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Dominion of Canada Stamps

Issues of 1942-1948

No Canada stamps were issued between the middle of 1939 and the beginning of 1942.  With the World being embroiled in war at that time, the Dominion of Canada chose to issue a new portrait and pictorial definitive set of stamps, having a more patriotic theme.


The lower denomination portrait definitive postage stamps shown above were issued between 1942 and 1948.  The designs feature the portrait of King George VI in various types of military attire.

The sheet and booklet format stamps are perforated 12.

  • 1 C.  (1942 - Scott #249) - Green.
  • 2 C.  (1942 - Scott #250) - Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1942 - Scott #251) - Dark Carmine.
  • 3 C.  (1943 - Scott #252) - Rose Violet.
  • 4 C.  (1943 - Scott #254) - Dark Carmine.
  • 5 C.  (1932 - Scott #255) - Deep Blue.

The first group of horizontal coil stamps are perforated 8 vertically.

  • 1 C.  (1943 - Scott #263) - Green.
  • 2 C.  (1942 - Scott #264) - Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1942 - Scott #265) - Dark Carmine.
  • 3 C.  (1943 - Scott #266) - Rose Violet.
  • 4 C.  (1943 - Scott #267) - Dark Carmine.

The next group of horizontal coil stamps are perforated 9 1/2 vertically.

  • 1 C.  (1948 - Scott #278) - Green.
  • 2 C.  (1948 - Scott #279) - Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1948 - Scott #280) - Rose Violet.
  • 4 C.  (1948 - Scott #281) - Dark Carmine.


The pictorial definitive Canada stamps shown above were issued between 1942 and 1943.  The designs represent Canada's contributions to the Allied war effort.  They are all perforated 12.

Their descriptions are as follows:

  • 4 C.  (1942 - Scott #253) - Grain elevators.
  • 8 C.  (1942 - Scott #256) - Farming scene.
  • 10 C.  (1942 - Scott #257) - Parliament buildings, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 13 C.  (1942 - Scott #258) - "Ram" (training) tank.
  • 14 C.  (1943 - Scott #259) - "Ram" (training) tank.
  • 20 C.  (1942 - Scott #260) - Corvette (small lightly armed warship).
  • 50 C.  (1942 - Scott #261) - Munitions factory.
  • $ 1  (1942 - Scott #262) - Destroyer.


The six pictorial definitive Canada stamps shown above were issued on September 16, 1946, celebrating the Return to Peace after World War II They are all perforated 12.

Their descriptions are as follows:

  • 8 C.  (1946 - Scott #268) - Farming scene in Ontario.
  • 10 C.  (1946 - Scott #269) - Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories.
  • 14 C.  (1946 - Scott #270) - Hydroelectric station in Quebec.
  • 20 C.  (1946 - Scott #271) - Combine.
  • 50 C.  (1946 - Scott #272) - Logging in British Columbia.
  • $ 1  (1946 - Scott #273) - Train ferry to Prince Edward Island.





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This commemorative stamp (Scott #274) was issued March 3, 1947 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Alexander Graham Bell.


This 4 C. denomination commemorative stamp (Scott #275) was issued on July 1, 1947 to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and to mark the emergence of Canadian Citizenship.


The 4 C. denomination commemorative stamp (Scott #276) shown above was issued on February 16, 1948 to celebrate the Marriage of Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) to Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten (Prince Consort Phillip) on November 20, 1947.


This stamp (Scott #277) was issued on October 1, 1948 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Responsible Government in Canada, which would lead to the creation of the Dominion of Canada, less than 20 years later.

The design features portraits of Queen Victoria and King George VI, above the likeness of the Parliament Building in Ottawa Ontario.