On today’s date in 1998, Canada Post released its first coils of 100 self-adhesive stamps.
According to the Crown corporation, its goal was to improve the postal service by making it more convenient for Canadians to send and receive mail.
“And this fall when Canada Post releases their newest initiative, convenience is certainly the key. Starting on September 30, you will be able to purchase domestic-rate stamps on a coil of 100 self-adhesive stamps. This product will not only save you time and money, but their self-adhesive backing eliminates the need to lick or tear stamps before applying them.”
Designed by Bernhard Mueller, this 45-cent (then the domestic rate) stamp (Scott #1697) features a lithographic image of a stylized maple leaf and had a print run of 2,720,000. Printed by Ashton-Potter, this stamp had simulated perforations along each side.
Interestingly, this stamp used the same stylized maple leaf design that was used for the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) stamp released earlier in the year (SC #1696). These ATM stamps are untagged, imperforate and have a few minor design differences.