OTD: Post Office Department issues eight-cent George V Scroll stamp

On today’s date in 1928, Canada’s Post Office Department (now Canada Post) released an eight-cent King George V stamp (Scott #154) as part of its Scroll issue.

The stamp’s frame was engraved by Silas Robert Allen, and the portrait was engraved by Robert Savage based on a photograph of King George V by Lafayette Portrait Studios.Originally engraved for the Dominion of Canada dollar note, the portrait was re-engraved in a smaller size for the new issue of postage stamps.

Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Co., the stamp was designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz. The Scroll series, which began being issued in October 1928 and depicted scroll work as part of its design, replaced the Admiral stamp series of earlier years.

Because Canada’s regular issue postage stamp designs went unchanged for 16 years, in 1928, the department to issue a new series of definitives featuring a contemporary portrait of King George V. As noted earlier, scroll work replaced the crowns on the design, and the stamps were bilingual with the words “postes” and “post.”

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