The third issue in the Canadian folklore series, issued on September 8, 1992, focuses on Canadian heroes whose feats have taken on legendary proportions. Everyone who buys chocolates in Canada is familiar with the name "Laura Secord". But not everyone is aware that there was a real Canadian heroine named Laura Secord. Born in 1775 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Laura Ingersoll moved to Canada with her family in 1795. She met and married local Queenston merchant James Secord in 1798. But the good times began to fade with the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Great Britain. On June 21, 1813, both her home and town were overtaken by American invaders. Overhearing the enemy's battle strategy, she decided she had to warn the British garrison at Beaver Dams. Since the roads would be too dangerous, she undertook a 20-mile trek by swamp, escarpment and woods. Following many near-fatal mishaps, she encountered a band of Caughnawaga Indians who guided her the rest of the way. Reaching the garrison with her story, the Americans surrendered after the Indians ambushed them on June 24. (Canadian Postal Archives)
(sorry about the small font...)
Designed by Ralph Tibbles
Based on illustrations by Deborah Drew-Brook
Based on illustrations by Allan Cormack
This 2013 issue was designed by Susan Scott who "consciously tried to avoid the 'sentimental' look of the earlier stamp in devising the latest postal tribute to Secord" and Montreal illustrator Suzanne Durenceau
There are no photographs of Laura Secord save for one taken when she was nearly 90 years of age, so the designers used photos of some of Laura's daughters who had similar facial features as inspiration and found a model to pose. Canada Post is pretty strict about the models used for stamps, so this mystery woman (who apparently is from Montreal) will always remain anonymous.
The second part on Laura Secord is under cemeteries tab. (this tabbing idea is a work in progress - does anyone have hints on how to transfer posts to new tab?)