Orapex opens tomorrow in Ottawa

The 56th edition of Orapex—the Ottawa RA Centre Philatelic Exhibition—opens today in the nation’s capital.

The two-day show is being held May 6-7 at the RA Centre on 2451 Riverside Dr. in Ottawa, Ont. This year’s show theme is “Ships and Ship Mail – Building a Nation.” Admission and parking are free. The show’s bourse boasts about 40 dealers as well as nearly 150 frames of competitive exhibits. The weekend itinerary is also filled with society meetings, seminars and study groups.

For a full listing of dealers, click here. You can visit CSN this weekend for copies of the magazine as well as a range of philatelic supplies at Table Nos. 38-39.

10 a.m. Show opens Curling rink
11 a.m.-noon BNAPS Christmas Study Group meeting (group discussion about Santa letters and Canada Post executive staff Christmas cards) Courtside A
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Canadian Aerophilatelic Society meeting Courtside B
3 p.m.-4 p.m. BNAPS St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group meeting (presentation titled “The Colonization Roads of Eastern Ontario”) Courtside A
4 p.m.-5 p.m. Presentation by Earle Covert titled “The Beginnings and evolution of Canada’s Illustrated Permit Mail” Courtside B
6 p.m. Show closes
6:30 p.m. Awards reception (tickets $15) Confederation Lounge
8 a.m.-10 a.m. Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada members’ breakfast meeting Outaouais Room
10 a.m. Show opens Curling rink
10 a.m.-noon Judges’ feedback Session Courtside A
Noon-1:30 p.m. RPSC exhibiting/judging seminar Courtside A
1 p.m.-2 p.m. BNAPS Squared Circles Study Group meeting hosted by Bruce Kalbfleisch Courtside B
2 p.m.-3 p.m. American Topical Association meeting Courtside A
3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Meet the exhibitors at their exhibits Curling rink
4 p.m. Show closes

Each year, Orapex is organized by volunteers from the RA Stamp Club, the Amicale des philatélistes de l’Outaouais and the Ottawa Philatelic Society. Its exhibition is also part of the American Philatelic Society’s (APS) World Series of Philately since the APS granted approval to Canadian national-level shows in 2010.

“The World Series of Philately is an agreement The RPSC has with the APS where—just like other World Series shows in the U.S.—the person who receives the Grand Award wins the chance to enter their exhibit in the World Series of Philately show hosted by the APS every summer in August,” explained John Sheffield, a former director with the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association.


1-8 Eight Steamship Mail in the Early Decimal Period of Newfoundland 1865-1910 Court of Honour
9-12 Four 22nd World Scout Jamboree at Rinkabi, Sweden July 27-Aug. 6 2011 Display
13 One Detained in Hong Kong, and the Ones That Got Away One Frame
14-19 Six France, its Colonies and Dependencies 1939-1945 Postal History
20-24 Five Early West Coast Steamship Mail Court of Honour
25 One Canada One Dollar Fisheries Issue One Frame
26-35 10 Canadian Dead Letter Office Handstamps Postal History
36 One A Frontenac Colonization Road – A Postal history One Frame
37-39 Three Franco – Prussian War and Aftermath: 1870-72 Display
40-48 Nine Wei Hai Wei, China, 1896-1949 Postal History
49 One Epic of Vimy – A Canadian Pilgrimage One Frame
50-54 Five The French Revolution from the Ancient Regime to the End of the First Republic Postal History
55-59 Five From the Province of Canada to the Dominion of Canada, a Special Study of Confederation Experimental
60 One Liberia: 19th Century Postal Stationary One Frame
61-62 Two The 1939 Royal Train Post Office Postal History
63-67 Five Royal Visit to Canada 1951 Display
68-72 Five The Semi-Official Airmail Stamps and Covers of Commercial Airways Ltd. 1928-31 Aerophilately
73-80 Eight The Introduction of the MIDGET Postage Meter and its Use in North America Postal History
81-83 Three Postals – Through the Lens of Paul Yates Picture Postcards
84 One A History of Canada’s Airmail Stamps, 1928-1939 One Frame
85 One St. Pierre et Miquelon, Le 20F Montagne et Arbres de 1947 One Frame
86-90 Five Canada/USA Steamship Mail to and from British India: 1878-1914 Postal History
91-95 Five Voiliers d’hier et d’aujourd’hui Display
96 One The Steamboat Mail of Quebec City One Frame
97 One Nauru Ship Series 1924-1954 (Definitives) One Frame
98-102 Five The Ship Mail of Quebec City (1763-1914) Postal History
103-107 Five Fiume, Arbe and Veglia, the Legionnaires Issues Traditional philately
108 One Varieties are the Spice of Stamp Collecting One Frame
109-111 Three Signed, Sealed and Delivered! The Post Office Seals of the United States 1877-1970 Traditional philately
112-117 Six Canada’s Dead Letter Office and Branches 1843-1953 Postal History
118-120 Three A Trans-Atlantic Correspondence During the Golden Age of Steamships Postal History
121-128 Eight The Way Mails of New Brunswick Postal History
129-133 Five Religious Groups Using Illustrated Permits Traditional philately
134 One Cello-Paqs 1961-1967 One Frame
135-139 Five James Cook, Explorer, Navigator, Chartographer Regional
140 One Flaws in Machin Se-Tenant Panes from Folding Booklets Regional
141 One The Vancouver Winter Olympics – 2010 Regional
142-144 Three Canada 1952-57 Wildlife Series Youth
145 One Club Frame RA Non-competitive
146 One Club Frame OPS Non-competitive

This year’s panel of judges includes Chief Judge and Chair of the Jury Peter McCann, of University Park, Fla.; Stéphane Cloutier, of Ottawa; Ed Kroft, of Vancouver, B.C.; David Piercey, of Edmonton, Alta.; John Wilson, of Toronto; and apprentice judge Robert Pinet, also of Toronto.

The Grand Award is donated by Sparks Auctions while the Reserve Grand Award is donated by Ian Kimmerly Stamps and the One-Frame Grand Award is donated by Chris Green Stamps.

For more information, visit orapex.ca.

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