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King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra

Tercentenary

Title

King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra

Denomination

Date of Issue

July 16, 1908

Year

Quantity

35,100,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Tercentenary

Series Time Span

1908

Perforation or Dimension

12

Printer

American Bank Note Company, Ottawa.

Creators

Designed by José Antonio Machado. Engraved by Elie Timothée Loizeaux.

About Stamp

In the summer of 1908 Canadians honoured the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of Quebec in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer and colonizer. In March, 1908 the government proposed to issue a series of postage stamps to commemorate the occasion. In view of the marked departure from the precedent in subject matter for the proposed stamp design, the Department sought the permission of King Edward VII to use portraits of non-royal persons and historical subjects on stamps of permanent validity. His Majesty consented, and the stamp were released on [16th] July, 1908 for sale to the public throughout the Dominion [before] the Prince of Wales (later King George V) reached Québec. Portraits of Their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

Reference

Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 42-43.

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