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The Fathers of Confederation

Confederation, 1867-1927


The Fathers of Confederation


Date of Issue

June 29, 1927




Postal Administration



Confederation, 1867-1927

Series Time Span


Perforation or Dimension



Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.


Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz. Picture engraved by Edwin H. Gunn.

Original Artwork

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

About Stamp

During the summer of 1927, the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation was fittingly carried out. A committee appointed by the government in connection with the celebrations suggested a special issue of postage stamps to commemorate the occasion. The subjects of these commemorative stamps centred around the statesmen and the events they commemorated. The stamps were bilingual with the words "Postes" and "Post."

"The Fathers of Confederation," from a photograph of an original oil-painting by Robert Harris, C.M.G.

This subject was also used for the 3-cent brown of the Confederation Issue of 1917. Additional portions of the original painting adding eight delegates to the group are shown in this stamp. The figure of Sir John A. Macdonald stands in the centre, and is his second appearance on Canadian postage stamp issues of 1927.

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