Banquet Speakers

Each autumn since its inception in 1955, the Society gathered for a congenial dining experience with a distinguished guest speaker. These evenings were the highlight of the year for the Society, with members from all parts of Canada making the trip to enjoy an evening with their fellow specialists.

Since the 2010's PSSC membership has expanded across Canada and the United States. In 2019 in lieu of a banquet, it was decided to allocate resources to provide scholarly lectures at major philatelic events across North America.

Group photo of all PSSC members gathering for one of their distinguished speaker dinners. Collage of photos from one of the distinguished speaker dinners. Photos include one of dessert and drinks served, a distinguished speaeker at a podium, a plaque being presented to a distinguished speaker and members socializing.

2010's Guest Speakers

Date Name Topic
Oct. 20, 2018 Mary Pugh GB George V Commemoratives
Oct. 20, 2017 David Lank Every Stamp a Story
Nov. 18, 2016 John Walsh Musings on a Life in Philately
Oct. 23, 2015 Jim Phillips Under the Gum
Oct. 24, 2014 Thomas Lera Inside the Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Oct. 25, 2013 David McLaughlin Every Householder Rate 1889-1989
Oct. 29, 2012 Richard Gerrard A Re-examination of the Battle of York (27 April 1813)
Oct. 28, 2011 Dr. David Crotty Early Atlantic Airmail
Oct. 22, 2010 Mike Filey Toronto: Then and Now

2000's Guest Speakers

Date Name Topic
Nov. 13, 2009 Pascal LeBlond Canadian First Day Cancellations: The Pitney-Bowes Era (1949-1974)
Nov. 7, 2008 Leopold Beaudet The Admirals After Marler
Oct. 12, 2007 J. Edward Nixon The Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation
Oct. 13, 2006 D. Robin Harris The Challenges of Editing a Major Catalogue
Oct. 14, 2005 Cimon Morin Thirty Years of Building Collections for Canada
Oct. 18, 2004 Michael Sefi The Queen’s Collection
Nov. 21, 2003 George B. Arfken Bisects of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Pence Issues
Nov. 22, 2002 Dr. Peter P. McCann Postal History of the British Virgin Islands
Nov. 16, 2001 John Lievsay The Ceres Issue of the French Third Republic
Nov. 10, 2000 Dr. Michael D. Dixon Philately of the First 5 Bongos Issue of Upper Bongoland

1990's Guest Speakers

Date Name Topic
Nov. 19, 1999 Ray Ireson The Panama Canal Story
Oct. 16, 1998 John H. Hotchner Auxiliary Markings Showing Delays in the US Mails in the 20th Century
Nov. 15, 1997 Charles J.G. Verge Distinguished Philatelists
Nov. 16, 1996 Dr. David Foot The Future of Philately
Nov. 18, 1995 Thomas C. Mazza The Development of the Carrier Service in New York and the Influence of the Local Post on that Development
Nov. 19, 1994 F. Burton Sellers The Philately of Haiti
Nov. 13, 1993 Colin Fraser The Ishikawa Collection of US Classics of 1847 - 1869
Nov. 21, 1992 Dr. Roberto M. Rosende A History of the First Hundred Years of Expertizing
Nov. 23, 1991 Keith R. Spencer Taylor Forgeries
Nov. 24, 1990 Cimon Morin Canadian Postal Archives

1980's Guest Speakers

Date Name Topic
Nov. 18, 1989 Horace W. Harrison  
Nov. 19, 1988 Robert P. Odenweller Great Rarities of Classic & Modern New Zealand with Comments on the Direction of Exhibiting Traditional Philately
Nov. 14, 1987 Bernard A. Hennig German Inflation Issues
Nov. 8, 1986 Dr. J. C. Arnell Early B.N.A. Postal History
Nov. 16, 1985 Kenneth J. Kutz Mining Postal History
Nov. 24, 1984 Allan L. Steinhart  
Nov. 5, 1983 James H. Beal The A.P.S. Theft Committee
Nov. 13, 1982 Ed Richardson Canadian Military Mail
Nov. 14, 1981 William Hillman  
Oct. 25, 1980 C. Emery  

1970's Guest Speakers

Date Name Topic
Oct. 13, 1979 William H.P. Maresch  
Oct. 28, 1978 Dr. Fred Stulberg Letters — Hysterical and Historical!
Oct. 15, 1977 Leo Scarlet  
Oct. 23, 1976 Dr. James J. Matejka Jr  
Oct. 25, 1975 James Kraemer Canada’s Postal Museum
Nov. 16, 1974 Harry Martin Jr  
Nov. 17, 1973 Howard Lee The Pacific Islands
Oct. 14, 1972 Herman Herst Jr  
Oct. 23, 1971 Dr. J. Caplan Psychological Influences in Philately
Oct. 24, 1970 Herbert Denton Reminiscences of the Toronto Scene and How My Travels Influenced My Stamp Collectiing

1960's Guest Speakers

Date Name Topic
Nov. 15, 1969 Leslie A. Davenport A Career in Stamps
Nov. 30, 1968 Col. Robert H. Pratt Perkins Bacon Reprints & Trade Sample Sheets
Nov. 25, 1967 Clarence Westhaver Selections of My Collection, Including Patriotic Covers and Post Cards, 1897 Jubilees, Canadian Classic Issues, and Items from the Cardinal Spellman Collection
Oct. 22, 1966 Svend Yort Trials and Tribulations of Putting on an International Exhibition With Limited Time for Preparation and Organization
Nov. 20, 1965 Dr. Henry Hicks Postal History and Postage Stamps of Bermuda
Nov. 21, 1964 Raymond H. Weill Reminiscences of a Stamp Dealer
Oct. 25, 1963 Robson Lowe Postage Stamps and Their Forgeries
Nov. 24, 1962 Winthrop Boggs Principles and Practices of Philately
Nov. 18, 1961 Bernard Harmer Gavelling Around the World
Nov. 12, 1960 John R. Boker Philatelic By-ways

1950's Guest Speakers

Date Name Topic
Nov. 14, 1959 Robert W. Lyman Philatelic Maturity
Nov. 15, 1958 Herbert J. Bloch Expertizing
Nov. 16, 1957 Harry L. Linquist Philately 1957
Nov. 26, 1956 Edwin Mueller Sources of Philatelic Knowledge
Nov. 12, 1955 Henry Gates Canadian Patriotics and BNA Proofs