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Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1947


Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1947


Date of Issue

March 3, 1947




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension



Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.


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

About Stamp

Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, a native of Edinburgh and inventor of the telephone, was born in 1847. After studying at the universities of Edinburgh and London he emigrated to Canada with his father, who like himself had studied speech and the methods of treating vocal defects. He settled at Paris, Ontario and later at "Tutela Heights," a community near Brantford, Ontario. During a visit to his parents' homestead in "Tutela Heights" in 1874 he invented the telephone. The first telephone was manufactured in 1875 in Boston, Mass., but Dr. Bell gave his first successful demonstration of transmitting speech (one way) over a telegraph wire between Brantford and Paris, Ont. In Boston Dr. Bell opened a school for teachers of the deaf and became Professor at the University.

Fame & Dr. Alexander Graham Bell

The stamp depicts a winged figure of Fame crowning the effigy of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. The symbolic figure and the portrait of Dr. Bell surmount a representation of the Western Hemisphere, indicating the main theatre of his activities. Dr. Bell's invention of the telephone is suggested by the poles with wires in background.

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