Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 1968
5 cent Denomination

An Inuit carving called "Family Group" was featured on the 5 cent Christmas stamp issued on November 1, 1968. The carving, by Maggie Ittuvik Tayarak, was acquired by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1960.

The 5 cent stamp was issued in sheet and booklet formats.

Since 1964, Canada Post Office had issued Christmas stamps on the same date in two denominations, 3 cents and 5 cents to prepay the printed matter rate (unsealed Christmas cards) and first class letter rate respectively. On November 1, 1968, the rates increased. The printed matter rate jumped from 3 cents to 5 cents, and the first class letter rate rose from 5 cents to 6 cents.

The two 1968 Christmas stamps were issued on different dates. The 5 cent printed matter denomination was issued on November 1, 1968, while the 6 cent first class letter rate stamp was released on November 15, 1968.

First Day Covers



Canadian Bank Note Company

H & E



David "C"



Aspen Park (RCAF Station), Manitoba to RCAF 4 Wing, CFPO 5056, Baden-Soellingen, Germany, December 4, 1968
5 cents printed matter rate

Air Mail Letter to the US

Vancouver to Cambridge, December 20, 1968
10 cent air mail letter rate to the US + 50 cents registration fee