Tuesday, November 30, 2010

1967 The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press ("CP") was created by newspaper publishers in 1917 to facilitate the exchange of news across Canada. CP was established as a co-operative in which annual expenditures were divided city by city, where there was a member newspaper, on the basis of circulation. In 1951, a French-language service was inaugurated.

The CP commemorative stamp, designed by William McLauchlin, was issued on August 31, 1967.


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

First Day Covers

Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Cover

To Lisbon, Portugal

Schering Corporation

Canada Envelope Company

Overseas Mailers



Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited

David Pritchard


Surface Letter to the United States

Toronto to Peoria, September 3, 1967

NATO Forces

RCAF Wing 4, CFPO 5056, Baden-Sellingen, Germany to RCAF Station Greenwood, N.S.
The air mail letter rate was 15 cents. This letter was insufficiently paid for air mail service

CFPO 110 Ramstein to Crediton, December 4, 1967
5 cents surface rate

Ramstein was NATO command base which provided support for NATO's HQ Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force . CFPO 110 was sent to Ramstein to support the RCAF component assigned to the Allied Tactical Air Force.

Return Address :4 ATF Support Unit, CFPO 5050 Ramstein, Belleville, Ontario

International Surface Letter

10 cents UPU surface letter rate
Downsview to Kamakura, Japana, December 6 1967

International Air Mail Letter

15 cents one-half ounce air mail letter rate to Europe
Willowdale to Malmo, Sweden, September 6 1967

25 cents air mail one-half ounce letter rate to Asia
Stoney Creek to Kamakura, Japan, September 1 1967
1/2 ounce rate : 25 cents

25 cents air mail one-half ounce letter rate to Asia
Vancouver to Kowloon, Hong Kong, December 1, 1967
1 ounce rate : 50 cents

Monday, November 29, 2010

National Cadet Camp

The annual National Cadet Camp was held at the Banff National Park from 1948 to 1998. The Camp was a reward to the best cadets from across the country. A 1954 cover mailed from Banff sparked my interest in the National Camp.

National Cadet Camp, 1956

The object of the National Cadet Camp was described in the 1954 Joining Instructions booklet:

This camp has been instituted as a reward for efficiency in all aspects of Cadet training. Cadets attending have therefore been selected because of their achievements throughout their Cadet membership. It is intended to provide an intensive and interesting programme which will enable Cadets to take advantage of the many training and recreational facilities which exist in the Banff National Park. As the Cadets attending the National Cadet Camp have been selected as the best Cadets in Canada, it is expected that they will conduct themselves at all times in the best traditions of the Service and as one would expect Gentlemen and Cadets of their standing to act.

Cadet Lt. T. Telfer to William Telfer, Ingersoll, July 16, 1954

235 cadets attended the camp in 1954. Cadet Telfer was one of 34 cadets selected to represent the Western Ontario Area.

1954 newspaper clipping

An in-depth history of the National Cadet Camp featuring many photographs can be found at the Army Cadet History site.

Camp entrance 1954

Administration building, 1954

The camp celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998, training at the Banff location for the final time. In 1999, the Banff facilities were closed and Rocky Mountain National Army Cadet Summer Training Centre was established nearby, 45 km northwest of Cochrane, Alberta.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mail to Hungary 1956-57

In 1956, Hungary was a communist state under the control of the Soviet Union. In October, a demonstration of university students in Budapest led to an uprising against Soviet rule. The short-lived revolution was put down by the Soviet military with the loss of more than 2,500 lives. More than 200,00 Hungarians fled the country, 35,000 of whom came to Canada.

In this post, two covers mailed to Hungary in 1956 and 1957 are shown which illustrate the political turmoil in Hungary.

The first cover was mailed from Oshawa to Mikohasa, Hungary on October 24, 1956, the day following the the student protests in Budapest which sparked the revolution. The letter was returned to the sender as postal service to Hungary had been suspended.

Oshawa to Mikohaza, Hungary, October 24, 1956
Mail service suspended and letter returned to sender

The second cover was mailed in June 1957, several months after the revolution had been crushed. The letter was not admitted into Hungary because its contents did not conform to regulations. No further information regarding the regulation infringement was provided to the sender of the letter.

There are times when covers in less than ideal condition are still worthy of inclusion in a collection. The stamps on the cover shown below were cut out by a collector. The stamps themselves are of little significance compared to the Hungarian instructional markings.

The cover was mailed from Vancouver and addressed to Budapest on June 5, 1957. The removed stamp was likely the 15 cent Gannet definitive. Since the letter was returned to the sender, a 5 cent fee was charged for this service. The stamp cut out to the left of the T 5 cents handstamp was probably a 5 cent postage due stamp.

Vancouver to Budapest, June 5, 1957

The reverse of the cover bears the significant markings:

Hungarian Handstamp:

Szabaly Ellenes [Against Regulations]
Non Admis [Not Admitted]
Retour [Return]

Canadian handstamp

Undeliverable Mail Office, Montreal June 12, 1957

1967 Pan-American Games

The Winnipeg Pan-American Games (Pan-Am Games) were a major event celebrating Canada's Centennial. Over 2000 athletes from 29 countries participated in the "Olympics of the Western Hemisphere" from July 22 to August 7.

Opening Ceremonies

The games were opened by Prince Philip on July 22.

Torch entry

Canadian athletes

Notable Athletes

Canadian swimmer Elaine Tanner won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke and silver in the 100m butterfly. Mark Spitz, a 17-year old from the U.S. broke world records in the 100m and 200m butterfly. Spitz went on to make Olympic history at the 1972 games winning 7 gold medals.


The Cuban national team was favoured to win the gold medal. In round robin play, the U.S. were twice beaten by the Cubans. The U.S qualified for the playoffs against Cuba. In the three-game playoffs the U.S and Cuba each won a game. The gold medal came down to the ninth inning of the third playoff game. The score was tied and after a rain delay the U.S. loaded the bases. With the infield in, U.S. outfielder George Greer singled home Ray Blosse with the winning run and the gold medal.

Pan-Am Games Slogan

A Pan-Am slogan was in use months before the opening of the Games.

Pan-Am slogan, April 13, 1967

Pan-Am Stamp and First Day Covers

The Pan-Am Games commemorative stamp was issued on July 19 with a Winnipeg "DAY OF ISSUE" cancellation featuring the Pan-Am logo.


National Archives of Canada
Designed by Paul Aleksander Pedersen

The Queen's Printer post card was a reproduction of the Pan-Am stamp.

Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Cover

This publicity cover was mailed to St. Thomas, Jamaica

Shering Corporation

Canada Envelope Company

Chickering/ Jackson

Overseas Mailers

Overseas Mailers insertH and E

David Pritchard



Domestic Acknowledgment of Receipt

Registered mail sent from Edmonton to Pembridge, August 23, 1967
Acknowledged August 29, 1967
15 cents AR fee at time of mailing

International Surface Letter

Toronto to Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 1967
10 cents UPU surface letter rate

International Air Mail

Toronto to Mechelen, Belgium, August, 1967
10 cents air mail post card rate
Shortpaid 5 cents for air mail (50% of air mail rate paid)
Not sent by air since 75% prepayment was required

"Short Paid For Air Conveyance" handstamp

Montreal to Geneva, Switzerland, June 30, 1967
15 cent air mail letter rate to Europe
Shortpaid 10 cents and forwarded by surface conveyance

Since the surface letter rate was 10 cents, this letter was shortpaid 5 cents and should have been taxed. The tax fraction would have been 10/10.

Cuba Commemorates the Winnipeg Pan-Am Games