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Prefabricated Housing

Housing in Canada

Title

Prefabricated Housing

Denomination

45¢

Date of Issue

September 23, 1998

Year

Quantity

1,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Housing in Canada

Series Time Span

1998

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13

Printer

Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.

Creators

Designed by Peter D.K. Scott. Designed by Glenda Rissman.

Layouts

Pane of 9 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Price: $4.05
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Set of 3 Official First Day Covers

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Ottawa ON
Original Price: $4.95
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Since the days when only Natives inhabited our vast land, Canadians have been adapting to their local environment, using locally available materials to construct dwellings and build communities. Today, Canada is recognized as a world leader in the housing.

Canada Post will issue a pane of nine domestic-rate Housing stamps this September. Each stamp focuses on one of Canada's celebrated housing structures, with images that evoke the social, environmental, cultural and technological contexts in which these homes were built.

Prefabricated Housing

Canada was an early leader both in the construction of homes from highly processed wood products, and in the advancement of prefabricated wood housing. The prefab homes introduced by the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company of Vancouver, were a significant contribution to the evolution of Canadian architecture. Prefabs existed before those of B.C. Mills, but these earlier efforts were flimsy and difficult to heat. B.C. Mills' superior offerings were shipped by rail, with pieces numbered and pre-painted. Buyers could assemble their homes in only a few days without professional assistance. Some of these dwellings still stand in Western Canada, mostly in the vicinity of Vancouver.

On the occasion of the Heritage Canada Foundation's 25th anniversary, Canada Post salutes its valuable efforts and recognizes, too, the more than 50 years of service which the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has provided to Canadian dwellers across the country.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 7, No. 5, 1998, p. 8, 11-12.

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