Commemorative covers from 1897

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Commemorative covers from 1897

Special Event philately

Two envelopes or covers are shown here from Canada in 1897. Between them they illustrate the birth of a branch of stamp collecting that has spawned quite a modern industry.

The two cent green stamp is one of the first commemorative stamps ever issued. It was produced for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria which was the first event to be commemorated by specially commissioned stamps. The stamp is on a â??special eventâ?? cover from Victoria in British Columbia. Above the stamp on a plain cover is the first commemorative postmark ever made and it was again for the Diamond Jubilee as shown by the jubilee dates of 1837 -1897 that it displays.

So in 1897 in Canada, for the Diamond Jubilee, the idea was born to link a special stamp, cover and postmark. Unfortunately, the special cancellation was never used in British Columbia and so this special cover could never have had the special cancellation. But it is possible to find linked special covers, stamps and cancels from Montreal; we are still looking. Nevertheless this picture reminds us of the Diamond Jubilee and the birth of modern â??Special Eventâ?? philately.

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