Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada

A Society of students of philately specializing in a large spectrum of subjects.

President’s Message May 2023

ORAPEX 2023 has come and gone for this year and our members continue to dominate in the awards. My congratulations to all those who participated with their outstanding exhibits. The organizers of the event must be commended for their continuing efforts to improve this show. I am sure there were hiccups, but they were not evident to the casual observer.

Plans are under way for our 70th Anniversary next year. These plans will include a Celebration banquet, a souvenir cover and booklet and planned events at all National Shows in 2024. Details will be announced as they are finalized. As these events will take many volunteers, please step up we need your time and ideas.

I would be remiss in not congratulating Chris Hargreaves on his excellent presentation on The New Canadian Air Mail Catalogue which he edited. Chris explained in simple terms the changes made that even a non-philatelist could understand. For his publication and presentation Chris was awarded The Herbert Dubé Lectureship award. This is the highest award the Society can bestow on a member.



Who we are

About us

  • Forum for serious philatelic study founded in 1954
  • Publisher of several spcialized studies and annual Journal compiled by members
  • Launched predecessor to the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library
  • Prizes awarded at national exhibitions
  • Membership by invitation
  • Members are advanced collectors, authors, exhibitors and philatelic judges
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Member Specialties

Below is only a small selection of our members' specialties. Visit the link below to browse more.

Aerophilately, Australia, China, Ionian Islands, Machine Cancels, Military Mail, Newfoundland, Pneumatic Post, Underpaid mail, Zemstvos

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Meetings and Events


Jun 7

In-person meeting at the VGG – 19:30 EST. Kenneth Snelson presents: The 1d/2d London Post & the rise and demise of the Returned Letter Office.

Jun 21

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Authors of the 2022 PSSC Anthology presents: Philatelic Specialists Look at Aerophilately (Second Session).

Jul 5

In-person meeting at the VGG - 19:30 EST. Jean Wang presents: Incorporating traditional philately, postal stationery and postal history into a thematic exhibit.

Jul 19

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Neil Donen presents: Trans-Tasman 1935: A significant commemorative flight.

Aug 2

In-person meeting at the VGG – 19:30 EST. Jesse Robitaille presents: TBA.

Aug 16

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Members presents: Show and Tell.

Sep 6

In-person meeting at the VGG - 19:30 EST. Doug Irwin presents: Clues to the Engraving Process from Progressive Die Proofs.

Sep 20

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Gordon Smith presents: TBA.

Oct 4

In-person meeting at the VGG – 19:30 EST. TBA.

Oct 18

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Harold Krische presents: American Aid for German War Prisoners, A Postal History.

Nov 1

In-person meeting at the VGG – 19:30 EST. TBA.

Nov 15

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Raymond Villeneuve presents: Canadian Special Delivery Forms and Labels.

Dec 13

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Members presents: One Frame Competition.


Jan 17

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Chip Gliedman presents: TBA.

Feb 21

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Pascal LeBlond presents: TBA.

Mar 20

ZOOM – 19:30 EST. Gary Watson presents: TBA.