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Title

Air

Denomination

Date of Issue

September 21, 1928

Year

Quantity

5,050,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

12

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Picture engraved by Silas Robert Allen. Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz.

About Stamp

In conjunction with the regular sovereign and pictorial issue of 1928, the Department issued Canada's first airmail stamp. The inauguration of official airmail services and the necessity of providing a means of readily identifying airmail made this step necessary. This first officially issued airmail stamp of Canada was symbolic and pictorial in character. It was released at a time of intensive activity in Canadian airmail development when service was reaching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and into the far northern regions.

Air Mail

An allegory of flight, from a drawing by a staff artist of the Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited. Two winged figures, symbolic of flight, are poised against a globe representing the northern half of the western hemisphere, on which is indicated in shaded outline a map of Canada. The subject is classical and has been treated with a geographical background.

Reference

Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 131.

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