Canada Post announced they will issue on June 10th a new stamp celebrating 250 years of postal history.
In 1753, Philadelphia Postmaster Benjamin Franklin opened the first Canadian post office in Halifax. It linked the Atlantic colonies with Britain. But eventually, Franklin’s involvement with the growing revolt against the British Empire made it necessary for him to leave his post.
Hugh Finlay was confirmed as postmaster general at Québec in 1763. He arranged for a courier from Montréal to New York to reach the monthly packet sailing to Britain. By 1771, weekly service was available year round.
In 1833, the Quebec-built Royal William was the first steamer to carry mail across the Atlantic. Canada’s first railway line was established in 1836, and became quickly recognized as a way to carry mail faster and farther. In 1868, An Act for the Regulation of the Postal Service officially created Canada’s uniform postal system.
The stamp was designed by Andrew Perro, who tried to depict such a long, detailed history: “Realizing 250 years of Canadian postal history on a stamp is like trying to summarize it in one sentence – not easily done. Instead, the design focuses on the system’s early establishment and how it helped to shape Canada’s future.”