Celebrating philatelic art with ‘Postgraphy’

In one week, a new exhibit celebrating philatelic art will open at Toronto’s First Post Office.

Dubbed “Postgraphy,” the exhibit was created by artist Linda Ward-Selbie and is part of the Contact Photography Festival, which is being held April 21-May 31.

The opening reception for Postgraphy will be held next Saturday, May 6 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at Toronto’s First Post Office on 260 Adelaide St. E. Admission to the museum and exhibit is by donation. The exhibit will be open until May 31.

Two rather important technological advances—the invention of the postage stamp as well as photography—took place within 12 months during 1839-40. As postage stamps quickly earned a reputation as vehicles of inexpensive communication, so did penny postcards, which allowed people to share messages with personal photos, tourist scenes or illustrated images.

“Today, paper communication is fading while the mind-numbing glut of photographic images saturates. Photography, a passion for adventure, cultural documentation, and philatelic art continue to inform Ward Selbie’s artistic expression,” reads the website of the Town of York Historical Society, which operates Toronto’s First Post Office.


Toronto’s First Post Office is a full-service post office as well as a museum and a National Historic Site of Canada. Located at 260 Adelaide St. E., it is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

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