Canada Post unveils new pictorial postmarks online

Canada Post has unveiled on its website dozens of new pictorial cancels now available at select post offices across the country.

Since 2002, the Crown corporation has offered collectors a range of special pictorial cancels from many of its 6,300 post offices. The historically significant cancels are updated regularly, allowing small-town post offices to celebrate local and regional events that may lack the national appeal required for the stamp program.

“To receive the cancel, mail your envelopes or covers, stamped with return postage, inside a stamped envelope,” reads the Canada Post website. “Address the envelope to the attention of the ‘Postmaster’ with the full name and address of the post office that offers the cancel.”

You will then receive your cancelled cover from Canada Post by return mail.

A future edition of CSN will feature an in-depth story on the new pictorial cancels with comments from collectors.

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