Releases World's First
Christmas Stamp - 1898
David L. Newman
a licking and keeps on sticking...
1840, the Penny Black started the most popular hobby on earth. This
was the world's first adhesive postage stamp and was issued by Great
Britain. Before this point, postmasters would write the amount paid
in postage on the envelope or hand stamp the envelope "PAID" or
a combination thereof. Once the postal administrators of other countries
saw how well the adhesive stamp worked they started to issue their
own stamps. Canada's first stamp was the 3 penny Beaver, designed
by Sir Sanford Fleming and issued in 1851. For almost sixty years
in the world thought to issue a Christmas stamp until December 7,
1898, when Canada issued what is known by philatelists (stamp collectors)
as the"Map Stamp". Designed by William Mulock, the Postmaster General
of Canada, the stamp shows the earth as if it were flat. The countries
that were dependencies of Great Britain were printed in red. 20,000,000
stamps were issued; half with blue oceans and the other half with
a green ocean look. Why, is not known. Along the bottom of the stamp
was the slogan,"WE HOLD A VASTER EMPIRE THAN HAS BEEN". At that
time Britain held the largest empire on earth.
only clue that this is a Christmas stamp is the word XMAS1898 near
the bottom centre of the stamp. No Santa, reindeer, or wreathes.
years passed before Canada issued another Christmas stamp. In 1964
Canada Post issued a red (3 cent) and a blue (5 cent) stamp with
a family featured on each. After that, Canada Post made it a tradition
to issue Christmas stamps.
you would like to learn more about Canada's First Christmas stamp
or, how you can start stamp collecting, come to an Essex County
Stamp Club meeting. We welcome visitors including beginners to advanced
collectors. Meetings are held at Glenwood Church, 1825 Grand Marais
West, Windsor at 7 pm. Second & fourth Wednesdays of the month
except July, August & December.