Inaugural PHSC Symposium closes today in Hamilton

Today is the final day of the inaugural Postal History Society of Canada (PHSC) Symposium.

At 8:30 a.m., the PHSC will hold its annual general meeting.

Later today, at 10:30 a.m., Ed Kroft will give a talk on Canada-Palestine postal history from 1890-1948. His presentation will review the postal relations between Canada and various postal authorities operating in the Holy Land before Dec. 31, 1948. Specifically, Kroft will examine rates, routes and markings pertaining to mail travelling between Canada and the Holy Land. Examples of various types of Canadian and foreign mail will also be shown.

The show features a national-level postal history exhibition as well as a bourse with 15 dealers. Both the exhibition and bourse will be open today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The bourse includes:

  • Hugo Deshaye (Philatelist) Inc.;
  • Coates & Coates Philatelist;
  • Canada Stamp Finder;
  • Eastern Auctions;
  • Canadian Stamps;
  • Peter Piszco;
  • Trajan Media, publisher of CSN and CCN;
  • Chris Green Stamps;
  • Brian Wolfenden;
  • Taylor Stamps;
  • Tom Watkins;
  • Roy’s Stamps; and
  • Longley Auctions.

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Yesterday at the symposium, a break-out meeting was hosted by Toronto Stamp Collectors’ Club (TSCC) Secretary Mike Graf in regards to reviving an annual banquet hosted by three clubs until 1958.

The TSCC is planning a revival of the long-defunct “T. B. & H. Banquet” in honour of its 125th anniversary. Yesterday’s meeting, which included members from the Toronto-, Hamilton- and Buffalo-based clubs, discussed the possibilities of “rekindling this association.”

More details will be available soon.

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