Stamp clubs offer rewarding benefits

Stamp clubs like the West Toronto Stamp Club have been providing Canadian collectors with knowledge and friendship since the early 1900s.

If you’re serious about stamps, then joining a club will allow you to get the most out of your hobby. Since 1840, when the first public postage stamps were issued in Great Britain, people around the world have been collecting stamps. The Penny Black – recognized as the world’s first public postage stamp – was printed more than 68 million times and is still readily available on the market. Soon after the Penny Black’s initial issue and with thousands of new collectors scattered across Europe and North America, the first stamp dealers began the search for new material. Continue reading →

Collecting postcards provides great insight on nation’s history

This patriotic postcard contains a pre-written nationalistic poem.

By Jesse Robitaille It all started in 1977, when 10 postcard-collecting enthusiasts established the Toronto Postcard Club (TPC). The club meets monthly in North York, where for almost 40 years its significant influence and contribution has helped Canadian deltiology progress to where it is today. Made up of nearly 300 dedicated members from the world over, the TPC serves the collecting interests of many deltiologists. And those interests are varied, said TPC President George Sachs, adding that collectors can enjoy both the front and back sides of cards, ranging from topics like geographic areas to industries or animals. Most importantly, Sachs said, postcards provide an invaluable look into the history of the nation. Continue reading →

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