Québec Bridge on picture postage

Québec’s Arvida Bridge, an engineering marvel and the world’s first bridge entirely built of aluminum, has appeared on one of the final Picture Postage stamps.

Before Canada Post cancelled its long-running personalized stamp program on Sept. 1, the Montréal-based Centre d’interprétation et de recherche philatélique du Canada (Philatelic Research & Interpretation Centre of Canada) ordered 200 copies of the Arvida stamp.

Officials with the non-profit organization unveiled the design on Sept. 1 during the annual congress of the Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage, based in England.

“Due to its aluminum design, Arvida’s bridge weighs 163 tons. A similar steel bridge would weigh more than twice that,” according to the Québec Cultural Heritage Directory website, patrimoine-culturel.gouv.qc.ca.

“The construction of the Arvida Bridge constitutes an important event in the history of civil engineering both in Quebec, in Canada and internationally.”

Built in 1949-50, the bridge spans the stamp, some of which have been used on mail and cancelled with a “Montréal 375” pictorial postmark.

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