Canpex opens today in London

Canpex 2017, one of Canada’s only annual national-level philatelic exhibitions, is slated to open its doors today in London, Ont.

Held at the Hellenic Community Centre on 133 Southdale Rd. W. in London, Ont., the two-day show is sanctioned by The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) and is part of the American Philatelic Society (APS) “World Series of Philately.” Today’s schedule can be found below.

The show, which is hosted by the Middlesex Stamp Club and is managed by volunteers from various clubs and organizations across Southern Ontario, will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

10 a.m. Exhibition and bourse open Hellenic Community Centre
2 p.m.-3 p.m. Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada meet and greet Front Foyer
5 p.m. Exhibition and bourse close  Hellenic Community Centre
6 p.m. Wine and cheese reception and presentation of awards (tickets required) Front Foyer


As part of the competitive exhibition, there will be 150 frames of exhibits, a full list of which can be found below or by clicking here.

1 Canada; The 1972-1977 Definitive Issue (Caricatures & Landscapes)
7 Christmas: The Birth of Jesus – Promise, Prophecy, Fulfillment
10 Basutoland – Postage Dues
11 The Great Canadian Postal Stationery Advertising Card Series
16 The Great Halifax Explosion of 1917
21 Those Irish Gerls
29 First Day Covers of the US Overrun Countries Stamps of 1943-44
31 The Squared Circle Postmarks of New Brunswick
32 UK Taxe Marks and Their Offices of Use in the Centimes Era
37 The Railway Post Office Operating on Routes Bewteen Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia
40 1934 Canada First Day Covers of the Jacques Cartier Issue
41 Canadian Pioneer Airmails
42 Development of Chinese Imperial PO 1897-99, Transformation From Customs PO
51 Expansion of the Post Office in Toronto, 1880 to 1899
52 BLOOD: A Modern Medicine
57 Postal’s – Through the Lens of Paul Yates
60 The Krieghoff “The Blacksmith Shop” Stamp
61 The Western District of Upper Canada: The Development of Postal Communications and Postal Markings, 1800-1850
66 Royal Visit to Canada 1951
71 The Canadian Fiscal War Tax Stamps of World War One
76 United Nations Postal Cards 1952-1982
81 Mail From Canada To Overseas Destinations 1937-1942
87 The Postal History of the Artifacts Definitives
91 Canadian Errors and Varieties During the Elizabethian Era
97 Squared Circle Cancels of Canada in the Admiral Period (1912-1927)
100 The Enchanted Owl Centennial of the Northwest Territories
101 Basutoland – King’s GV & GVI and 1935 Silver Jubilee
105 The Two Ring Numeral Cancels of Canada
111 Advertising Mail of St. John, N.B. Businesses, Victorian Period 1857-1903
116 Ceremonial Military Parades: The Face of Nationalism
119 Used In Basutoland – Rates and Cancels 1876-1933
121 Postage Delayed by Fire, Crash, or Accident
122 Basutoland – Queen Elizabeth II Definitive Issues 1954-1966
126 The ABC Murders
131 Organization of the Stamps of Patricia Airways and Exploration Ltd 1926-27
132 Basutoland – Lesotho
133 Basutoland – Philatelic Mail
137 Basutoland – Postal Stationery 1933-1966
141 Revenue Documents of Basutoland 1923 to 1963
143 Basutoland – King George VI Commemorative Issues
144 Basutoland – Queen Elizabeth II Commemoratives

The flight was sponsored by Carling Brewery.


In addition to the competitive exhibition, the show will feature a bourse filled with about 20 dealers from across Canada.

Canadian Stamp News and Coin & Stamp Supplies will be manning tables #1-2 at the show. A full list of dealers can be found here.


Each year, Canpex recognizes a significant event or milestone in the history of the area. In 1927, Carling Brewery sponsored a trans-Atlantic flight from London, Ont. to London, England. The plane was named the Sir John Carling, but both it and its pilots—Terence Tully and James Medcalf—disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. This year marks 90 years since the ill-fated flight.

Two covers, each franked with a specially-produced, limited-edition commemorative stamp, will be available for $5 each.

A third Canpex 2017 commemorative cover franked with one of the 10 Canada 150 stamps issued by Canada Post earlier this year, will also be available for $5.

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