Date of Issue
December 23, 1902
Perforation or Dimension
American Bank Note Company, Ottawa.
Portrait engraved by Charles Skinner.
The reduction in the domestic letter rate of postage made desirable a new 7-cent stamp to prepay combined domestic postage and registration fee, and to replace the 8-cent stamp originally intended for that purpose. The new design for the King Edward stamps had not yet been decided upon, and therefore these 7-cent stamps portrayed Queen Victoria although Her Majesty had been dead nearly two years. This is a provisional stamp. The decorative and symbolic use of the maple leaves on the Diamond Jubilee commemorative and the regular issues of 1897 met with instant public approval. But the designers of the Maple Leaves issue failed to give sufficient prominence to the denominations in words rather than figures. As a result, the public was not able to distinguish the face values quickly. The Post Office Department accordingly modified the design and prepared a new issue of postage stamps. Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, from a photograph by Messrs. W. & D. Downey, London, England, and taken in 1897 for the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 36, 40.
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