Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1967 Exhibitions

This post considers a few of the exhibitions held in Canada during the Centennial year. The exhibitions discussed in this article were serviced with sub post offices which in most cases applied a special Exhibition cachet to the mail.

Calgary Exhibition and Stampede

The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede is a combined agricultural fair and rodeo in Calgary, Alberta, held in July. The Exhibition and Stampede were separate entities until 1923 when they merged.

The first exhibition was organized in 1886 and was held annually until 1894. In 1910 the name was changed to the Calgary Industrial Exhibition Company. The present name has been used since 1933. The first Stampede was organized by American cowboy Guy Weadick in 1912.

Stampede Post Office to local address, July 17, 1967

Stampede Post Office circular date stamp

1967 Stampede Post Office cachet

Post card mailed from the Stampede Post Office, July 15, 1967 to Napa Calif.
8 cents paying the air mail post card rate to the U.S.

Edmonton Exhibition
Klondike Days

The first Edmonton exhibition was organized by the Edmonton Agricultural Society on October 15, 1879. Edmonton's first fair showcased locally produced livestock, grain, vegetables, and handiwork. The exhibition relocated to its current site in Northlands in 1910. The exhibition was re-named Klondike Days in 1962, adopting the Klondike Gold Rush theme. The public dressed up in period costumes for the Klondike Days opening parade. Alberta’s first casino was held near the Silver Slipper Saloon at the Edmonton Exhibition Grounds in 1967. In 2006, the name of the exhibition was changed to "Capital EX".

Edmonton Exhibition Association Limited stationery
Exhibition Post Office to Manchester, July 25, 1967

Commercial mail, Edmonton Exhibition Post Office, July 26, 1967
Klondike Days cachet applied by the post office

Exhibition circular date stamp

1967 Klondike Days cachet

A slogan cancellation was used at the Edmonton Post Office to publicize "Klondike Days:


Edmonton, July 11, 1967

Regina Exhibition
Buffalo Days

Regina's first fair was held in 1896. A year later, it was named the Territorial Exhibition, held at the same location where it stands today. In 1898, it became the Regina Exhibition. In 1967, in honour of Saskatchewan's pioneers, the celebration was named Buffalo Days.

Reference : Regina Leader Post, July 9, 2009

The Regina Exhibition Association Limited, local correspondence
Regina Sub. P.O. Ex. circular date stamp, August 1, 1967
Buffalo days cachet

Exhibition Sub Post Office cancellation

1967 Buffalo Days Cachet

Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) : Vancouver

The PNE celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier opened the first fair, called The Industrial Exhibition, the second largest in North America after the New York City Fair.

Vancouver Sub. P.O. Ex. circular date stamp, August 24, 1967
1967 PNE cachet

Exhibition Sub Post Office cancellation

1967 PNE Exhibition Post Office Cachet


Vancouver, July 25, 1967

Atlantic Winter Fair : Halifax

The first Atlantic Winter Fair was held in 1963 and is now called the Maritime Fall Fair. The fair provides an opportunity for visitors to gain a greater awareness of the agricultural industry.

Atlantic Winter Fair souvenir envelope
Exhibition Post Office cancellation, October 28, 1967

Exhibition Post Office, Halifax, N.S.