For the second year in a row, Ken Snelson has won the Grand Award at the virtual exhibition hosted by his local North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC).
His single-frame exhibit on the returned letter wrappers of the Penny Post and Two-Penny Post in London, England, was also named the best single-frame exhibit and the best postal history exhibit. It covered the wrappers’ lifespan from 1797-1832.
A collector since his childhood, Snelson has more recently specialized in material related to the U.K. dead letter office (also known as the returned letter office), which he has exhibited at the national level. In 2018, he also authored The Returned Letter Offices of Great Britain to 1912 and Beyond. At the 2021 virtual NTSC exhibition, his exhibit on the sealing labels of U.K. returned letter offices and branches won the Grand Award plus the best multi-frame and postal history honours.
Exhibiting with the NTSC since about 1990, Snelson has “always enjoyed showing my collection to other collectors,” he told CSN in 2019. He also belongs to the British Postmark Society, the Postage Due Mail Study Group and the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada, the latter of which he serves as secretary.
To view the palmares for the NTSC’s third annual virtual exhibition, click here.