Uncovering names on CAPEX 78 memento

Researcher Ken Pugh, the Vernon, B.C.-based author of a 40-book series on the fakes and forgeries of British North America (BNA) and Canada, has a CAPEX-related request.

Pugh wrote CSN about his CAPEX 78 “memento,” which was signed by dozens of worldwide philatelists at that international philatelic exhibition – Canada’s second – in Toronto.

“Last CAPEX 78, I had the opportunity to meet many prominent philatelists of the day regarding their assistance in helping me write my fakes and forgeries manual. All those I contacted at CAPEX were only too glad to help out, and they took my research project to another level.”

At the show, Pugh asked them to sign a postcard franked with the 14-cent stamp-on-stamp CAPEX 78 commemorative and tied by a special CAPEX 78 cancel. While he can make out some of the names, “many are a mystery to me,” he told CSN.

“May I ask your readers to help out identifying any I have not identified?”

His alphabetical list includes John Arn, Bob Brandenbury, Colin Campbell, Beverly and Stuart Clark,  Al Cook, Charles de Volpi, Vincent Greene, David Gronbeck-Jones, Cyril Harmer, Horace Harrison, Bob Lee, Michael Madesker, R.B. Mitchell, Rosemary and Sam Nickle, Nels Pelletier, Jim Pike, Bob Pratt, Ed Richardson, Gray Scrimgeour, Fred Stulberg, Harry Sutherland, George Wegg and Peter Wiederman.

Pugh also believes the Chinese characters near the top-left corner of the card might have been written by Stan Lum.

“Many of these fine people made significant contributions of their own to BNA philatelic literature, and I am so grateful for the kind assistance they gave this young writer. It illustrates what a benefit gatherings of like-minded people such as CAPEX is for all of us,” said Pugh, who added he’s “looking forward to meeting everyone at CAPEX 22.”

If you can make out any additional names, contact Pugh at kpugh@shaw.ca.

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