Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1961 Northern Development

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker outlined his "New Vision" for northern development in his first speech of the 1958 federal election campaign on February 12 at the Winnipeg Civic Auditorium, saying:

We ask from you a mandate; a new and a stronger mandate, to pursue the planning and to carry to fruition our new national development programme for Canada...This national development policy will create a new sense of national purpose and national destiny. One Canada. One Canada, wherein Canadians will have preserved to them the control of their own economic and political destiny. Sir John A. Macdonald gave his life to this party. He opened the West. He saw Canada from East to West. I see a new Canada - a Canada of the North.

Diefenbaker's grand vision did not materialize during his term of office.


National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

Die Proof

National Archives of Canada

The Northern Development stamp was issued on February 8, 1961.

First Day Covers

Whitehorse slogan : THE NORTH'S NEWEST HORIZON

Advertising first day cover sent by:



Domestic Forward Letter

HMCS Stadacona (Halifax) to Toronto, February 13, 1961
5 cents domestic forward letter

Surface Letter to the US
Flin Flon to Detroit, March 12, 1961
5 cents surface letter rate the the US

International Air Mail

Toronto to London, February 20, 1961
15 cents first step air mail rate to Great Britain

Sarnia to Troden, Scotland, MArch 26, 1961
30 cents 2nd weight step (1 oz.) airmail letter rate to Great Britain

Shortpaid 5 cents
Double deficiency = 10 cents
1 cent = 3 centimes (gold)
10 cents = 30 centimes (gold)

The Canadian post office taxation was 30 centimes(gold).
The British Post Office tax calculation resulted in a charge of 8d.

Monday, August 30, 2010

David M. Pritchard, Jr. Cachets

David M. Pritchard, Jr. designed first day cover cachets for U.S.,  Canadian, U.N., and other stamps issues, beginning in the mid 1960s and continuing into the 1980s. Mr. Pritchard's early cachets lack the professionalism seen in most commercial designs, and perhaps that is why I am so fond of them.
Most of the early cachets were mimeographed with typewritten text and hand-coloured with pencils or markers.

He identified his cachets with his initials "DMP" and later with the "David "C" Cachets" logo:


1. Canadian issues

Pritchard's covers were produced from 1967 to 1976.

Centennial Commemorative Stamp and Definitives

These DMP cachets were mimeographed and hand coloured.

Expo 67

This cachet was completely hand-drawn.

U.S. Stamp Commemorating Canada's Centennial

Mimeographed and coloured with pencils

DMP and David "C" Cachets : 1970 -71
These were mimeographed and coloured with pencils.

Enclosure in the Leacock first day cover

2. United Nations issuesUnited Nations covers were produced from 1969 to 1975.

3. U.S. issues
a) Mimeographed

Not coloured



b) "Professional" Printing

Masonic Themes