130th anniversary reunion at CAPEX

The Toronto Stamp Collectors’ Club (TSCC) will celebrate its 130th anniversary this June with a reunion meeting at CAPEX 22.

The club will take over a hospitality suite at the InterContinental Toronto Centre – one of four official CAPEX hotels – on June 9, the show’s first of four days. The reunion opens at 7 p.m., and TSSC members will be invited to sign a club scroll while guests can sign a guest book to receive a show souvenir.

“In celebrating the momentous occasion of the first-ever international one-frame stamp exhibition championship coming to our town, and whereas this is our 130th year as Toronto’s premiere stamp club emeritus, and whereas a reunion event after these many weary months of lonely hibernation, only ‘Zooming,’ seemed an appropriate approach to reach out to all members – past, present and future – to join us, and therefore, just think party,” said TSSC Secretary Mike Graf.

Formed in 1892, the club has yet to meet during the pandemic; its last meeting took place in early March 2020.

“It really feels like a relief to be able to go out,” added Graf, a long-time collector, exhibitor and club official from Toronto, who has attended a handful of shows since the various pandemic restrictions were lifted this March. “I feel really happy that we’ve turned a corner – kind of, maybe, hopefully – and this is our last shot for the TSSC, which is down to a skeleton membership with a mailing list of about 20 people, most of whom are out-of-province, old-time members.”

Reunion attendees will be offered a one-year TSSC membership with a 50 per cent discount.

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