Every Stamp a Story


Raymond Building R3-045, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St Anne de Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, CA

You are invited to a special seminar presentation by David Lank, Professor Emeritus, McGill University.

David Lank was responsible for the Lank Collection of Natural History Stamps at McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections which, with more than 50,000 items, is the largest such themed philatelic university archive in the world. From this collection, in 2017, he created the record-breaking exhibition “Every Stamp a Story” which included a rotation of 400 stamps with their stories through to late June. Two books on the Exhibition have already appeared, and two more are in the works. We will have the pleasure of having David present on the exhibition.


DAVID LANK, CM, F.R.S.A., F.R.C.G.S. Born in Argentina, Mr. Lank moved to Canada with his family at an early age, attended Lower Canada College before going on to Princeton University where he completed his under graduate studies before starting his business career with DuPont International in Geneva, Switzerland. During his student days, he had worked in the gold fields of the Yukon, and at sites on the Distant Early Warning line at Resolute Bay, and the Mid-Canada Line at Great Whale River. Some of his many accolades include: guest conductor at the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the longest-serving President of the Atlantic Salmon Association, Director of the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Distinguished Professor/Principal’s Award winner and Fellow of the Explorer’s Club of New York, the Royal Society of Arts in London, and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Author of forty books and hundreds of articles on a vast range of subjects, he also illustrated many of them. For his role in “making Canadians proud to be Canadian”, he was named to the Order of Canada for his contribution to Patrimony.

Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resource Sciences.