frame exhibit won, on its first showing, the APS Research Award at Orapex 1999. I did not show it again for many years but re-entered it again in 2017, when it won the best single-frame honours at both the Edmonton Spring National Show and the Royal Convention in Boucherville, Que. It then qualified to be entered at the Champion-of-Champions Competition at Ameristamp Expo 2018 in Birmingham.

Already stated in the title of the exhibit, “detained covers” are the focus of the exhibit.

After the war, seven bags of mail were found, and the Hong Kong Post Office (HKPO) decided to create and to apply a boxed marking with words, “Detained in Hong Kong / By Japanese / From December 1941 to September 1945,” in three lines on all items found in these bags and were forwarded to their destination. These were the “detained covers.”

Another category of mail was where I coined the term “the U-turn covers,” about which I wrote an article published in the China Clipper in 1998. I discovered and reported there were covers that first originated from China and reached Hong Kong just before the Japanese invasion and were trapped there. After the invasion in February 1942, these covers were then sent back to Canton, China, and were not “detained.” The reason for this was Japan was selling the concept to those Asia countries they were conquering or were occupying the idea of the “Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere,” that these Asian countries were not enemies, but friends or partners in this sphere. As such, mail franked with stamps of these countries were treated as “friendly” and were released for delivery, while mail with stamps of Hong Kong and other British colonies were treated as mail from the “enemy” and these were “Detained” in Hong Kong for the rest of the war. It was said that in reality, China, in Japan’s eyes then, was regarded as “too weak” to be a full partner in this sphere.

In my exhibit, I have shown four U-turn covers, of which three were addressed to the United States. When a friend asked me to help him write-up a cover he was going to send to auction, I asked him to do me a favour and to sell it to me as I then offered him a large sum for this cover. He agreed to sell it to me. I made the offer as I do not have a U-turn cover which was addressed to Canada.

The hallmark of a U-turn cover was the return date to Canton after the cover had reached Hong Kong. The Canton receiver of Feb. 14, 1942, was very clear and on the front of the cover. Even though the cover did not have a Hong Kong receiving circular date stamp, it had three Hong Kong markings. The boxed “Not Opened by Censor”, the boxed “No service” and the boxed “Retour” markings were all applied in Hong Kong.

Only after I received the cover and examined under magnification the date of the CDS tying the stamps did it dawn on me the significance of the date: Dec. 8, 1941, was the day of the Japanese Invasion of Hong Kong. The time slot was clear; it was a “10” in Chinese, but the second word was missing, so it can also be “11” or “12” in the morning. A secondary Chungking marking use the old Chinese hours, “zud”, which was the two hours from 9 to 11 a.m. So both markings are consistent that the cover was received, and cancelled, at 11 a.m.

From what literature and references that I have found, no flight had been recorded carrying mail in and out of Hong Kong after the start of invasion that morning on Dec. 8. I asked for help from the past chairman of the Hong Kong Study Circle and Hong Kong philatelic researcher and writer, Richard Whittington, and as I expected, he solved the mystery.

Richard came to the conclusion the regular scheduled Rangoon to Chungking and then to Hong Kong China National Aviation Company’s flight was scheduled to have arrived in HK on Dec. 8 in the evening. In fact, it arrived at Kai Tak just after midnight and would have been the only flight that could have possibly carried mail on that day. Up to now, no other cover from that flight has surfaced.

So in summary, it was Dec 8, 1941, China to Canada cover, after 78 years that brought this fact to light. Even the fact the cover took another 13 more months, after it was returned to Canton, to reach its destination in March 1943 in B.C., sounded trivial.

In closing, I just like to bring out the point that in philately it is always about the people, the friendship and the comradery. It was a friend who sold me the cover and it was a friend who helped me solve the mystery. Friendship in philately at its finest.