OTD: Post Office Department issued Special Delivery stamp

On today’s date in 1932, Canada’s Post Office Department (now Canada Post) issued a 20-cent Special Delivery stamp (Scott #E5).

These Special Delivery stamps—which were issued in Canada between 1898 and 1946—paid for expedited delivery of mail (also referred to as Xpresspost by Canada Post). The Universal Postal Union first established expedited mail delivery for an extra fee in 1885.

On Christmas Eve, 1932, a total of 600,000 stamps (engraved, perforated 11 and printed by the British American Bank Note Company) were issued by the Post Office Department.

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