Ralph E. Trimble FRPSC

I am a member of the PSSC (Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada), BNAPS (British North America Philatelic Society), RPSC (Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, which elected me a Fellow in 2006), CPSGB (Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain), CC (Collectors Club of New York), APS (American Philatelic Society) and the EFOCC (Errors, Freaks & Oddities Collectors Club). I serve on the Expertizing Committee of the Greene Foundation, where I operate the Foundation’s CrimeScope CS-16 Forensic Light Source machine. By extension, I am a member of the AIEP (The International Association of Philatelic Experts). I also serve on the expertizing committee of the American Philatelic Society (APEX). Past President of the PSSC, I am presently the Programme Director, Handbook Editor (Society Historian) and current President once again. I am also honoured to report that in January 2006 I was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation.

My collecting interests have always veered away from the 'normal.' In 1970, I was one of the founding members of the Coin Irregularity Association of Canada, where I wrote numerous articles on my specialty of errors and multi-struck coins. This interest carried over into philately, and in 1981 I founded the Canadian Re-entry Study Group of BNAPS. For the next sixteen years I was the Chairman, Treasurer, Publisher and chief writer of a total of 74 Newsletters for this Study Group. For my efforts, I received numerous distinctions. At BNAPEX 89, I was awarded the very first 'John S. Siverts Award' for best BNAPS Study Group Newsletter for 1988. At BNAPEX 93, I then had the honour of being the first BNAPS Study Group Editor to receive the 'Siverts Award' for a second time for my 1992 Newsletters. Between 1991 and 1995 I entered my Newsletters in a number of Philatelic Literature Exhibitions where I was awarded a total of six Silver Bronze Medals, and seven Silver Medals. The latter included PhiLITex 92 in New York, two APS STaMpsHOWs, ORAPEX 95 in Ottawa, WAPEX 93 in Western Australia and the National Philatelic Literature Exhibition 1995 in New Zealand. I'm sure I owe the bulk of these awards to my skill in extreme close-up photography (photomacrography), which I used extensively in my Newsletters to show the exact details of re-entries on Canadian stamps. I have now carried these skills over into the use of scanners and my computer microscope to show re-entry details. If you would like to see what my Newsletters contained, you can download my 20 page Newsletter Index HERE, and a cover page for the Index HERE. They are both in Microsoft Word format. If you would like a copy in PDF format, send me an email and I will email you one.

Along with my many articles and discoveries reported in my Newsletters, I have also had numerous articles published in BNA TOPICS, the Journal of the BNAPS, showcasing major finds and studies. Indeed, in Volume 3 of CANADIAN PHILATELY: BIBLIOGRAPHY AND INDEX by Cimon Morin, there are a total of 147 individual references following my name in the Cumulative Author Index listings.

For the last few years I have been on the Editorial Associates committee for the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps. The latest 2011 Edition uses many more of my close-up scans of re-entry details and I am working with the new Editor, Robin Harris, to include more and more re-entry listings in each new edition.

Some years ago I started working on a book on BNA Re-entries, which I hoped to finish now once I retired. It was to be profusely illustrated with hundreds of my close-up photographs of re-entries. However, with the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, I am now devoting much of my time to this Re-entry Website ( with its over 3400 close-up images of re-entries, and so the book has been put on hold permanently. I feel I can probably reach more collectors through this medium than I could with a limited edition of a book.

Updated: August 2011


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