Canada - souvenir sheet CAPEX 78The Canadian International Philatelic Exhibition, CAPEX 78, was held at the Canadian National Exhibition Grounds in Toronto from 9 to 18 June 1978. This was the nation's second international stamp exhibition, the first having been held in 1951.


CAPEX 78 commemorated the centennial of Canada's entry into the Universal Postal Union.


On 1 July 1878, Canada entered the organization, gaining what Postmaster General L.S. Huntington (best known for his Pacific Railway Scandal revelations) described as "a voice in the future settlement of the conditions of postal intercourse between the nations of the civilized world."


Sponsored by the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, under the patronage of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie and under the auspices of the Federacion Interamericana de Filatelia, the show was at that date the largest and most important in Canadian postal history.



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Membership of the Universal Postal Union





Bophuthatswana                   9 June 1978 (postmark)

Jersey                                 9 June 1978









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