Canada’s postal collection marks 40 years

It was on this day in 1974 that Canada Post opened the National Postal Museum.

The Canadian Postal Museum operates as a complete museum program and acts as a repository to hold objects in trust for the Canadian public.

Founded in 1971 and opened in 1974, the National Postal Museum joined the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1988. In 1996, the name changed to Canadian Postal Museum (CPM).

However, the Museum was closed in November 2012, but reopened in March of this year at its new home — Canadian Museum of History.

The new permanent exhibition comprises all 3,000 or so postage stamps issued in Canada from 1851 (when the very first stamp featured the image of a beaver) to the present. It’s a comprehensive display that can’t be seen anywhere else, the museum of history says.

The Canadian Stamp Collection is now housed at the Museum of History, Ottawa.

The Canadian Stamp Collection is now housed at the Museum of History, Ottawa.

As well, artifacts from the museum’s collections will be used to illustrate little-known stories behind the creation of some of Canada’s most memorable stamps, said a spokesperson. Examples include the stained-glass window reproduced in the Nativity stamp of 1976, and a quilt replicated on the 1996 Canada Day stamp.

The exhibition is being presented in a gallery on level 1 near the Grand Hall.

Thanks to the Museum’s ongoing partnership with Canada Post, this living collection expands with each year’s new stamp issue.

For more information on the Museum, click here

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