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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 in the library at the Fairfield Senior’s Centre on the 3rd Tuesday of each month except July, August and December. The doors open at 7:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 7:30. Most meetings conclude between 9:00 and 9:30.

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Programme

2017, June 20
Speaker:
TO BE ADVISED
To be advised

2017, May 16
Speaker:
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.

2017, March 21
Speaker:
TO BE ADVISED
To be advised

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.

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.

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