OTD: Prince Edward Island adopts provincial flag

On today’s date in 1964, Prince Edward Island adopted its provincial flag.

Designed by Conrad Swan – the first Canadian to serve in the College of Arms – and based on the province’s coat of arms, the flag was produced in anticipation of Canada’s centennial celebrations in 1967. It was adopted by an act of the legislature in 1964 and is bordered on the three sides away from the mast by alternating stripes of red and white. The flag’s proportions are three by length and two by width.

1979 FLAGS ISSUE

In 1979, Canada’s provincial flags were commemorated as part of the “Provincial and Territorial Flags” issue (Scott #821-832) issued by the Post Office Department (now Canada Post).

Released on Canada Day of that year, the sheet of 17-cent stamps depicts the flags of the 12 provinces and territories that made up Canada at that time.

Included in the 12-stamp issue was a stamp depicting the flag of Prince Edward Island (SC #827).

The following year, Newfoundland and Labrador adopted its own flag. In 1999, the territory Nunavut was established.

The flag of Prince Edward Island is featured on a 17-cent stamp issued by the Post Office Department in 1979.

The stamps were designed by Raymond Bellemare and printed by Ashton-Potter using six-colour lithography. Each of the stamps is valued at 40 cents (Never Hinged to Very Fine condition) with a pane of 12 stamps valued at $5.50, according to The Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps.

The catalogue also lists four different philatelic panes that vary depending on the position of the corner inscription. These include upper-left and -right panes as well as a lower-left and -right panes.

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