March RPSC webinars focus on eclipse, social philately

Eclipse philately and social philately are the topics of the Royal Canadian Philatelic Society’s webinars for March.

Author, researcher, and longtime philatelist David Foot spoke on eclipse philately as part of Stamp Talks on March 11. “On April 8, 2024, there will be a total eclipse of the sun potentially visible (clouds permitting) from Niagara Falls to Bonavista,” states the description on the presentation. “Total solar eclipses occur when the moon completely blocks the sun, resulting in a moving shadow on the Earth. They occur approximately twice every three years, although often in hard-to-reach locations. A solar eclipse collection embraces the world, and all eras, and can include stamps and postal history, as well as commemorative and first-day covers.”

To register for the March 11 Stamp Talks, click here.

As part of its 2024 stamp lineup, Canada Post will release its first stamp featuring a total solar eclipse. The new stamp is expected to be issued close to the historic eclipse on April 8.

Social philately is the focus of the next Stamp Panel on March 18. The panellists include Elizabeth Sodero and Robert Stock. Sodero is a member of the Nova Scotia Stamp Club and several other philatelic organizations. She began collecting as a child in Sydney, N.S., and was a member of Doug and Mary Patrick’s CBC Stamp Club. Her interest in social philately began in Glasgow in 2000. Sodero has served on the RPSC’s board of directors and was named a fellow in 2003. She exhibits locally, regionally and internationally.

Stock is the president of the Postal History Society of Canada. He grew up on a farm located between Woodstock and Stratford, Ont., and developed a keen interest in both the local history and postal history of Oxford County. Stock’s Oxford County collection has enabled him to combine those interests through a social postal history lens.

To register for the March 18 Stamp Panels, click here.

Longley Auctions sponsors Stamp Talks and Stamp Panels. To register and view a complete 2024 talks and panels list, visit the RPSC’s website,

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