Joint RPSC, APS journals a first for both societies

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) and American Philatelic Society (APS) have published the first joint issue of their journals with a theme close to the heart of both nations—ice hockey.

The May-June issue of the RPSC’s Canadian Philatelist and the May issue of the APS’ American Philatelist were released to both societies’ members earlier this month. Both journals feature articles from a combination of RPSC and APS members on an array of hockey-themed topics, including “Ice Hockey: A Multifaceted Collectible,” written by Toronto’s Charles Verge, a member of both national societies and a soon-to-be signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. It will appear in both journals.

“Two of the most powerful shared experiences between the United States and Canada are hockey and stamp collecting,” said APS Executive Director Scott English.

The two journals (American Philatelist shown) are available to both societies’ members.


Both countries’ postal services recognized the bilateral hockey connection with a 2017 joint issue, “The History of Hockey,” which was “the perfect depiction of the connections and shared experiences of our two countries,” according to RPSC President Ed Kroft.

“And now, the publication of articles on ice hockey in The Canadian Philatelist and The American Philatelist serves as another example of cross-border collaboration.”

Founded in 1950, The Canadian Philatelist is published bimonthly. Each issue contains philatelic articles; society business, reports and news; general philatelic news; and auction and events calendars.

The American Philatelist, the world’s oldest continuously published philatelic journal whose first issue appeared in January 1887, comes out each month.

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