Thursday, September 30, 2010

Passenger Ships and Ferries

Mail associated with passenger ships and ferries is the topic of today's post.


Empress of France

Posted on board the "Empress of France", July 8, 1953
Liverpool Paquebot cancellation, July 10, 1953

RMS Franconia

Halifax Paquebot cancellation, February 1, 1954

RMS Ivernia

Liverpool Paquebot cancellation, July 6, 1956

Unidentified Ship

Quebec, July 6, 1956

RMS Sylvania

Quebec, Paquebot cancellation, June 30, 1959

SS Empress of England

Greenock Paquebot cancellation to Prescott, Arizona, July4, 1960
Treated as an unpaid letter and taxed 14 cents

RMS Saxonia

Montreal, June 1, 1962

SS Empress of Britain

Greenock Paquebot cancellation, July 11, 1962

Paquebot "France"

Quebec, May 9 1967

Gulf of St. Lawrence

St. Pierre - North Sydney : M/V Miquelon

Letter addressed to Montreal, carried from St. Pierre (St. Pierre and Miquelon) on the M/V"Miquelon" and posted at North Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 29, 1960

M/V "Miquelon" handstamp

St. Lawrence Cross-River Service : M/V Matane

Passenger and cargo services were provided from Rimouski and Matane to ports on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence. Mail was handled by the purser of the vessels.

M.V. Matane, August 25, 1958

Matane & Sept Iles Poste Fluviale

Cape Borden, P.E.I. to Cape Tormentine, N.B. : S.S. Prince Edward Island

Ferry from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, August 19, 1967

Charlottetown & Sackville R.P.O., August 19, 1967

Great Lakes Cruise

CPR Great Lakes steamer, Sault Ship Canal, June 7 1964

Sault Ship Canal

Strait of Juan De Fuca : M/V Coho

The M/V Coho is an auto ferry between Victoria, B.C. and Port Angeles, Wash.

M/V Coho in Victoria harbour

Maiden voyage, M/V Coho, December 29, 1959
The M/V Coho is still in service (September, 2010)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

1963 $1.00 Definitive

The $1.00 definitive stamp, issued on June 14, 1963, promoted Canada's export trade.


National Archives of Canada

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Design Initially Selected

The design below, by Alan Pollock, featuring a hook in front of a crate was used to manufacture a die from which colour trials were printed.

National Archives of Canada

Colour Trials

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February 2, 1962

The shadow effect of the hook was not well captured by the engraving process making it look as if there were two hooks, one behind the other. The design was not adopted.

Approved Design

The approved design, also by Alan Pollock, shows a hook lifting a crate by its ropes (no shadow).

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada
Approved for color and printing July 30/62

First Day Covers

To Ceylon

Canada Post Office Publicity FDC

To Poland

Stirling Offices of Canada Limited

To Amsterdam, Netherlands


1. Money Packet

Money packets consisted of mailable matter containing valuables such as bank notes, gold bullion, jewels, stocks. The rate included a registration fee.

New Waterford to Halifax, November 4, 1965

$6.50 paying the 5 lb. money packet rate:

2. Householder Mail

From April 1, 1964, the rate was 2 cents for the first two ounces and 1 cent for each additional ounce.

Matheson to Shillington, February 10 1965
2 cents per 2 ounce boxholder rate

$1.60 paying for 80 pieces of mail to be delivered at the General Delivery and Boxholders.

3. Federal Election Ballot Box : Registered Parcel

Ballot boxes sent prior to a Federal election by Returning Officers addressed to Deputy Returning Officers were liable to postage at the parcel rate and registration fee.

Rosetown to Davidson (Sask.), November 2, 1965

$1.38 paying the registration fee (0.35) + parcel rate ($1.03)

4. International Air Mail

South America

The air mail letter rate to South America was 10 cents for each 1/2 ounce.

Toronto to Cordoba, Argentina, December 4, 1963
$1.00 paying the 5 oz. air mail letter rate to South America


The air mail letter rate to Asia, Africa and Oceania was 25 cents for each 1/2 ounce. The two-ounce airmail, registered letter shown below was sent from Montreal to Bir Zeit Jordan on April 5, 1966.

$1.00 air mail rate for two-ounce letter + 35 cents registration fee