New PSSC president set to lead specialists

Long-time collector and award-winning exhibitor Bob Vogel, of Barrie, Ont., was recently elected as the new president of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada (PSSC).

He replaces past president Ingo Nessel, who served at the helm of the PSSC since December 2014.

Vogel began collecting mint and used Canadian stamps in 1964 before pivoting to the postal history of the Muskoka area by the end of that decade. After building a comprehensive collection and exhibiting at the local level, he began exploring the postal history of Kitchener, Ont. (and its earlier iteration, Berlin) in the mid-1990s, focusing on the city’s machine cancels, which he later exhibited at the national level. In 2016, Vogel’s “Berlin to Kitchener” exhibit was also shown in the court of honour at that year’s Royal Philatelic Society of Canada Convention in Waterloo, Ont.

Some of his other collections include Second World War patriotic meter slogans, 1932 sepia view cards, Canadian Christmas seals, postal stationery relating to Christmas seals and Canadian first-day covers.

In recent years, Vogel has authored Arthur Klass’ Christmas Seal Ads on Canadian Post Cards and The Caneco Connection – A Study of the First Day Covers of the Canada Envelope Company, both published by BNAPS.

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A full story detailing the PSSC’s new president will be featured in the next issue of CSN (Vol. 44 #22).

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