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PHSC Symposium 2018

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, July 19-22 2018

Not just another stamp show!

The Exhibition at PHSC Symposium 2018 will be a National level accredited event devoted to the postal history of Canada and British North America. The exhibits may be on any topic that is postal history related such as studies of postmarks, postal rates, mail routes, etc. Exhibits on military and transportation postal history, as well as stamp and postal stationery exhibits if they are focussed on postal history aspects will also be welcomed. Please consult the Prospectus (en, fr) for further details.

You may now apply to enter your postal history exhibit in the Symposium Exhibition. Please consult the application forms below.

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You should download (right-click) the pdf file to your computer. You may either print it and fill out the form by hand, or open the file in Adobe Acrobat and fill it out electronically (please note that if you view the pdf in your browser, the fillable aspect of the form likely will not work properly). Once you have filled out the form and saved it to your computer (if you don't save it, the form will be blank!), you may email it to us by attaching the file to your email. If you wish to send the form to us by regular mail, you will find the appropriate address at the bottom of the second page of the form. Complete instructions for making payment can be found on the form.

Many of the rules for exhibiting in North America have been recently revised. The full guidelines are available in a publication of the American Philatelic Society, the APS Manual of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting, 7th Edition. The changes were highlighted in a presentation by Ed Kroft, Rodney Paige and Sam Chiu at the Philatelic Specialist's Society of Canada in Toronto in the fall of 2016. Their presentation (pdf) is a convenient introduction to the subject.

More general information about exhibiting is available from several sources. There are a series of articles by David Piercey in the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada's The Canadian Philatelist that cover each of the major components of an exhibit. These are collated on the RPSC website. The APS has a website devoted to exhibiting and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors can help you keep abreast of all facets of philatelic exhibiting.

The 2017 Exhibition contained a wide variety of top-notch exhibits, and we look forward to the 2018 Exhibition. Specially designed medals will be awarded to winning exhibits, and in addition, there is a variety of special awards concerning specific aspects of postal history. Check the 2017 Palmares to see who won what last year.