Postmark collectors had their hands full finding the many cancellations available at CAPEX 22 this June.
Canada Post, one of the show’s lead sponsors (along with the Canadian Stamp Dealers Association and Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation), offered three CAPEX cancel designs plus a separate first-day postmark.
Two of the CAPEX cancels were available at Canada Post’s booth on June 10 (plus at the show’s souvenir table on June 11-12) while the third design was available each of the four days with a different date. As part of its new five-stamp issue featuring 20th-century travel posters, unveiled on June 9 during the show’s opening ceremony, Canada Post also offered a first-day postmark featuring a vintage suitcase.
The Ukrainian Philatelic & Numismatic Society and the North Toronto Stamp Club both offered club cancels featuring the show’s full date range, June 9-12. CAPEX organizers also offered an old-style handstamp for one of the show’s souvenir covers; however, it’s not an official postmark.
While Canada Post issued a set during CAPEX 22 – a tradition dating back to 1951, when the country hosted its first international stamp show – the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) decided to break with the past. The USPS issued stamps at CAPEX in 1996, 1987 and 1978 but had no presence at CAPEX 22.