Tuesday, October 19, 2010

1965 Churchill

The Canada Post Office stamp honouring Sir Winston Churchill was issued on August 12, 1965. The design featuring Yousuf Karsh's famous photograph of Churchill was designed by Philip Weiss.


National Archives of Canada
Watercolour essay

Issued Stamp

The Canadian Bank Note Co. printed the Churchill commemorative by duo-tone lithography rather than the customary engraving method.

National Archives of Canada
The issued stamp

British American Bank Note Co. Engraving

A BABN engraving of the Churchill stamp in the Canadian Postal Archives shown below raises a number of questions. Why was the engraving produced and why was it produced by the BABN?

National Archives of Canada 
First Day Covers

Canada Post Office Announcement Cover

Canadian Post Office first day cover. The CPO used "Rosecraft" envelopes to announce the release of the Churchill stamp. This announcement was mailed to Jamaica.


Overseas Mailers embellishments


Sherring Corporation

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited



Carberry to Winnipeg, August 29, 1965
5 cents forward letter rate

Domestic Undeliverable Mail Office

 Toronto to Sudbury, September 22, 1964
Undeliverable and returned to sender

Toronto Undeliverable Mail Office, October 4, 1965

International Air Mail

Montreal to Dusseldorf, Germany, September 15, 1965

Yousuf Karsh Commemoratives

Ottawa photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908 - 2002) was one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time. In 2008, Canada Post issued several stamps to commemorate the centennial of his birth. Included was a stamp and postage paid post card of the Churchill photograph: