“Great” is not a term used lightly in philatelic circles, but it was something heard early and often at the recent Orapex. The 56th edition of Orapex – the Ottawa RA Centre Philatelic Exhibition – returned to Ottawa on May 6-7, and by all accounts it was a “great” weekend (aside from the sole international dealer, Bill Barrell, of London, England, who chose to employ the word “brilliant” instead). “Things have been great,” said Michael Powell, Orapex chairman, on the morning of the second day. “We’ve been thrilled. We had great crowds yesterday. You could hardly walk down there for the first couple hours, and it stayed busy throughout the day.” Powell, who will be returning as Orapex chairman for the third consecutive year in 2018, said the dealer response was likewise positive. “I think most of the dealers were pretty happy with the business that has been going on, and there was just a marvellous field of exhibits this year, too.” (See page 10 for a review of this year’s exhibition, including the full palmares.) One of the six judges, John Wilson, said “there’s a great fraternity” at Orapex. Continue reading →
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