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James F. Macleod

The Peacemakers

Title

James F. Macleod

Denomination

34¢

Date of Issue

September 5, 1986

Year

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The Design of the Crowfoot and MacLeod Stamps >
Originally, both Crowfoot and James Macleod were going to be commemorated on a single stamp. I had questioned the problem of who should go in the front or on top, which lead to the decision ...

Quantity

7,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

The Peacemakers

Series Time Span

1986

Perforation or Dimension

13 x 13.5

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Wanda Lewicka and Jean Morin.

About Stamp

The explosive conditions on the southwestern prairies in the 1870s could have led to war. Two men of great stature, Crowfoot and James Macleod, preserved the peace. James F. Macleod (1836-1894), lawyer, militiaman and Assistant Commissioner of the North West Mounted Police, arrived in the troubled area in 1874. He and his men expelled the whiskey traders and, despite the prejudices of the age, administrated the law with impartiality. Macleod thus gained Crowfoot's respect, confidence and friendship. The Blackfoot people consequently supported the Mounted Police, and signed a treaty with Canada in 1877.

The complex association of Crowfoot and Macleod has been captured by Montreal graphic designers Wanda Lewicka and Jean Morin in a pair of se tenant stamp which connect opposing portraits of the two men on a common background. The designs are based on photographs in the collection of the Glenbow Archives. The photograph of Crowfoot was taken by Alexander Ross in 1887.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1986.

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