Kiosk stamps pilot project marked with first-day cover

Canada Post has launched the official first-day cover (OFDC) bearing one of the stamps dispensed from its kiosks, part of a pilot project running in major cities. The cover, which had been the subject of some speculation, shows a kiosk stamp with a value of 61 cents, the domestic rate when the first prototypes of the kiosk went into operation in December. In mid-January, all kiosks started charging postage at the 2013 rate. The cover’s cancel, which has a Canada Post logo in the centre, is dated Dec. 12, 2012, the day the first kiosk went “live” in Toronto. Continue reading →

12-penny black nets $225,000

Although 51,000 were printed, only 1,510 had been sold by 1857 when the remainder were recalled and destroyed. Printed by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson, the 12-penny black was part of Canada’s first series of postage stamps. The design was based on a portrait of a young Queen Victoria by Alfred Edward Chalon. Victoria was 32 years of age at the time the stamp was ordered, but the portrait had been executed years before, when Victoria was just 18. It is believed that approximately 100 examples remain. Continue reading →

Regiment among war heroes honoured on new Canadian stamps

April 9 will see the launch of a stamp honouring the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment (PWOR), based in Kingston, Ont. The regiment was formed in 1863, during a great Canadian militia reorganization, from seven previously independent companies. The regiment was first deployed in 1866, when it was called out first to the Niagara area, and later to Cornwall, Ont., to deter Fenian raids. In 1870 members participated in the federal expedition to Manitoba and later in 1885 the regiment served in the North West Rebellion. Continue reading →

Brigham Auctions returns with blockbuster sale

Verge said the sale will include unique philatelic treasures that have not been on the market for several decades. The collection will be sold in a series of sales over several years. “These heritage items and the historical material should entice new collectors and investors interested in starting a new collection of Canada,” Verge said. Brigham explained that after exploring other venues, “I feel comfortable in selling my material through my own firm since I believe that there are too few auction houses that serve collectors and exhibitors first, something Brigham Auctions has always done.” Born and educated in Toronto, Brigham has been collecting worldwide for more than five decades and has specialized in Canada since 1981. Continue reading →

Falklands post office quick to salute Iron Lady

To date Margaret Thatcher is the first and only woman to have led a major political party in the U.K. and holding the office from 1979 to 1990, she served as British prime minister for the longest continuous period since Robert Jenkinson in the early 19th century. When Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, then prime minister Thatcher responded to the attack by sending a task force to recapture the islands, despite the logistical problem of British forces operating 13,000 kilometres from home. At that time her Iron Lady nickname, first applied to her by a Soviet newspaper in 1976, stuck. Continue reading →

Profit of $98M small comfort for Canada Post

Canada Post managed to turn a profit in 2012, but the profits are the result of non-cash adjustments to labour costs, and from operations. According to the Crown corporation’s annual report, $98 million in future sick leave and post-retirement health benefits were saved as a result of the new collective agreement reached in late 2012. That allowed for a one-time adjustment without which Canada Post would have posted a loss of $54 million in that year. The loss would have been tempered by profits from Canada Post’s other operations, such as Purolator, but the Canada Post group as a whole would still have posted a loss of $25 million. Continue reading →

Stamp highlights Queen’s Canadian connections

“Queen Elizabeth’s dedication to her role and her relationship with this country make this stamp a fitting tribute,” said Paul Calandra, member of Parliament for the Oak Ridges-Markham riding in southern Ontario, and parliamentary secretary to the minister of Canadian Heritage. “The diamond anniversary of her coronation is an occasion deserving of a special issue and the painting by Canadian artist Phil Richards offers a beautiful depiction of this remarkable monarch,” said Deepak Chopra, president and CEO of Canada Post. Although Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne in February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI, her coronation did not take place until June 2, 1953. Continue reading →

Montreal’s 1812 war hero gets his due

“During the past year, Canadians have paid tribute to many heroes of the War of 1812. I am especially proud to be here today at the unveiling of this stamp in honour of Lieutenant-Colonel de Salaberry, a true French-Canadian hero,” said Minister Blaney. “Salaberry and his Voltigeurs are known for having bravely defended Canada 200 years ago, and we must never forget the sacrifices they made, as they participated in building the Canada we know today.” Dubbed “The Hero of Châteauguay,” de Salaberry was a distinguished British Army commander whose leadership of the legendary Voltigeurs ensured the successful defence of Montreal and all of Lower Canada (now Quebec) from 1812-14. Continue reading →

War of 1812 stamps salute Secord, de Salaberry

Canada Post released two stamps honouring the daring exploits of two legendary Canadian heroes – Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry. Secord and de Salaberry’s pivotal actions helped to secure this country’s distinct identity when its future was threatened in a conflict with the Americans. Secord braved a 30-kilometre walk through the Canadian wilderness to warn a British outpost of an impending American attack. As commander of a group of fighters in Lower Canada, de Salaberry’s strategy and resourcefulness enabled his outnumbered Canadian force to repel an American invasion aimed at capturing Montreal. Continue reading →

Franklin at forefront of postal service tribute

In 1753, Franklin opened the first post office in Canada, in Halifax, to link the Atlantic colonies with Britain. Prior to 1753, Franklin had been postmaster of Philadelphia, before being promoted to joint deputy postmaster general for the British colonies. But eventually, Franklin’s involvement with the growing revolt against the British Empire made it necessary for him to leave his post. Continue reading →

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