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Halifax Explosion


Halifax Explosion



Date of Issue

November 6, 2017




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension

32 mm x 32 mm


Colour Innovations


Design: Burke & Burke | Illustration: Mike Little | Photos: Courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives and The Chronicle Herald; Adam Hartling, courtesy of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.


Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 140,000
Original Price: $8.50
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 32 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russel

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 9,000
Cancellation Location: Halifax NS
Original Price: $1.85
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russel

About Stamp

This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the tragic Halifax Explosion and depicts the aftermath of a collision between two ships in the Halifax Harbour Narrows on the morning of December 6, 1917. One of the two, the French vessel Mont-Blanc, was laden with volatile explosives. The stricken Mont-Blanc caught fire and drifted toward shore, where it exploded. The massive blast caused nearly 2,000 deaths, 9,000 injuries, and millions of dollars in damage. At the time, it was the largest man-made explosion in history. This issue also salutes the resilience of the Haligonians who rebuilt their city from the ashes.

This unique stamp from Halifax-based Burke & Burke Design combines the scene of the fateful collision with the dramatic front page from the following day's Halifax Herald. Halifax was a bustling port supplying Canada’s efforts in the First World War in 1917. The blast occurred when a fire detonated munitions aboard the French ship Mont-Blanc after it struck the Imo, a Norwegian cargo ship.

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