Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Canadian cover

I recently purchased some stamps from a stamp dealer on Ebay and when I received the stamps, I discovered that the seller had used a nicely stamped cover to send them. What a very nice surprise.

At first glance it may not be obvious, but the stamps on this cover do have a point in common. Which one ? They were all issued in 1982 ! It can not be an accident, I guess the sender took the time to select them.
Let’s start by the smallest one, located on the left side of the front raw. This stamp is a part of a definitive series issued on the 19th of October 1982 and picturing artefacts illustrating various aspects of the Canadian life from the 18th and 19th century such as hunting, agriculture, domestic labour, and recreation. The stamp on the cover pictures a wooden bucket.
The stamp located on the right top corner has been issued on the 13th of April 1982 and commemorate Terry Fox. I had no idea who he was, some research on the Internet led me to this very impressive story. Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 28 July 1958. He had a strong desire to play for his junior high school basketball team, although he was not really tall enough and lacked the natural ability for the game. But he was always noted for his determination and made the team through hard work. In 1976, he escaped from an automobile accident with a sore right knee. Early in March 1977 the knee rapidly deteriorated. A bone specialist diagnosed cancer and amputation became mandatory. The night before doctors amputated his right leg, Terry Fox received a copy of a magazine describing a one-legged runner. That night Terry Fox decided to run across Canada.
He began training in February 1979 and ran every day. On April 1980 he started his run, the Marathon of hope, raising money each time he crossed a city. Terry Fox died on 28 June 1981, having raised more than $23,000,000 for cancer research !

The two other stamps belong to a set of five stamps, issued in two steps, to commemorate CANADA’82. CANADA’82 was the Seventh International Philatelic Youth Exhibition held in Toronto between the 20th and 24th of May 1982. This was the first time that the Youth Exhibition was held out of Europe. The complete set of stamps contained five stamps : two were issued on the 11th of March, the three others on the 20th of May. The five stamps were also issued in the form of a souvenir sheet. Here is a picture of the souvenir sheet taken from the
Canadian post on line archive. To be noted that this souvenir sheet is only the second one issued by Canadian post !

As you see the theme selected for this issue was stamps on stamp. It was the occasion to picture some old and nice stamps.
Let’s have a look to the ones put on the cover. The one located on the front raw, was part of the first step, issued in March. The stamp pictures a ten-cent definitive stamps issued on the 1st of June 1935 and picturing a Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable on horseback. This mounted police was organized in 1873. First known as the North West Mounted Police, it extended to the Northwest Territories. The term Royal was prefixed to the title in 1904, and in 1920 the name was changed to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Here is a picture of the original stamp issued in 1935, still from the same source.

The second stamp on the cover is part of the May issue and pictures a very famous Canadian stamp : the bluenose. It is considered by some as the most beautiful Canadian stamp, and I must say that I’m not far to agree with this. If you are interested to know more about the ship pictured on the stamp and about the stamp itself, I let you check this web page that will give you a lot of details. Here is a picture of the original stamp issued in 1929.

Part of the Bluenose design was re-used in 1998 for a stamp celebrating William James Roué, the designer of the ship.

I think that it was a good idea to choose old nice stamps to be illustrated on a modern issue in order to trigger the interest of young collectors.

By the way, this CANADA’82 stamp issue is a sort of “premiere” for Canadian post. A first in term of stamp design. Any idea why ? The first email with the good answer will win a surprise ! (don’t I sound like
Michael with this competition stuff ? ;-) ); Answer will be published next Monday.

Just to conclude, note also the very nice rectangular postmark on the cover. Very nice isn’t it ?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,

First of all THANKS A LOT for the Tintin cover and the minisheet was a very nice surprise .... I received them yesterday and it made my day and completed my collection !! Thanks again !

Now for the question in your blog about the CANADA'82 issue. It was a first in terms of design feature for the Canada Post. The design presents the classic stamp image reproduced in lithography from the steel engraved die proof against a colour background extending out through the perforations.

Hope You have a nice weekend and that I win my surprise !!

Kind Regards,