British Empire Study Group hosts “The Early History of the Toronto Post Office and CAPEX” with Garfield Portch tonight

The British Empire Study Group is hosting “The Early History of the Toronto Post Office and CAPEX” with Garfield Portch tonight – 6:00 PM – 07:00 PM (ET – NY) via zoom.

The event is followed by an open social hour and is a free webinar open to anyone who would like to attend.


Toronto, Canada, home of the Canadian Association of Philatelic Expositions (CAPEX); a city with an independent streak steeped in history. Prior to 1881, all postal service in Toronto was conducted through a single post office. The physical limits of the City were expanding and the population was rapidly increasing. Explore how the postal system in Toronto evolved to try to adapt to changes in demand. This is the beginning of a long story that will continue in August.

Garfield Portch


Garfield Portch’s philatelic interests began with his collection of Canadian postage stamps in the 1970s. By 2000, the collection had become increasingly serious and developed into an interest in research and exhibiting postal history with a focus on Toronto history.

In 2008 Garfield was invited to join the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada and was recruited to volunteer at the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation where he is now President and Chairman of the Board of Directors and serves on the Expert Committee. Additionally, Portch is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, Emeritus member of the British North America Philatelic Society, and member of the Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain, The American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, the Institute for Analytic Philately and the West Toronto Stamp Club.

This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Membership in the British Empire Study Group is free but never required. For more information visit

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