Garfield Portch to present ‘Toronto and its Post Office Part II 1880 and Beyond’

Toronto philatelist Garfield Portch will present “Toronto and its Post Office Part II 1880 and Beyond” today at 6 p.m. (ET).

Portch’s presentation – available via a webinar – begins in 1880, when Toronto only had one post office and the population was growing exponentially. To service the demand, three new “branch” offices opened a year later. Still, these offices could not meet demand, so between 1885 and 1897, 24 new offices were created and named after the street on which they stood.

Examples of interesting postings from these offices will be presented. Portch will close with a fascinating discussion of “the post office that didn’t exist.”


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, an Emeritus member of the British North America Philatelic Society, and a 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.

For more information on today’s free webinar, visit

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