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The Learning Workshop provides a forum for the examination of subjects that will appeal to the non-specialist stamp collector. The prime purpose is to share collecting interests and information on subjects that appeal to all stamp enthusiasts whether established or new to the hobby. The program is aimed at the general collector and will invite participation from all attendees.

No business will be conducted at these meetings.

Questions or Topic suggestions can be sent to: Ian Robertson - email: vicepresident@westtorontostampclub.org

Meeting time & place

The Learning Workshop meets virtually via Zoom on the 1st 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.

Programme & Links To Presentations

2022,
      December 1,
     Starting at 7 p.m., via Zoom, our 14th virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is "Show and Tell Us, how you house and organize your Stamp and Cover collections"

Ratty, Tatty covers can become collectable covers as they are a fascinating and important part of philately and postal history.

These letters from the past would appeal to only a few collectors as they have been torn or damaged with the passage of time. However, as the handwriting, postage stamps, post-office transit markings or Business Advertisement(s) and other postal inscriptions are still legible and have withstood the wear and tear, they convey a great deal of information of the town(s) mailed (From-To) and makes good space-fillers to help complete a philatelic story.

Share your ratty, tatty covers at this WTSC Session and show as a PowerPoint.

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      November 1,
     Starting at 7 p.m., via Zoom, our 13th virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is "Show and Tell Us, how you house and organize your Stamp and Cover collections"

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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      October 4,
     Starting at 7 p.m., via Zoom, our 12th virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is "Get to Know Your Dealers"

In this meeting four stamp dealers will introduce themselves and their services in individual presentations after which the forum will open for questions, answers and general discussion.

The dealers will be:

Sam Hakim (Century Stamps, Clarkson), Bill Longley (Longley Auctions, Waterdown), Chris Green (Christopher Green Limited, Ottawa) and John S. Beddows (Gananoque)

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      August 2,
     Starting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 2, 2022 via Zoom, our 11th virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is "Anything Philatelic that is Blue"

This is the sixth Learning Workshop to feature Philatelic items that are Blue. According to sources, blue ranks as the world’s favorite colour. It is all around us, across the sky at the best of times, across our oceans, on numerous corporate logos, many people have blue eyes, and royalty often uses blue for sashes and uniforms.

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      July 5,
     Starting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2022 via Zoom, our 10th virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is ‘Everything and anything that starts with E.” This is the fifth Learning Workshop to feature subjects beginning with a letter of the alphabet. There are obviously many Excellent terms to consider for an Exchange of ideas. Some are well-known, while others are not Eminent, but certainly could Emerge. As we did before — December 2020 was the last letter-theme event, appropriately using ‘D’ — members are invited to share some of their favorite ‘E’ topics.

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      June 7,
      via Zoom, our 9th virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is a celebration “Happy 96th Birthday, Queen Elizabeth.” Whether you are keen on stamps, postal history OR both, join us to show your cover collection story in the form of a single page display featuring Queen Elizabeth. She was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London on June 2, 1953

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      May 3,
      via Zoom, our 8th virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is an expansive postal history subject entitled “Illustrated Commercial Mail.” The topic, which does not include First Day Covers, refers to envelopes and postal stationery with artwork promoting a business.

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      April 5,
      via Zoom, our seventh virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is entitled, Flights of fancy — Airmail-related stamps and covers from any member is requested for presentation to the group. Canadian aerophilately expert Chris Hargreaves will be the guest speaker.

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      March 1,
      via Zoom, our sixth virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is entitled Salute to Admiral stamps of Canada

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      February 1,
      via Zoom, our fifth virtual Learning Workshop of the 2021-2022 season is entitled Canada's Centennials:A significant definitive issue to study.

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      January 4,
      New Year's Resolutions in my Stamp World. A perfect time to consider and to share our next stamp collecting / philatelic steps.

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2021,
      December 7,
      A Cover with a Story. Sometimes a cover is just a cover; sometimes the name of the sender or recipient, the place, the postal markings, even contents can yield a great story.

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      November 2,
      Original Research. Hear about several succeessful research adventures and share tips about your own research

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      October 5,
      Philatelic- Stamp Collecting Project under Construction

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      August 3,
      Focus on Research and Philatelic Digital/Online Resources useful to Stamp enthusiasts

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      July 6,
      What is in your Philatelic Library? Or not!

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      June 1,
      People who influenced the world around them — and beyond.

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      May 4,
      The Art of Stamps

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      April 6,
      Varieties are the Spice of Life

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      March 2,
      Topic of Conversation

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      February 2,
      Pride and Joy

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      For Prior Learning Workshop Topics
      Please see 'CLUB NEWS' - the 'Club Newsletter/Bulletin' section..
      The Bulletin for the month is posted and provides details of upcoming events and meetings.

Records of Machin Study meetings

Click each date for an Adobe PDF file:

2016, June 7

2014, June 3    2014, May 6