We finished our trick-or-treating, candy gluttony, and traditional watching of Buffy musical episode and Nightmare Before Christmas so as the kid finally comes down from her sugar high to get to sleep, I’ll post this year’s Halloween postcard:
It’s a postal card from Canada Post from a couple years ago. It was part of their series of stamps and postal cards commemorating ghost stories across Canada.
This one is of a haunting at the Banff Springs hotel, as described by Canada Post:
Employees and guests have reported seeing a figure with a long, flowing dress descending the stairs. She is believed to be a bride who tripped and fell to her death on her wedding day.
While the kiddies are asleep, unwrap some of their candies and enjoy this ghost story.
It was fifty years ago today that Canada got it’s current flag. Prior to that we had a version with a prominent Union Jack, which was generic like many former British colonies’ flags. Check out my postcard with our old flag.
Our new flag is rather iconic and we’re rather fond of it.
So in honour of our 50th anniversary of our flag, below is an unsent postal card from Canada Post.
“The word peace is printed in our 2 official languages and 21 other lanaguages of Canada as identified by Statistics Canada 1996 Census.”
Our federal government has put together a short patriotic video of our flag:
The government, in a surprisingly hip move for them, has also started a campaign, Share your Moment with the Flag” using the hastags #flag50 and #drapeau50 to encourage Canadian’s to post photos of themselves with the flag.
Happy Flag Day!
I got some awesome new postcards for Christmas this year. Well, I should say postal cards as they were issued by a postal service, Canada Post.
Here are a couple of my favourites of this batch.
Miss Supertest III was an award-winning powerboat. It won an international prize, the Harmsworth Trophy, for three years (1959-61) and was the first to beat American boats in 39 years. Canada Post and Globe & Mail have more of its history.
Here’s one from Canada Post’s Canadian country singers group:
Here’s Canada Post’s spiel on k.d. lang:
In a career that has spanned nearly 30 years, she has sold millions of records worldwide and won both JUNO and Grammy awards. A recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, lang is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.
This information would be great to put on the back. But Canada Post appears to never put anything on the back of their postal cards other than credits. As a collector, I have a constant craving for such information!
Although, Christmas has past – in just a few weeks it’ll be my birthday so maybe there will be more deltiological gifts to come.
I had a great day today as it was Doors Open in Toronto. Doors Open is a special event wherein normally closed buildings are opened to the public. We’ve been going since it started 15 years ago, but we never got to see one of Toronto’s architectural gems, the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant.
Considered the best example of industrial use of the art deco style in Canada, it’s not only an architectural gem but it’s also situated on a beautiful setting by Lake Ontario. And Undercover Brother and X-Men were shot there. So we eagerly went to see it today.
Here’s a postal card that Canada Post issued (along with a stamp) on the building:
The postal card is unsent. But I do have some of the pictures I took today of the plant:
Tomorrow is the anniversary of Superman‘s first appearance in Action Comics #1
Canada Post released stamps and ten postcards to honour Superman’s Canadian connection (one of his creators, Joe Shuster, was Canadian). I have posted the first batch of five Man of Steel postcards earlier, so in honour of Supes’ birthday here are five more…
Here’s how the back of these postcards look:
101 years ago today, the ship Titanic sank 600 kilometres off the coast of Canada. Halifax, Nova Scotia was the centre of recovery efforts, it’s also where many of the bodies found are buried. Halifax’s Maritime Museum has one of the largest collections of Titanic artefacts (read more here and here).
Last year, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking Canada Post released stamps and postcards. Here’s one of them:
This postcard, and one of the bow, are still available for sale from Canada Post. They provide details on the imagery:
This postcard shows the three propellers that were situated at the rear of the ship—two larger outer propellers and a smaller centre propeller.The postcard design offers a stunning illustration of the then largest man-made moving object in the world.
Today is the birthday of the first movie star, Mary Pickford born in 1892. The actress started in short silent films by D. W. Griffith, received the second best actress Oscar winner, and would become one of the most famous women in the world at the time.
Although she helped define early Hollywood, Pickford was was born in my hometown of Toronto, Ontario (the hospital for Sick Children now sits on the site of her former house). In addition to staring in many movies (see her IMDB profile), she was one of the co-founders of the United Artists studio.
In honour of her achievements and charitable work, Canada Post released a postage stamp and postcard of Mary Pickford:
Here’s Canada Post‘s description of the postcard:
Toronto-born Mary Pickford defined the concept of a movie star. In 1909, she appeared in her first film and found immediate success. ‘America’s Sweetheart’ beguiled viewers and became internationally renowned for the charming characters she portrayed on screen. This postage-paid postcard for mailing in Canada and around the world highlights her tremendous appeal in the early years of the silver screen.