Tuesday, October 26, 2010

1965 Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Floral Emblems

In 1867 the colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick joined the Province of Canada to form the Dominion of Canada. The floral emblem stamps for these Atlantic provinces were issued on February 3, 1965.

Canada Post Office Announcement First Day Cover

Canada Post Office used a Rosecraft envelope to announce the release of the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick floral emblem stamps. This first day cover was mailed to Portugal.


Nova Scotia : The Mayflower

Nova Scotia's floral emblem, the mayflower (Epigea repens), was adopted in 1901.

The mayflower, also known as trailing arbutus, blooms in the forest glades of early spring, often amid the last remaining snows of winter. The pink flowers are delicately scented and grow on stems from 15 to 30 centimetres long. The mayflower derives its name from the Massachusetts pilgrims who saw it as the first flower of spring and named it after the ship that brought them to Plymouth Rock.

First Day Covers

(Not in author's collection)


International Surface Letter

Halifax to Aberdeen, Scotland, May 15, 1965
5 cents preferred surface letter rate to the UK

Slogan : Royal Philatelic Society Convention May 13 -14-15

New Brunswick : Purple Violet

New Brunswick's floral emblem, the purple violet (Viola cucullata), was adopted in 1936.

The flower, a relative of the pansy, can be purple or dark blue and is also known as the marsh blue violet. Its stems are from 8 to 15 centimetres long. The purple violet is found throughout Eastern Canada, particularly in wet meadows and woodlands. It grows especially well in New Brunswick and is seen in fields, lawns and gardens in the early summer.


National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

First Day Covers


Overseas Mailers embellishment of Chickering/Jackson


Surface Letter to the U.S.

Ross' Ferry to Peoria, March 15, 1965
5 cents surface letter rate to the USA

International Air Mail

North Bay to Lugano, Switzerland, March 9, 1965
15 cents air mail post card rate to Europe
Shortpaid for air conveyance (less than 75% of rate) and sent by surface mail