OTTAWA, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Canada Post releases its newest
commemorative stamp in honour of 250 years of formal postal service in
Canada. When Great Britain assumed Lower Canada in 1763, an organized
postal system was demanded by people looking for a way to communicate
over vast distances and maintain contact with their homeland. This
latest stamp not only marks a milestone anniversary, but testifies to
the Corporation's ongoing ability to connect the people of our vast and
"It is remarkable to note that our postal system has stayed relevant to
Canadians for 250 years," says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of
Canada Post. "Our core mission of connecting Canadians and enabling
remote commerce across this vast nation remains at the very heart of
everything we do."
Postal services debuted in the beginning of the 17th century as the French developed a network of roads and rivers used for
fur trade and delivering correspondence. Portuguese courier Pedro Da
Silva was the first recognized postal carrier as he delivered Royal
dispatches and mail throughout New France.
In 1753, Benjamin Franklin was appointed Deputy Postmaster General to
the British colonies and opened a post office in Halifax to connect the
Atlantic colonies with Britain. The Treaty of Paris in 1763 opened the
doors to a formalized postal system as the British invested further by
opening more post offices in what is now known as Quebec. Quebec
merchant Hugh Finlay became Postmaster General on June 10, 1763, and
built a weekly service between Québec, Trois-Rivières and Montréal.
About the stamp
The stamps measure 32 mm x 24 mm (horizontal) with simulated
perforations. They are printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper
using lithography in seven colours. The stamps are pressure sensitive.
The Official First Day Cover will be cancelled in Quebec City. The
stamps are available in booklets of 10. The new stamp is available at
post offices across the country, and at canadapost.ca. To download image of the stamp or to purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.
SOURCE: Canada Post
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