FDC Specialist - Vol. 1 No. 2 - August 1984


In an effort to facilitate the exchange of information between FDC collectors, an attempt will be made to organize and standardize the numbering of Canadian First Day Covers.

A two-letter code will be used to designate the Cachet Makers. For example CP could be used for Canada Post, RC for Rose Craft, NR for NR Covers, etc... An uncacheted cover would be designated as ZZ, MS followed by a number would designate unidentified Cachet Makers. If a variety exists on a specific cachet, such as a difference in color, the Maker code would be followed by a small v and a number.

The Maker Code would be followed by a standard catalogue number, such as Scott, Canada Specialized, Yvert Tellier, etc... which would have to be specified by the writer.

The Stamp configurations on the cover would be designate as follows:

  • S = Single stamp
  • P = Pair
  • BL4 = Block of 4
  • MB4 = Marginal Block of
  • PB4 = Plate Block of 4; followed by UL, UR, LL , LR to designate the position of the plate block
  • SP4 = Strip of 4 (in the case of coil stamps)
  • C = Combination Cover (one of each stamp issued on that date)
  • M = Misc. configuration of stamps
  • ST4 = Se-tenant strip of 4

The addressing on the envelope would be designated as follows;

  • U = Unaddressed
  • AT = Typewritten address
  • AS = Rubber Stamped address
  • AI = Addressed in ink
  • AL = label address

An example of a listing would be: CP-553v-PBUL-U and would translate as follows:
Canada Post cachet for Scott Cat# 553v (Line on Tepee variety) bearing an Upper Left Plate Block and being Unaddressed.

Any comments on this proposed numbering system would be greatly appreciated.


With this issue, we will begin a series which will attempt to catalogue the various cachets which have appeared over the years to commemorate the various issues of Canadian Postage Stamps. Early cachets were made by Stamp Clubs, Stamp Dealers, Private Firms and individuals. Commercial Cachet Makers began making their appearances in the 1940's. As many of the early cachets were unidentified, an attempt wil be made through this journal to try and identify as many as possible prior to cataloguing.

On April 14, 1971, Canada Post began to issue their own Official First Day Covers. The first cover was made for the "Maple in Spring" issue, Scott #535 designed by Miss Alma Duncan, who also designed the "Summer", "Fall" and "Winter" Maple Stamps. The covers for these were designed by William Rueter of Toronto, and a limited edition of 50,000 were produced.

The Canada Post Cachets being the most readily available at the moment, we will begin our cataloguing efforts with these.

This and future issues may be combined to form a complete catalogue and price list list of Canada Post Cachets. At the beginning of each year, an update will be made of all the issues of the previous year. Price revisions will be made as required to reflect the current market.

All covers will be listed chronologically and the Scott Cat. No. will be used as a guide for identification of the stamps. Prices quoted are for clean unaddressed covers. Addressed covers (of which there are very few) sell for about 75% of these prices.

All comments with regards to additions, deletions or errors will be greatly appreciated.


Day of Issue M D Y Scott Cat. # Description Single Pair Block of 4 Plate Block
04 14 71 535 6¢ Maple in Spring 1.25 1.50 1.75 2.00
Canada Post did not issue First Day Covers for the Papineau and Hearne issues of May 7th, nor the Census and Radio Canada issues of June 1st.
06 16 71 536 6¢ Maple in Summer 1.25 1.50 1.75 2.00
06 16 71 v536 6¢ Maple in Summer 1.50 1.75 2.00 2.25
A variation exists on the official Ottawa cancellation for this issue. As on most issues for this period, the cancel on 536 reads 16 VI, 1971 on two consecutive lines whereas on v536, a line is skipped between 16 VI and 1971.
06 30 71 543 7¢ Transportation 1.00 1.25 1.50 1.75*
* Both plates 1 and 2 are available on cover for this issue.
07 20 71 552 7¢ Centenary of B.C. 1.00 1.25 1.50 1.75
08 11 71 553 7¢ Paul Kane 1.25 1.50 1.75 2.00
08 11 71 553v 7¢ Paul Kane, line on tepee 1.50 1.75 2.50 2.75
This variety appears on each stamp in the first vertical row of the sheet. Price quoted for pair is for one variety se-tenant with a normal stamp. Price quoted for block of 4 and plate block is for 2 stamps with the variety and 2 normal stamps. The UL and LL plate blocks contain the variety.
09 03 71 537 7¢ Maple in Autumn 1.25 1.50 1.75 2.00
10 06 71 554 6¢ Snowflake 1.00 1.25 1.50 1.75*
Both plates 1 and 2 are available on cover for this issue.
10 06 71 555 7¢ Snowflake 1.00 1.25 1.50 1.75*
* Both plates 1 and 2 are available on cover for this issue.
10 06 71 556 10¢ Snowflake 1.50 2.00 3.25 3.50
10 06 71 557 15¢ Snowflake 1.50 2.00 3.00 3.25
10 06 71 554-7 Set on cover 2.25 - - -
554p to 557p with Winnipeg Tagging have been seen to exist on private cacheted covers but have not been reported on Canada Post cachets. These have therefore not been listed in this catalogue.

The first of a series of four stamps issued on the Naple Leaf, and issued during their respective season. The first of the series designed by, Miss Alma was the Maple Seeds in Spring and was issued April 14 , 1971. A quantity of 27,280M stamps was produced by Ashton-Potter.

The second in the series depicts the Maple Leaf in Summer and was issued June 16, 1971. A quantity of 26,440M stamps were produced by Ashton-Potter.

This variety in the indicia of the dater stamp is the only one which I know of in this era and has only been observed on the Canada Post cachets. The date and year on the normal issue are on two consecutive lines whereas on the variety, a line is skipped between the two.

On July 1st 1971, there was an increase in the first-class rate, which necessitated the issue of a new 7¢ definitive stamp. It features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Anthony Buckley (also reproduced on the cachet) and a scene depicting Canadian Transportation and Communications. The stamp designed by the Canadian Bank Note Co. was issued June 30, 1971 and a quantity of 271,445M stamps were made. These stamps were also produced with the Winnipeg two-bar tag but were not available on Canada Post FDC's. Contrary to what has been stated in specialized catalogues, both plates 1 and 2 were available on First Day cover from Canada Post.

This stamp, designed by E. Bethune was issued July 20, 1971 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of British Columbia's entry into Confederation. A quantity of 30,000M stamps was produced by Canadian Bank Note Co.

Issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Paul Kane, an Irish born artist recognized for his paintings of Indians and their way of life. The design by the British American Bank Note Co. features his painting "Indian Encampment on Lake Huron". The cachet features a portrait of Paul Kane. The stamp was issued August 11, 1971 and a quantity of 25,200M was produced by B.A.B.N.

The third stamp in this series, depicting the Maple Leaf in Fall was issued September 3, 1971. A quantity of 26,550M was produced by Ashton-Potter. The cachets for the first three issues form a composite picture. In fact, placed side by side it will be noted that the painting depicted moves progressively to the right.

CP554 to CP557
The same cachet was used by Canada Post to depict the 1971 series of Christmas Stamps. Designed by Lisi Levinsolim, the stamps feature snowflake crystals. This series of four stamps was issued October 6, 1971 and was printed by the Canadian Bank Note Co.

1927 60th Anniversary of Confederation.
A series of six stamps was issued June 29, 1927. These were designed by the Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd.
Scott # 141 1¢ Orange, Portrait of Sir John Alexander McDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1815. He came to Canada in 1820 and entered parliament in 1844, and in 1864 he took part in the conference on the proposal to confederate the provinces of British North America. After the British North America Act came into force on July lst, 1867, Sir John became the first prime minister of the Dominion of Canada.
Scott # 142 2¢ Green, "The Fathers of Confederation" from a photograph of an original oil-painting by Robert Harris. The original painting was unfortunately destroyed in the burning of the Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, in 1916.
Scott # 143 3¢ Carmine, The Centre Block of the Federal Parliament Buildings. The building contains the House of Commons, the Senate, and parliamentary offices. The Peace Tower, dominating the building, contains the Memorial Chamber which commemorates Canada's dead in two World Wars.
Scott # 144 5¢ Violet, Portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, born in St. Lin, Quebec in 1541, he entered Parliament in 1877 and became prime minister in 1896, He was knighted in 1897 Awhile attending the ceremonies in connection with the Diamond Jubilee of Queens Victoria's accession to the throne.
Scott # 145 12¢. Blue, Map of Canada showing the political boundaries in 1867 and 1927. The Dominion of Canada formed in 1867 is shown arainst a lighter background map of Canada of 1927.
Scott # E3 20¢ Orange, is the only commemorative special delivery stamp. It features five stages of rail transportation in Canada: a mounted mail courier, a dog-train, an express train, an ocean liner and two biplanes. The mountain peak in the background is a free rendering of Mont Cathedral, in Yoho National Park, Alberta. The stretch of land in the foreground suggests the Canadian prairies with the snow typifying the northern areas. The water is the great St. Lawrence waterway, and the train represents Canada's extensive transcontinental railway system.

Mr. George Eppstadt of Maxville, Ontario produced the first Canadian Cacheted First Day Covers for this issue and also for the Historical Issue of the same date. His four color cachet has a wide border of Maple Leaves with a Crest in the Upper Left side, beneath which appear the following three lines of text: 1867 - 1927; Canada's Jubilee; of Confederation. Stamp configurations on these covers are numerous, and an attempt will to made to list all of these after our study. They are also known with the Ottawa Flag Cancel for this issue and with the Maxville ???. ????? rubber stamp.

The cooperation of our readers is requested to complete this and other studies which will be made. You are therefore asked to submit clear photocopies of any and all First Day Covers in your collection prior to 1937. I wish to thank Mr. Maurice Malenfant, member #4 who has graciously supplied copies of the following Eppstadt Covers.

Note that this cover was addressed to Mr. A.C. Roessler, a U.S. producer of cacheted FDC's from 1925 to 1938.