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Witched Canoe

Folklore, Folktales


Witched Canoe



Date of Issue

October 1, 1991




Postal Administration



Folklore, Folktales

Series Time Span


Perforation or Dimension

13.5 x 12.5


Ashton-Potter Limited.


Designed by Ralph Tibbles Based on illustrations by Allan Cormack Based on illustrations by Deborah Drew-Brook

About Stamp

The second set in a series of Canadian Folklore stamps will be issued on October 1, 1991 featuring folktales. These four colourful and entertaining stamps will launch October as Stamp Month in Canada. The next tale, The Witched Canoe/Chasse-galerie comes from Québec. Young boys hired by lumber firms had to spend New Year's in the bush when they would have preferred to be celebrating back home. But if the proper incantations were spoken, the Devil would make the canoe fly through the air at an incredible speed. The peril was that if during the trip the canoe touched a cross or anyone spoke the name of God, their souls would be forfeit to Satan. The return trip was the most eventful with a drunken sternsmen at the helm. The wild ride usually ended with the canoe slamming into a tree at camp, but without injury. Next spring, going home, the storyteller would reveal that the women he had risked his soul for, had married someone else. Designer Ralph Tibbles teamed up with illustrators Allan Cormack and Deborah Drew-Brook to create this year's Folktales stamps, as well as last year's Legendary Creatures stamps.
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Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 3, 1991, p. 11-13.

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