On today’s date in 1851, Nova Scotia (then a colony of British North America) issued its first postage stamps (Scott #2-4, 7).
Nova Scotia’s postal system was under the control of London’s general post office from 1754-1851. In 1851, the colony became responsible for its own postal system; this would last until 1867, when it became a province of Canada.
Three denominations of the first issue were printed in diamond shape. They were prepared on unperforated sheets that were later cut by postmasters at the post office.