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Confederation, 1867-1917


Confederation, 1867-1917


Date of Issue

September 15, 1917




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension



American Bank Note Company, Ottawa.


Engraved by Edwin H. Gunn.

Original Artwork

Robert Harris, "The Fathers of Confederation", 1883-1884

About Stamp

Despite the effort put forth by Canada during the First World War, the fiftieth anniversary of Confederation on 1st July, 1867, did not pass unnoticed in 1917. As part of the program adopted for the occasion, the Dominion Cabinet approved on 13th June, the issuance of a special 3-cent stamp to commemorate the anniversary

 "The Fathers of Confederation" from a photograph of the original oil painting by Robert Harris, C.M.G., R.C.A., formerly in the Railway Committee Room of the Centre Block, Parliament Building, Ottawa. It was destroyed by fire on 3rd February, 1916. The painting is not shown in its entirety. Eight members of the group of the original work were omitted from the stamp for reasons of space and balance in design. The omission was rectified when the subject was again used for the 2-cent stamp of the Confederation issue of 1927. The view through the windows is of the scenery and shipping on the St. Lawrence River from the old Parliament Buildings at Quebec. In the middle foreground, the items are two maps rolled under a stool. A light overcoat lying on it serves as an effective composition.


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 48.

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