Six Stamp Chat episodes led by Canadian philatelists have been nominated in the 2021 American Philatelic Society (APS) Chatty Awards. Among the 20 nominees, Irv Osterer, of Ottawa, and Ed Kroft, of Vancouver, received multiple nominations while Gregg Redner, of London, Ont., earned one nomination.
Osterer, a retired art teacher and graphic designer, was nominated for “DIY Valentines, Cool Cancellations, Sweetheart Stamps & More” in the Creative Philately category; “Judaism on Ice – A Philatelic Perspective” in Cultural Philately; and “The Synagogue & the Stamp” in Destination Philately.
Kroft, who’s also the president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, received a pair of nominations for “The Doar Ivri First Stamps of Israel: Postal & Commercial Usages of the Three High-Value Doar Ivri Stamps” in Cultural Philately and “Some Uncommon Destinations for Mail Sent from Palestine: December 1917-May 1948” in Philatelic Storytelling.
Redner was nominated in the Destination Philately category for “The Philately of the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.”
Voting for the 2021 Chatty Awards opens on Feb. 14. The votes will be tallied on March 8 and the winners announced during a livestreamed YouTube broadcast on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. (ET). Since March 2020, the APS has hosted more than 115 virtual Stamp Chat episodes.