Week 5 B -Graphics, Typography & Package Design

Week Ten Graphics, Typography & Package Design

4. Stamps and Currency

4.3. Canada Postage, XMAS, Ottawa, 1898

First Christmas Stamp

"Every new stamp had to be approved by Queen Victoria. When the Postmaster General of Great Britain, the Duke of Norfolk, presented her with with the model of the stamp shown here with Canada at the centre, the Duke of Norfolk noted that the stamp was to come out on the pince's birthday. Queen Victoria asked, 'Which prince do you mean?' The Duke of Norfolk replied, 'The Prince of Peace, Ma'am.'

So it was on December 25th, 1898, the Imperial Post was established and Canada became the first country in the world to issue a Christmas stamp, inscribed 'XMAS1898.' A second inscription underneath reads. 'We hold a vaster Empire than has been,' a phrase taken from a song composed by Sir Lewis Morris in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jublilee."