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Jet Aircraft

Title

Jet Aircraft

Denomination

Date of Issue

March 11, 1964

Year

Quantity

26,420,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

12

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Harvey Thomas Prosser. Picture engraved by Yves Baril. Lettering engraved by Gordon Mash.

Hidden Date

This stamp has a hidden date on the left side of the building.

About Stamp

This new regular issue seven cent stamp, designed primarily for air mail letters to the United States, is the first Canadian postage stamp issue of 1964. It will replace the famous blue "Canada Goose" design which has been in use since 1952. More than 163,000,000 of the blue goose issues have been sold over the past twelve years, an average of some 13,000,000 stamps per year. The design of the new seven cent issue shows a modern inter-city jet aircraft taking off from a Canadian airport. The stamp is in blue similar to the Canada goose issue, and is of the intermediate size. The aircraft pictured in the new stamp is a composite of many modern short and long range jets and is not intended to represent any specific make or model. The airport buildings pictured in the stamp are patterned after the structure at Ottawa's International Air Terminal at Uplands which was opened to the public in 1960. The "blue goose", a very popular stamp with philatelists around the world, is being retired primarily because of the introduction last autumn of a new 15 cent postage stamp which also shows Canada geese in flight. It is not normal to maintain in use two regular issue stamps portraying similar subjects. In addition, the 12 year life of the blue goose issue is considered a normal term and the design becomes due for replacement. The stamp, designed by the Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, bears a flight motif. However, it is not specifically an air mail stamp. It will remain in stock and on sale for an indefinite period.

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Reference

Canada Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1964.

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