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The Discussion Group provides a forum for the examination of a subject that cannot be fitted into a regular meeting night. Subjects are intended to appeal to all stamp enthusiasts whether established or new to the hobby. The program will present speakers who are specialists in specific aspects of philately with the intent of educating and entertaining members and guests who wish to expand their philatelic knowledge. The content of the programme is driven by requests from members of the West Toronto Stamp Club. All members are encouraged to let their interests be known to the Executive who will, in turn, pass the request to the Programme Director to activate (if possible). No business will be conducted at any meeting that features a speaker.

Meeting time & place

The Discussion Group meets virtually via Zoom on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm and concludes by about 9:00 pm. A meeting invitation including a zoom link will be sent to all members and list of guests a week or so before the meeting.

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Programme

2022, 15 November
Speaker(s): Stamp Club Members and Friends of Philately
Share your ideas about Assembling and Writing up your Stamp and Postal History Collection.

We know that almost everyone has a different way of assembling and/or writing up a collection. Some are stockbooks, others preprinted albums, and many are freehand on blank pages. There will also be some who design and print their own pages or even use an exhibiting format. There is no rule -- nothing can be wrong so long as the collector is happy and content.

Please take the time to scan part or a page of your collection and show as a PowerPoint.

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2022, 18 October
Speaker: Dr. Darin Cherniwchan
Dr. Darin Cherniwchan will present "The Power of PowerPoint". Darin is the chairman of the BNAPS Digital Philately Study Group and will demonstrate some new uses for your Microsoft tools. An open forum on the subject of digital philately will follow.

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2022, 20 September
Speaker: Dr. Gregg Redner
The Discussion Group meeting Tuesday, September 20 will feature Dr. Gregg Redner who will present “Belgium’s 1920 3-centime stamp issue”, the last stamp of the 1915 King Albert I series and the country’s first 3-centime stamp.

This stamp was issued on December 31, 1920 and was designed to frank commercial/ imprimé mail up to 20 grams. The issue has a fascinating history, which includes a discussion of the history of the 1915, King Albert I issue, which is to Belgium what the Small Queens are to Canada.

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2022, 16 August
Speaker: Colin Clark
The Discussion Group meeting Tuesday, August 16 will feature guest speaker Colin Clark. Colin is originally from Sunderland in the UK but has lived in the US for the last 30 years. Colin currently lives in Atlanta, where he’s a club member of the Atlanta Stamp Collectors Club. His main collecting interest is GB Queen Victoria postal history from the North-East of England, which includes cities and towns such as Sunderland, Newcastle-on-Tyne, North Shields and South Shields.

Colin also has a strong interest in virtual One-Page exhibiting. He has competitively exhibited internationally and in the US, including winning the most recent UK Stamp Collector magazine one-page competition. Colin uses Victorian postal history to study social philately and history. Tonight’s presentation is based on Victorian social philately.

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2022, 19 July
Speaker: David K Foot [ Email: david@footwork.com ]
Campbell Island - Postal History Of A Subantarctic Weather Station
The Discussion Group meeting of July 19, 2022 will feature Dr. David K. Foot, storyteller extraordinaire, who will present Campbell Island and its Postal History. Campbell Island is an uninhabited subantarctic island of New Zealand that was first used as a seal hunting base. It transitioned to a whaling station before becoming the home base in 1907 for a series of Scientific Expeditions.

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2022, 21 June
Speaker: Club Members and Guests
CAPEX22 - Feedback and Review
Provide our members with an opportunity to present feedback, comments, and requests from their participation at Capex-22. Canada’s first international stamp show of the 21st century.

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2022, 17 May
Speaker: Club Members and Guests
Town Hall and CAPEX22
Provide our members with an opportunity to present feedback, comments, and requests. The opening segment of this meeting will provide that opportunity for gathering future meeting topics. The second portion of this meeting will be a discussion of the upcoming CAPEX22, Canada’s first international stamp show of the 21st century.

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2022, 19 April
Speaker: Chris Hargreaves
Trans Atlantic Airmail
Our presenter for this evening’s meeting will be Chris Hargreaves, a recognized expert in the field of Canadian aerophilately.

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2022, 15 March
Speaker: Club Members and Guests
Foreign Mail from Anywhere to Anywhere
Show some of the magnificent covers that sit in your postal history collection. The only rule for this gathering is that material presented must be addressed to a destination outside the country of origin.

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2022, 15 February
Speaker: Club Members and Guests
Registered Mail
Members and participants are encouraged to show a short presentation of some aspect of Registered Mail as it applies to their collection(s).

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2022, 18 January
Speaker: Club Members and Guests
Favourite Album Pages
This is an opportunity for member/guest participation to share your memorable learning experiences from your collection(s).

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2021, 21 December
Speaker: Club Members and Guests
Festive Philately
Participants are invited to show mini presentations of philatelic material with a Festive or Seasonal theme.

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2021, 16 November
Speaker: Patrick Durbano
The Perforated O.H.M.S. Stamps of Canada, Part 2
Talk focuses on selected postal usages and other interesting aspects of these stamps. See [ Durbano Stamps ]

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2021, October
Speaker: Charles Livermore
MILITARY TORONTO: An Examination
An examination of the military presence in Toronto during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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2021, September
Speaker: Lawrence Pinkney
CANADA: THE MAP STAMP IN DECEMBER 1898

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2021, August
Speaker: Garfield Portch FRPSL
THE STREET POST OFFICES OF TORONTO, 1885 TO 1900

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2021, July
Speaker: Chris Green FRPSL
MULREADY COVERS

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2021, June
Speaker: Patrick Durbano
CANADA'S 5 HOLE OHMS STAMPS

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2021, May
Speaker: Zoe Delgusta-Cincatto
TORONTO'S FIRST POST OFFICE
The story of the first post office in Toronto with some examples of early postal history, artifacts, social history and a virtual tour.

2021, April
Speaker: Various
SHOW & TELL

2021, March
Speaker: Ed Kroft FRPSC
POSTAL HISTORY OF THE FIRST ISSUES OF ISRAEL

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2021, February
Speaker: Dr Darin Cherniwchan
TWO-CENTS SMALL QUEEN AND THE DEWEY COLLECTION

2021, January
Speaker: Ingo Nessel FRPSL, FRPSC
THE 1895-1889 50-CENT PARLIAMENT BOOKLETS OF CANADA

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2020, December
Speaker: Dr. Alec Globe
Buyer beware - the examination of some forged postal history

2020, November
Speaker: Ken Pugh
ARGENTINA - GOOD FOR ONE DAY

2020, October
Speaker: Don Hedger
WTSC SINGLE PAGE COMPETITION

2020, September
Speaker: Rob Lunn FRPSC
THE BARTLETT LETTERHEADS

2020, August
Speaker: Garfield Portch FRPSC
ANALYTIC PHILATELY - A 2020 UPDATE

2020, July
Speaker: Simon Claughton
SOYUZ 7

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2020, June
Speaker: Various
SHOW & TELL

2020, February to May
Speaker: Don Hedger
No presentations due to Covid-19 lockdown

2020, January
Speaker: Klaus Hintz
BERLIN LOCAL MAIL DURING THE AIRLIFT

2019, November
Speaker: Derwin Mak
BATMAN

2019, October
Speaker: Various
SHOW & TELL - NEW ACQUISITIONS

2019, September
Speaker: Garfield Portch FRPSC
NEW COLLECTOR WORKSHOP

2019, June
Speaker: Various
SHOW & TELL + PLANNING ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

2019, April
Speaker: Dr. Sam Chiu FRPSC
CANADA'S FORCE "C"

2019, March
Speaker: Garfield Portch FRPSC
WORKSHOP FOR SINGLE PAGE EXHIBITS

2019, February
Speaker: Shirley Griff-Coates
MOURNING COVERS

2019, January
Speaker: Rod Paige
GOLD COAST

2018, November
Speaker: David McLaughlin
CANADA - THE MAPLE LEAF ISSUE OF 1898

2018, October
Speaker: Lawrence Pinkney
PAPERS OF THE LARGE QUEEN ISSUE

2018, September
Speaker: Garfield Portch FRPSC
TAKE A SECOND LOOK
The results of examining one's old collection and updating or repurposing material.

2018, June
Speaker: Various
SHOW & TELL + PLANNING ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

2018, May
Speaker: George Pepall FRPSC
U.S.A. THE SECOND BUREAU PRINTINGS

2018, April
Speaker: Dr. Richard Judge
Analysis of the Admiral colours

2018, March
Speaker: Garfield Portch FRPSC
THE POSTAL HISTORY OF TORONTO TO 1901

2018, February
Speaker: Dr. Jean Wang
THE STORY OF BLOOD: A TOPICAL EXHIBIT

2018, January
Speaker: Garfield Portch FRPSC
WORKSHOP FOR SINGLE PAGE EXHIBITS

2017, November
Speaker: Joe Trauzzi
THE ROYAL TRAIN

2017, October
Speaker: Ian Robertson
THE PHILATELIC SPECIALISTS SOCIETY SESQUICENTENNIAL PROJECT

2017, September
Speaker: John Wilson
SOUTH AFRICAN STAMPS USED IN THE WRONG PLACE

2017, June
Speaker: Lawrence Pinkney
THE STORY OF A COVER
The postal and social history behing a 'Steele Briggs' cover

2017, May
Speaker: Club discussion
CREATING AN EXHIBIT
To encourage participation in one page, multi page and/or one frame exhibiting and to help turn your draft exhibits and ideas into an exhibit that you will be pleased to show in May, the March Discussion Group will focus on exhibit sharing and support. Members are encouraged to bring and share what you are working on and will receive the help needed to turn your idea or draft exhibit into a more finished product. By sharing we can help each other. As well, club “Expert Exhibitors” will be ready and willing to assist.

2017, April 18
Speaker: Mark Stelmacovich
UKRAINIAN PROVISIONAL STAMPS
Mark, a member of the WTSC, will show a PowerPoint presentation outlining his research and award winning exhibit of the provisional stamps of the Ukraine in the 1990's.

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2017, March 21
Speaker: Frank Alusio FRPSC
EXHIBITING WORKSHOP

2017, February 21
Speaker: Ted Nixon FRPSC
THE PARIS STARS
In September 1863 the French Postal Administration extended the use of the "star" cancellatons to all Paris post offices. The new handstamps continued in use until 1876. The study and exhibition of these fascinating cancellations has resulted in gold medals for our speaker.

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2017, January 17
Speaker: Ian Robertson
MR. LIVINGSTONE, I PRESUME
The story of a Picton, Ontario shopkeeper who branched into postcards before the first World War distributing what may be considered the best quality photographic postcards of Ontario scenes.

2016, November 15
Speaker: Dr. Robert Galway
AVIATION IN WESTERN CANADA
This will be a continuation of the presentation begun in September, 2015 and will deal with the development of airmail service in the Canadian West. The presentation will include a review of Parts 1 & 2. Dr. Galway will discuss the history of Western Canada aviation and the evolution of airmail in the West. The air service companies included in this discussion are Western Canada Airways, Yukon Airways, British Columbia Airways, Cherry Red Airline, Commercial Airways, Klondike Airways and Canadian Airways.

2016, October 18
Speaker: Ken Pugh
FAKES & FORGERIES OF CANADIAN AND BNA STAMPS
Ken Pugh of Chilliwack, B.C. is a noted researcher, author and general authority on the subject of Canadian Fakes & Forgeries. To see some of his work please visit his website at https://kenpughphilatelics.com

This presention will be the first in a series of three presentations to be made in Toronto this week.

October 18 (7:30 pm) at West Toronto, the subject will be DETECTION TECHNIQUES. Among the selected material will be OHMS perfins and overprints, the De Thuin forgeries and fake fancy cancels.

October 19 (7:30 pm) at the regular meeting of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada at the Greene Foundation Ken will discuss THE PERSONALITIES including De Thuin, Eaton, Sperati and others. This meeting is open only to PSSC members and their guests.

October 20 (7:30 pm) at the Greene Foundation, Ken will discuss specific examples of fakes and forgeries from his extensive collection. This meeting, sponsored by the Greene Foundation is open to all.

2016, September 20
Speaker: Leon Mathys
THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION
On December 6, 1917 a French freighter, the SS MONT-BLANC, loaded with explosives collided with a Norwegian ship, the SS IMO. The subsequent explosion was the biggest explosion prior to the atomic bombs used in World War 2. This is the story told through a philatelic exhibit.

2016, June 21
Speakers: Charles Verge FRPSL FRPSC & Garfield Portch FRPSC
POSTAL HISTORY WORKSHOP
This meeting will provide a forum for the discussion of the collection of postal history. Included will be the reading and interpretation of markings on covers and the analysis of rates.

2016, May 17
SHOW & TELL plus DISCUSSION GROUP FORUM
This two part meeting will provide an opportunity for members to share and briefly discuss their own material. In the second part, general discussions will provide some direction and guidance for future meetings.

2016, April 19
Speaker: Dr. David Foot
AUSTRALIAN ROCKET MAIL
David is returning to the West Toronto with another of his wonderful stories of unusual postal history from ‘down under’ presented as only a master story teller can do. The accompanying single frame exhibit displays flown covers from each of the rocket experiments.

2016, March 15
Speaker: Peter Butler FRPSC
PICTURE POSTAGE
A look at this relatively new branch of philately

2016, February 16
Speaker: Dr. Robert Galway
THE RED LAKE GOLD RUSH & BEYOND SEMI OFFICIALS
This will be a continuation of the presentation begun in September, 2015

2016, January 16
Speakers: Rob Taylor & Garfield Portch FRPSC
GRADING & PRICING OF STAMPS
Rob Taylor will discuss the techniques used by dealers to grade and price stamps for sale in various formats
PAPERMAKING & WATERMARKS
Garfield Portch will discuss the principles and methods of papermaking and watermarks as well as methods of detecting watermarks

2015, November 15
Speaker: John Wilson
POSTMASTER CHOPS OF HONG KONG
This discussion will present John’s research into the postal markings of Hong Kong from the beginning to the present.

2015, October 20
Speaker: Lawrence Pinkney
INTRODUCTION TO THE LARGE QUEENS OF CANADA
This discussion will present the Large Queen definitive issue of 1868 and will feature an overview of the stamps and the complex issue of paper types.

2015, September 15
Speaker: Dr. Robert Galway
THE FORMATIVE YEARS OF AIR TRANSPORT IN CANADA & EARLY DAYS IN THE HISTORY OF AIRMAIL
An introduction to the world of semi-official airmail and the people, companies and aircraft that made it possible.

2015, June 16
Speaker: none
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION TO PROVIDE IDEAS FOR FUTURE DISCUSSION GROUP PROGRAMMES
This is an opportunity for all members of the Club to express an opinion about the subject matter for future programmes. It is also an opportunity to critique the past year's programme.

2015, May 19
Presenters: Kathy Hartley and Garfield Portch
AN AFTERNOON & EVENING AT THE GREENE FOUNDATION
This meeting will allow club members to spend some time in the library at the Greene Foundation where Kathy Hartley will discuss and help with philatelic research. Garfield Portch will demonstrate some of the forensic techniques used in expertixing stamps. Members will also have the chance to use the VSC6000 to examine their own material.

2015, April 21
Speaker: none
MEMBERS' BUY, SELL & SWAP SESSION
An evening of trading and selling among members.

2015, March 17
Speaker: Ken Snelson
UK POSTAL UNION POSTAGE DUE MAIL
An introduction to the study of postage due postal history.

2015, February 17
Speaker: Frank Alusio
HOW TO ASSEMBLE AN EXHIBIT
A discussion and demonstration of some of the techniques that Frank uses in the construction of his beautiful, distinctive and award winning exhibits.