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Quebec in 1700 - "Lower Town"

Quebec in 1700 - "Lower Town" Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Quebec in 1700 - "Lower Town"
Denomination
10¢
Date of Issue
July 16, 1908
Quantity
500,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
Tercentenary Series
Series Time Span
1908
Perforation or Dimension
12
Printer
American Bank Note Company, Ottawa.
Creators
Engraved by William J. Brown. Designed by José Antonio Machado.
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.

"Québec en 1700."

The view of Quebec city in 1700 is depicted on this stamp. The view shows a portion of the area known today as "Lower Town," at the foot of the cliff below where the present Citadel stands.

Reference
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 42, 44.
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