The Académie québécoise d’études philatéliques (AQEP) recently unveiled a new website at aqep.net.
The site includes more than 150 research articles – free for anyone to read – exploring traditional philately, topical philately and postal history from around the world. Many articles highlight Québec and Canada while others focus China, France and present-day Lithuania.
The site also features biographies of the club’s honorary members, including iconic stamp engraver Yves Baril, who engraved more than 140 stamps before his 1996 retirement. Present and former AQEP members are also listed along with their contributions to the Cahiers de l’Académie, which were published from 1983-2012 across 18 volumes and more than 3,400 pages.
The site also includes members’ slideshow presentations from various philatelic conferences – another treasure trove of information for collectors.
The AQEP was founded in August 1982 through the influence of Denis Masse, a journalist with La Presse, a daily Montréal newspaper founded in 1884, and a philatelic columnist for 40 years. Normand Caron, Luke de Stéphano and Jean-Charles Morin were also founding members.