1951 Train Fire
On Sunday, December 23, 1951, a fire in the baggage car attached to the Toronto, London & Windsor C.N.R. train caused extensive damage to the mail. The letter shown below was salvaged from the fire.
The surface letter was mailed from Battersea, England to Sarnia, Ontario, December 3, 1951.
Ambulance Envelope and Letter from District Postal Inspector
The damaged letter was enclosed in a Canada Post Office ambulance envelope, along with a note explaining the cause of the damage.
The ambulance letter from the District Post Office Inspector, London (Ontario) to the addressee of the damaged letter was postmarked January 3, 1951
Explanatory note from the District Post Office Inspector
- 1. Canadian Domestic Letter Rates From 1868 to the Present Day
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- 4. United States Air Mail Letter Rates : 1927 - 1976
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