Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella and Sam

I started my teaching career many years ago as a reading teacher in Thailand, although that isn’t what I’d applied for. I was given an interview with a school director who asked me just two questions, one of which was based on a mention on my resume of a love of reading. It turned out the school was in desperate need of a reading teacher … Continue reading Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella and Sam

S.S. Royal William

Here we have another of the beautifully-engraved stamps that Canada released during the first half of the twentieth century that makes it a real joy to collect from that era. In my opinion, Scott #204 featuring the side-wheel paddle steamship Royal William of the Québec and Halifax Steam Navigation Company is nearly as beautiful as the famous Bluenose stamp of 1929 (Scott #158). It’s certainly … Continue reading S.S. Royal William

Jacques Cartier’s Voyages to Canada

On May 10, 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived off the coast of Newfoundland following a 20-day voyage from Saint-Malo, France, accompanied by two ships and 61 men. He had been commissioned by King François of France to search for a passage to Cathay (the Orient), either around or through the New World. If no route could be found, then Cartier was to seek out riches, … Continue reading Jacques Cartier’s Voyages to Canada

The Sinking of S.S. Caribou

S.S. Caribou was a Newfoundland Railway passenger ferry that ran between Port aux Basques, in the Dominion of Newfoundland, and North Sydney, Nova Scotia, between 1928 and 1942. During the Battle of the St. Lawrence, the ferry was attacked and sunk by the German submarine U-69 in October 1942, while traversing the Cabot Strait as part of her three weekly SPAB convoys. As a civilian … Continue reading The Sinking of S.S. Caribou

The Canada Goose

I’ve long felt that certain birds make excellent subjects for air mail stamps, particularly those that look majestic while in flight. I’d rather see birds such as the American bald eagle, Andean condor or peregrine falcon on an air mail stamp than most aircraft (exceptions being a certain upside-down Curtiss Jenny, The Spirit of St. Louis or a Wright 1903 Flyer). Today’s featured stamp portraying Canada … Continue reading The Canada Goose

The Bluenose

There are certain stamps that are well-known by their nickname rather than any catalogue number. Probably the best example of this is the very first postage stamp issued back in 1840, the “Penny Black” of Great Britain (Scott #1). Today’s stamp, the “Bluenose” of Canada is considered by many to be that country’s most beautiful stamp, possibly the most attractive issued by any nation., Scott … Continue reading The Bluenose

The Silver Dart Flies!

  On February 23, 1909, the Silver Dart took flight in Nova Scotia. This was not only the first controlled powered flight in Canada but also in the entire British Commonwealth. Because of the significance of this event to Canadians, February 23 is designated Canada’s National Aviation Day — an opportunity for the citizens of that nation to recognize their aviation pioneers and celebrate Canadians who … Continue reading The Silver Dart Flies!

Benjamin Franklin, Hugh Finlay and the Birth of the Canadian Post Office

Renowned polymath and “First American” Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, on Mill Street in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. He campaigned for colonial unity, initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies and was … Continue reading Benjamin Franklin, Hugh Finlay and the Birth of the Canadian Post Office