Search Provinces Series Blog About Contact

Air, Mercury

Ottawa, Conference, 1932


Air, Mercury


6¢ / 5¢

Date of Issue

July 12, 1932




Postal Administration



Ottawa, Conference, 1932

Series Time Span


Perforation or Dimension



British American Bank Note Company.

About Stamp

At the time of the Imperial Economic Conference of 1932, the Post Office Department, in co-operation with the military, naval, and civil aviation authorities, conducted a series of experimental airmail flights between Bradore Bay, on the Strait of Belle Isle, and Ottawa, via Montreal. The purpose of the flights was to demonstrate the time-saving qualities of airmail service with fast trans-Atlantic steamers using the St. Lawrence route to Europe. To mark the inaugural flight and further commemorate the Ottawa Conference, the Post Office Department arranged to surcharge to 6-cents a quantity of the 5-cent, brown, airmail stamps of the 1930 issue. This surcharge did not obscure the postage stamp design. The four blue horizontal bars obliterated the original figures of value.

Airmail Encircles the Globe

An allegory, "Airmail Encircles the Globe," from a drawing by a staff artist of the British American Bank Note Company, Limited. The figure of Mercury, mythical winged messenger of the gods, symbolizing airmail, is shown, with a scroll in his hand, against a globe outlining the western hemisphere. The design symbolizes the speed in postal communication by air post.

Connection to ebay failed! This is normally caused by AdBlockers. Disable your AdBlocker to see ebay results.
No direct matches found. Click on the button below to search related items.
Search ebay

Similar Stamps


Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 132-133.

Improve Stamp Information

Did you notice an error in this stamp's information?
Do you have any interesting information about this stamp that you would like to share?
Please click here to send us an email with the details.