Sunday, March 26, 2017

air mail blue


First issued in 1952, this Canada Goose flying over water (possibly a Great Lake) on its way to the USA.  The airborne goose design was meant to suggest that it be used for air mail.
After 163,000,000 flights over 12 years, the blue goose was retired and replaced by this new jet. The aircraft is a composite of short and long range jets and doesn't represent any specific model. The airport buildings used the new Ottawa International Airport Terminal at Uplands which opened in 1960 as a model. 
The air mail rate to the States was 7 cents until July 1964 when it was increased to 8 cents. The 7 cent stamp was issued in March and in July the new rate increased was announced, so the remainder were overprinted until stock ran out and a new (identical) stamp for 8 cents was issued in November.

fly on over to Sunday Stamps for more flights of fancy

11 comments:

  1. Love these vintage stamps. There's something classic about the colors used. And I love the overprint - how cool to have that in your collection.

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    1. but the gum on the back sure tastes horrid....

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    1. I love that one. I hope my stamp dealer has more of them when I go back next month ;)

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  3. ,,,and how much does it cost today?

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  4. Who wouldn't want to be goosed by that first stamp.

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  5. How cool to see this Canada Goose flying over water! My interpretation of the theme was limited to airplanes and airports.

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  6. Superb Canada Goose stamp I can almost hear it honking.

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  7. Great info on the history of these stamps & their great design!

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