Monday, January 3, 2011

1969 Curling

Curling is a sport in which two teams of 4 players each send stones over an ice surface toward a target circle in an attempt to place nearest the centre. Curling was exported to Canada from Scotland and in 1807, The Montreal Curling Club was the first Curling Club outside of Scotland.

Curling match at Montréal, 1855, by W.S. Hatton

There are several web sites with excellent articles about curling:

Collections Canada
The Royal Montreal Curling Club
Canadian Curling Association

Canada Post Office issued a 6 cent stamp commemorating the sport of curling on January 15, 1969.

First Day Covers

Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Cover


Overseas Mailers

Canada Envelope Company

David Pritchard

Elliot- Marion


Domestic Letter Rate

Valleyfield to Hamilton, January 15, 1969
First day of issue

Dr. Arthur Hill was a philatelist who posted covers at many Quebec post offices. This registered cover was mailed from Riviere Matawin, January 23, 1969. Riviere Matawin is located just north of La Mauricie National Park, in the heart of the Laurentians.

Curling Related Covers

Curling, Newfoundland

Curling is a sub-division of the city of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Curling was known as Birchy Cove, but its name was changed as a dedication to Rev. J.J. Curling.

Curling-Corner Brook, September 27, 1965

Postal Employees Curling Classic

The Canadian Postal Employees Curling Classic has been held annually since 1967. In 1970 Ottawa was host city with entries from Quebec, Nova Scotia, and the New Brunswick-P.E.I. Postal District entered for the first time.

Ottawa Slogan Cancellation:


Ottawa, March 25, 1970

The Alberta team won the 1970 bonspiel.

1970 Manitoba Playdowns

FEB. 9 - 14 FEV.

Dauphin, January 25, 1970

1981 Men's World Championship

From 1968 to 1985, the World Curling Championship was sponsored by Air Canada and called the "Air Canada Silver Broom". The 1981 Men's Silver Broom held in London, Ontario, was won by Switzerland. The Canadian team finished third.

Air Canada Silver Broom, London, Ontario, March 3, 1981