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Ottawa, Conference, 1932

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue July 12, 1932
Year 1932
Quantity 500,000
Denomination
6¢ / 5¢
Perforation or Dimension 11
Series Ottawa, Conference, 1932
Series Time Span 1932
Printer British American Bank Note Company.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $54.00
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $37.00
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $17.00
M-H-VF Mint - Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Hinged - Very Fine $29.00
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $22.00
M-H-VG Mint - Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Hinged - Very Good $11.50
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $11.00
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $6.30
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $5.40
* Notes about these prices:
  • They are currently in beta mode, meaning that they should not be relied upon yet as a source of truth and could change frequently. Please notify CPS if you come across values that do not make sense.
  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

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.

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Reference

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

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