Newfoundland Specialized Stamp Catalogue publisher coming to Toronto

Mark your calendars: Toronto-area philatelists will be welcoming another special guest, Newfoundland’s John M. Walsh, this November.

Walsh, owner of Walsh’s Philatelic Service in St. John’s, Nfld., and publisher of the Newfoundland Specialized Stamp Catalogue and British North America Specialized Stamp Catalogue, has been selling and appraising Newfoundland stamps for more than 40 years. In 2011, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

Walsh will leave “The Rock” for Toronto next month, when he visits the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library at the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation on Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. He will also be the guest speaker at the annual banquet of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada the following evening.


In 1998, Walsh and Newfoundland Specialized Stamp Catalogue co-publisher John Butt received the Robert Pratt Award, which recognizes articles or other publications related to the philately of Newfoundland with significant academic merit. They were recognized for their catalogue, which was first published a decade earlier, in 1988.

In 2000, Butt, a good friend of Walsh, died in a tragic accident in St. John’s; however, the famed catalogue still bears his name.

More recently, in 2015, Walsh and fellow philatelist David Piercey, of Edmonton, won the 2015 Robert Pratt Award, which recognizes articles or other publications related to the philately of Newfoundland with significant academic merit.

Walsh wrote “1897 Newfoundland Red Overprint Surcharge part II” in the March/April 2015 edition of The Canadian Philatelist (TCP); “The Discoveries Abound in Newfoundland” in the May/June 2015 edition of TCP; “Adventures of the Newfoundland 1898 Queen Victoria First Revenue Issue Document” in the July/August 2015 edition of TCP; and “Newfoundland 1929 Provisional Surcharge Three Cent on 6¢ Issue of 1923” in the November/December 2015 edition of TCP.

He also won a Pratt Award in 2013, when he was recognized for his article “Newfoundland Inverted Halifax Airmails with Mirror Image Offsets” in the September/October edition of TCP; as well as in 2000, when he was recognized for “outstanding articles published the 1999 and 2000 issues of B.N.A. Topics.”

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