Sunday, August 1, 2010

1952 Canada Goose Definitive

The 7 cent Canada Goose stamp, issued on November 2, 1952, replaced the 7 cent Peace Issue air mail stamp which had been in use since 1946. Unlike its predecessor, the 1952 Canada Goose stamp was not an air mail issue. It was however used singly to prepay domestic air mail service if requested until March 31, 1954, as well as the first step air mail rate to the United States. The stamp design was credited to Emmanuel Hahn.


National Archives of Canada
National Museum of Canada by John A. Crosby Rec'd Dec 3/51
The Crosby essay was for a 50 cent stamp. The approved model by Emmanuel Hahn retained many of the design components of the Crosby essay.

National Archives of Canada
Hahn essay

National Archives of Canada
This photograph was the model used by the designer to draw the goose.

Approved Model

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada
Die Proof

Die Proofs Colour Trials

The following items were printed on coloured paper after November 2, 1952, the day of issue.

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada

First Day Covers

(Not in author's collection)


Domestic Air Mail Prior to April 1, 1954

"All-Up" air mail service was introduced on July 1, 1948. Domestic mail posted at surface letter rates would be sent by air mail is such service was available. However, the air mail rate had to be paid if air mail service was specifically requested.

On April 1, 1954, mail not exceeding 8 ounces and prepaid at the surface rate was carried by air service provided air transmission was available. A request for air service for letters less than 8 ounces did not result in a tax from April 1, 1954.

Until March 31, 1954, if domestic air mail letter service was requested, the rate was 7 cents for the first ounce and 5 cents for each additional ounce.

RCAF Station Summerside to Toronto, PEI, to Toronto, July 29 1953
7 cents domestic air mail rate (requested service)

Vancouver to Hamilton, December 23, 1952
7 cents air mail letter rate + 10 cents special delivery fee

Air Mail Letter to the United States

The air mail letter rate to the United States was 7 cents for the first ounce.

The two letters below were sent by U.S. military personnel stationed at the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base, Stephenville, Newfoundland.

Harmond Field to Alexandria, Louisiana, November 15, 1953
Harmon Field circular date stamp
7 cents air mail letter rate to the United States

Harmond Field to San Franciso, January 1957
Harmon Field machine cancellation
7 cents air mail letter rate to the United States

Vancouver to Sacramento, January 25, 1964
7 cents air mail post card rate

International Air Mail

Vancouver to Dublin, October 22, 1962
15 cents air mail rate for post cards to the Republic of Ireland

Valleyfield to Amsterdam, September 18, 1958
15 cents air mail rate shortpaid 8 cents
Sent by surface mail

Montreal to Haifa, Israel, March 11, 1953
25 cents one-half ounce air mail rate

Department of Veterans Affairs
Vancouver to Bloemfontein, South Africa, December 9, 1952
Registered surface letter
4 cents surface letter rate (preferred) + 20 cents registration