OTD: Canadian post offices take to battlefield

A letter mailed in 1916 from France by Flight Lieutenant Michael Silley shows a censor mark. A stamp applied by the post office after the letter arrived in Canada partially covers the mark and has a Toronto cancel with slogan.

On Aug. 4, 1914, Britain entered into the conflict today known as the First World War. At that time, Canada did not conduct its own foreign policy and found itself also at war. The next day, the Canadian government determined that it would raise a Canadian Expeditionary Force at its own cost, to serve in... Continue reading →

Commemorative envelopes through the years

The 75th annual Royal Philatelic Society of Canada Convention is marked on a 2003 commemorative envelope.

A smaller, more focused collecting area has been complementing Canada’s annual stamp program since 1976, when the Post Office Department issued a series of covers marking that year’s Montréal Olympics. The Post Office Department and its post-1981 successor Canada Post have marked 126 themes on special event, custom and commemorative envelopes since the 1976 Olympic... Continue reading →

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