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.

Royal *2019* Royale great time to include Canada’s philatelic library

The Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library at the Vincent Graves Philatelic Research Foundation extends an invitation to all attendees of ROYAL *2019* ROYALE to spend a day with us!

The Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library  at the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation aims to support the work of the Greene Foundation and philately in Canada by:

  • providing a comprehensive collection of items relating to British North American and Canadian philately;
  • providing an up-to-date collection of items relating to expertizing, frauds and forgeries;
  • supporting the basic needs of the Canadian philatelic community with definitive works on important collecting areas and the most recent general catalogues.

The HSPL is noted for:

  • the best B.N.A. reference collection in the world
  • a significant collection of early Canadian philatelic journals in OCR searchable format
  • a comprehensive collection of Canadian auction catalogues*
  • historical runs of selected auction catalogues
  • research collections from important Canadian philatelists
  • historical collection of prospectus for International and Canadian stamp exhibitions

Our reference librarian, Kathy Hartley says: “Let me give you some more examples why you might want to visit our library: Be welcomed. Feel at ease. Share what you know. Hear what others have to say. Exchange information, or items. Make plans. Make bigger plans. Discuss. Collaborate. Browse the latest magazines or journals. Know what book you require and pull it off the shelf. Take it home. Ask for help. Question. Watch excitement happened. Be part of an incredible thing.”

So while attending the popular Royal *2019* Royale, take time to  spend a day with us! Book a day ahead of or following the convention and use the GO bus, with the stop conveniently located directly across the street from the hotel, to travel in to Toronto. From its terminus at either the Union or York Mills subway station, we’re just a few stops away at Summerhill.

Contact library@greenefoundation.ca for more info. We are looking forward to your visit!!!

President’s Message — April 2019

Hello everyone. Now that the weather is improving I hope you will have time to get to your local club meeting or a stamp show. I have enjoyed shows in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver in the last few weeks . It is always enjoyable to see friends and the materials brought by the dealers who patronize these events.

 

Royal 2019 Royale -June 21-23, 2019-Mississauga, Ontario

 

The Bramalea Stamp Club, West Toronto Stamp Club and Canadian Stamp News are pleased to host The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada Royal *2019* Royale June 21-23, 2019 at the Hilton Mississauga, located at 6750 Mississauga Road in Mississsauga, Ontario. This year’s Royal has two special themes — this marks 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,’ pays tribute to all members and the important role each one plays in enhancing our hobby for collectors of all ages and levels.

 

The three-day national exhibition and show is expected to draw more than 200 exhibition frames plus more than 25 professional dealers from Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain. Entry forms for the exhibiting must be received by May 1, 2019.

 

The three organizations have established a volunteer organizing committee with Joe Trauzzi, of the Bramalea Stamp Club, as chairman. Joe’s spouse, Wendi Trauzzi, is co-ordinating all of the special events including a special bus trip to the iconic Village of St. Jacobs and the popular St. Jacobs Farmers Market. Mike Walsh, of CSN, is overseeing the bourse and  marketing while Rodney Paige is the exhibits chair and Bob Thorne is organizing the mammoth task of setting up the frames. Garfield Portch, of the West Toronto Stamp Club, is in charge of show program while Lawrence Pinkney, also of West Toronto Stamp Club, is treasurer. Jesse Robitaille, of CSN, is assisting with social media. Stuart Keeley is serving as The RPSC’s representative.

 

Anyone wishing to volunteer in any capacity can email Chair Joe Trauzzi at jtrauzzi@yahoo.ca.

 

Joint Ventures With Other Philatelic Organizations

 

The RPSC is making efforts to joint venture with various philatelic organizations to better serve RPSC members, to promote other philatelic organizations and to expand the RPSC membership base. These organizations include the Vincent Greene Foundation, the American Philatelic Society and the Philatelic Specialist Society of Canada. I will highlight joint efforts from time to time in The Canadian Philatelist and in the RPSC Newsletter. I will also mention the efforts of other philatelic organizations as we must all try to cooperate and work together to keep the hobby strong. Some of us judge at exhibitions in the United States and abroad and try to promote Canadian based philately and its organizations to the many people we meet.

 

Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library at the Vincent Greene Foundation

 

If you are visiting or live in Toronto, may I suggest that you visit the Vincent Greene Foundation Philatelic Foundation at 10 Summerhill .The Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library at the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation aims to support the work of the Greene Foundation and philately in Canada by:

 

  • providing a comprehensive collection of items relating to British North American and Canadian philately;
  • providing an up-to-date collection of items relating to expertizing, frauds and forgeries;
  • supporting the basic needs of the Canadian philatelic community with definitive works on important collecting areas and the most recent general catalogues.

Lending policy: The HSPL does not provide an interlibrary loan service. Some material is available for circulation within Canada to members of philatelic groups. Arrangements for photocopying or scanning of items might be possible.

 

Hours: Monday through Thursday, and one Saturday a month.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fourth Wednesday of the month 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

and by appointment.

 

E-mail

library@greenefoundation.ca

Phone number

416 921-2073

 

Library staff:

 

Sheila Moll – Head Librarian

Kathy Hartley – Reference Librarian

Willow Moonbeam – Library Cataloguer

 

I have always found the library staff so very helpful and the philatelic collection to be the best in Canada.

 

 

New Volunteer Recognition Programme  — Keep the nominations coming!

 

In each edition of the RPSC newsletter , I mention 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 have finally started to receive nominations from you our members and our affiliates!!! Keep them coming! We expect to announce the names of the nominees to date shortly.

 

RPSC Board Activities

 

Our most recent meeting of the Board was held on April 7, 2019 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 May 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.

 

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 at the email address below or Mike Walsh –mwalsh@vaxxine.com

 

In each edition of the newsletter, you will likely see articles from local chapters/ clubs discussing their activities. I will continue to urge all local chapters to let the RPSC newsletter help advertise club 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 that 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!! We are also interested in printing articles that have already appeared in the newsletters of local clubs.

 

Orapex 2019 May 4-5 2019

 

ORAPEX is the Ottawa RA Centre Philatelic EXhibition. 2019 will mark the 58th edition of this show, which is managed by volunteers drawn from the RA Stamp Club, the Amicale des philatélistes de l’Outaouais, the Ottawa Philatelic Society and related philatelic societies and organizations. ORAPEX is one of only a few national-level stamp shows held annually in Canada and is part of the American Philatelic Society’s “World Series of Philately.”

 

RA Centre

2451 Riverside Dr.

Ottawa, Ontario

Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4

Free admission and parking.

 

Each year, ORAPEX has a theme. For the 2019 show, the theme will be Elizabethan Era Philately. ORAPEX boasts about 40 stamp dealers in its bourse and runs an impressive series of society meetings, seminars and study groups. Bring your children to the Youth Booth to get them started on collecting! The show’s awards reception is a highlight of the weekend and a great chance for everyone to socialize after the exhibits have been judged. (Awards Reception tickets will be available at the Welcome Booth at the show.)

 

Postal History Society of Canada-July 18-21-Sheraton Hotel Hamilton

 

The PHSC Symposium is back for its third great year. If you were there for PHSC Symposium 2017 or 2018, you enjoyed many great postal historical events and camaraderie. One of our main goals in creating the Symposium is to foster new postal history research and to increase collaboration amongst our members. Once again, PHSC Symposium 2019 will give you a chance to interact and learn from experts and each other. The event will span four full days, from Thursday July 18 to Sunday July 21. Centered in Hamilton, Ontario, attendees will visit several different sites of historical interest in Hamilton and the greater Toronto and Niagara areas at which invited members will speak about a variety of postal history topics. There will also be a National-level postal history exhibition as well as a bourse with fifteen or more dealers concentrating on postal history.

 

 

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

 

 

Edwin G. Kroft, Q.C.