Orapex opens today in nation’s capital

The 57th edition of Orapex—the Ottawa RA Centre Philatelic Exhibition—will return to Ottawa today for the beginning of the two-day bourse and exhibition.

Organized by volunteers from the RA Stamp Club; the Amicale des philatélistes de l’Outaouais; and the Ottawa Philatelic Society, among others, Orapex is held at the RA Centre on 2451 Riverside Dr. This year’s show will recognize the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended the Great War, with the theme of the military. The show also features a bourse with about 40 philatelic dealers from across the country. Be sure to visit Canadian Stamp News as well as Coin and Stamp Supplies at tables 38 and 39 on the bourse, which will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow. Admission and parking are both free.

“We are hoping to see a number of military exhibits, including postal history, postcards and thematics,” said Orapex chair Michael Powell, who added this year’s honouree is Mike Street, co-ordinator of the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) book department and long-time philatelist.


In addition to a 40-dealer bourse, Orapex also boasts a highly acclaimed national-level competitive exhibition.

The show has been a part of the American Philatelic Society (APS) World Series of Philately since 2010, when Canadian national-level shows were first granted approval. The winner of the multi-frame Grand Award at this year’s Orapex will be invited to exhibit at the APS StampShow this Aug. 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio. The winner of the single-frame Grand Award will be invited to the APS AmeriStamp Expo, scheduled for March 15-17, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona.

The panel of judges for this year’s Orapex includes:

  • Chief Judge and Chair of Jury Charles Verge, of Toronto Ont.;
  • Ed Kroft, of Vancouver, B.C.;
  • Rob Lunn, of Nasonworth, N.B.;
  • Dick Malott, of Ottawa, Ont.;
  • Jane Sodero, of Dothan, Alabama; and
  • apprentice judge David McLaughlin, of Pickering, Ont.
1 Welcome to Orapex 2018 Filler
2-9 In Defence of the Border: Canadian Military Mails 1629-1895 Court of Honour
10 Canadian Military Hospitals at Sea Court of Honour
11-13 13th Canadian Jamboree CJ17 Non-competitive
14 Sewell Camp One frame
15 Eyes on Stamps: More than Meets the Eye One frame
16-20 Vended Postage Automation Traditional
21-28 The Great War Internment Camps of Canada Display
29-38 Camp Borden 1916-2016 Postal history
39-43 RAF Ferry Command (Dorval): Military Mail to and from Global War Fronts Postal history
44-48 The Returned Letter Offices of the United Kingdom – The Exclusively Metropolitan Office Era: 1811-1873 Postal history
49-58 The Development of Airmail within Canada by Pioneer Flights with Cachets or Labels, and by Semi-Official Air Post, 1918-1934 Aerophilately
59-68 The Use of the Pitney-Bowes Model H Postal Meter in Canada (1929-1957) Traditional
69-73 Beavers: Nature’s Engineers Display
74-78 Gold Coast Traditional
79-86 Give Wings to Your Mail Aerophilately
87-88 The Fighting Newfoundlander Thematic
89-96 St.Pierre et Miquelon, Le Type Groupe 1892-1908 Traditional
97-101 World War 1 – Messages Home in Silk Picture postcards
102-103 The Victoria Cross Thematic
104 Correspondance de Guerre d’Emile Martin (1914-1916) Traditional
105-109 WW1 Canadian Army Nursing Sisters Serving Overseas Display
110-117 The French Revolution, From the Ancient Regime to the End of the First Republic Experimental
118 Diamond Marks – Great Britain One frame
119-121 Censorship and Much More France 1939-1945 Postal history
122-129 Canadian Government Postal History & Postmarks (1841-1939) Postal history
130-133 Face to Face – The Story of Masks on Stamps and Covers Topical
134 Canadian Merchant Navy July 1943 – Sept 1945 One frame
135-142 Hong Kong Wartime Airmail September 1939 to December 1941 Aerophilately
143 Gregory Prosser, Engraver – Legitimate and Illegitimate Legacy One frame
144-148 The Semi-Official Proofs, Stamps & Covers of Commercial Airways Aerophilately
149 Canada – 1985 – 50c Parliament Booklet Usages One frame
150-153 Military Toronto 1812-1946 Postal history
154 Wildlife Conservation Stamps One frame
155-162 Salesman Display
163 Welcome to Orapex 2018 Filler
164-166 Civil and Military Censorship of India-Canada Mail: 1939-45 Postal history
167-174 WWII Postal Protocol: Mail Violations and Advisements Postal history
175 RA Stamp Club frame Non-competitive
176 Ottawa Philatelic Society frame Non-competitive


9:30 a.m. Society tables open
Oxfam auction booth open
Chartwell Lounge
10 a.m. Bourse opens Curling rink
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. BNAPS Christmas Study Group meeting
“Christmas in May”presentations on various British North America Christmas topics
Courtside A
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. l’Académie québécoise d’études philatéliques presentation
Jean-Charles Morin presents “Les mésaventures d’un mésaventurier”
Courtside B
2 p.m.-3 p.m. BNAPS Military Mail Study Group meeting
Mike Street presents “Correspondence Home from an Ancaster Doctor in Belgium and France during World War I”
Courtside A
3 p.m.-4 p.m. BNAPS St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group meeting
Cimon Morin presents “Mail Transportation in Quebec, 1763-1851: Postal Routes and Mail Contracts”
Courtside B
4 p.m.-5 p.m Earle Covert presents “The Ongoing Evolution of Canada’s Illustrated Permit Mail” Courtside A
6 p.m. Bourse closes Curling rink
6:30 p.m. Awards reception
$15 tickets available at welcome desk
Chartwell Lounge

For more information, visit orapex.ca.

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