“Great” is not a term used lightly in philatelic circles, but it was something heard early and often at the recent Orapex. The 56th edition of Orapex – the Ottawa RA Centre Philatelic Exhibition – returned to Ottawa on May 6-7, and by all accounts it was a “great” weekend (aside from the sole international dealer, Bill Barrell, of London, England, who chose to employ the word “brilliant” instead). “Things have been great,” said Michael Powell, Orapex chairman, on the morning of the second day. “We’ve been thrilled. We had great crowds yesterday. You could hardly walk down there for the first couple hours, and it stayed busy throughout the day.” Powell, who will be returning as Orapex chairman for the third consecutive year in 2018, said the dealer response was likewise positive. “I think most of the dealers were pretty happy with the business that has been going on, and there was just a marvellous field of exhibits this year, too.” (See page 10 for a review of this year’s exhibition, including the full palmares.) One of the six judges, John Wilson, said “there’s a great fraternity” at Orapex. Continue reading →
In This Issue
Subscribe to 26 issues for just $45.75/year
Subscribe today to receive Canada's premier stamp publication. Canadian Stamp News is available in both paper and digital forms.
Also In This Issue
To date, four stamps have been issued as part of Canada Post’s ongoing Canada 150 program.
The Rev. George Everett Speers died on Feb. 24 in Brantford, Ont., in his 92nd year.
There was a “very strong” showing of philatelic exhibits at Orapex May 6-7, but according to Jury Chair Peter McCann, the show’s true strength is multi-faceted.