Stamp panelists focus on thematic collection nuances

Stamp collectors and enthusiasts can anticipate an insightful event as the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, in collaboration with Longley Auctions, presents Stamp Panels on April 15 at 7 p.m. EDT. Three distinguished panelists will share their expertise and passion for thematic collections, promising an engaging discussion for philatelists of all levels.

One of the panelists, Norma Nielson, brings a wealth of experience as a general collector of U.S. and Canadian stamps. Nielson’s eclectic interests have earned her recognition, with awarded exhibits such as “The Story of Lloyd’s: From Coffee to Commerce” and “Postcards of the Fabergé’s Imperial Eggs.” Her contributions to philately extend beyond collecting, with active involvement in several philatelic organizations and publication credits in esteemed philatelic journals.

Joining Nielson is Laurie Anderson, whose journey into stamp collecting began just eight years ago. Initially drawn to the theme of women in sports, Anderson’s hobby has since evolved to encompass a wide range of topics. Her commitment to the philatelic community is evident through her service with various clubs and organizations, including The Evergreen Stamp Club and The Gay and Lesbian History on Stamps Club. Notably, Anderson and her spouse were recently honored by induction into the exclusive Double Geneva Club, a testament to their shared passion for exhibiting.

Rounding out the panel is Tim Aston, whose lifelong fascination with stamps traces back to childhood visits to his grandparents. Aston’s retirement provided him with the opportunity to delve deeper into his philatelic interests, culminating in his current roles as President of the Ottawa Philatelic Society and Chair of their “Topicals Study Group.” His specialized focus on “Stained Glass on Philatelic Materials” underscores his dedication to exploring unique thematic collections, spanning regions and historical periods.

With their diverse backgrounds and expertise, Nielson, Anderson, and Aston are poised to deliver an enlightening discussion on thematic collections during the upcoming Stamp Panels event. To register, visit


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