Search Provinces Series Blog About Contact

The Pacific Cable, Fleming

Communication Technology

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 31, 2002
Year 2002
Quantity 2,500,000
Denomination
48¢
Perforation or Dimension 13 x 12.5
Series Communication Technology
Series Time Span 2002
Printer Lowe-Martin Company Inc..
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.40
* Notes about these prices:
  • They are currently in beta mode, meaning that they should not be relied upon yet as a source of truth and could change frequently. Please notify CPS if you come across values that do not make sense.
  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

Hidden Date

Layouts

Pane of 16 stamps

Quantity Produced - 312,500
Original Price: $7.68
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 30 mm x 48 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 8 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Glace Bay NSBamfield BC
Original Price: $1.96
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 30 mm x 48 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 8 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

With the issue of a se-tenant pair of domestic rate ($0.48) stamps, Canada Post honours two significant events in the history of communications technology - on October 31, 1902, the Pacific Cable was opened, and on December 15th of the same year, Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio message across the Atlantic Ocean, from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, to Poldhu, England. The two stamps appear together in a pane of 16.

Pacific Cable Board
Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915) immigrated to Canada in 1845 and became one of our greatest railway surveyors and engineers. His 1879 proposal of an 'all-British' expanded telegraph route was agreed upon eventually and construction began on the line, which ran from the west coast of Vancouver Island across the ocean floor to the first relay station on Fanning Island, on to Fiji, Norfolk Island, Southport (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand). This enterprise operated under the name Pacific Cable Board. Bamfield (on the west side of Vancouver Island) was chosen as the ideal location for the cable station. The station was officially opened on October 31, 1902, and on the very next day the first 'world-circulating telegraph message' was delivered to Lord Minto, the Governor General of Canada, after circling the globe.

Trans-atlantic radio message
Born in Bologna, Italy, Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) is known for his pioneering work in radio (originally called 'radiotelegraphy,' 'wireless telegraphy,' or 'wireless'). In 1902, the 'Wizard of Wireless' built a station in Glace Bay, NS, on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic at Table Head.

Four wooden 200-foot-high latticework towers were arranged in a square, and it was from here on December 15th that the first trans-Atlantic radio message was transmitted to Poldhu, England. Marconi built a newer, more powerful station farther inland in 1905 at a location known since as Marconi Towers. Today, at Table Head, the Marconi National Historic Site displays photographs, artifacts and models detailing Marconi's life and work.

Coast-to-Coast Design
Featured on the right-hand Communications stamp is a portrait of Marconi in 1896 complimented by a postcard picture of Marconi Wireless Station in Glace Bay and Marconi's signature; and featured on the left-hand stamp is a portrait of Fleming surrounded by the cable ship Iris at Bamfield and Fleming's signature. Designer Susan Warr of Halifax positioned Marconi on the right, or Atlantic side, and Fleming on the left, or Pacific side, with a red line (reminiscent of the map-colour of the British Empire) joining the two. Bonnie Ross created the stylized map of Canada.

Creators

Based on an illustration by Bonnie Ross. Based on a photograph by William James Topley.
Connection to ebay failed! This is normally caused by AdBlockers. Disable your AdBlocker to see ebay results.
No direct matches found. Click on the button below to search related items.
Search ebay

Similar Stamps

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2002, p. 18-19.

Improve Stamp Information

Did you notice an error in this stamp's information?
Do you have any interesting information about this stamp that you would like to share?
Please click here to send us an email with the details.