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Dominion of Canada Stamps

Special Delivery Stamps

Special Delivery Canada stamps first appeared at the end of June 1898, and the new special delivery service was inaugurated on July 1, 1898.  The 19th Century and early 20th Century special delivery stamps are not expensive in used condition, however, examples on special delivery covers are extremely scarce.


The 10 C. denomination special delivery stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on June 28, 1898.

The 20 C. denomination special delivery stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on August 21, 1922.

Both of these Canada stamps were engraved, unwatermarked, and perforated 12

  • 10 C.  (1898 - Scott #E1) - Blue Green, Green, Yellow Green.
  • 20 C.  (1922 - Scott #E2) - Carmine, Scarlet.

The special delivery letter service, for which these two stamps paid, was only available within the boundaries of the cities where the letters were mailed.


The 20 C. denomination special delivery stamp (Scott #E3) shown above was issued on June 29, 1927 as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation commemorative stamp series.

The vignette features the Five Stages of Mail Transportation, with them being aircraft, train, ship, dog sled, and horseback.


The two special delivery Canada stamps shown above are the companion issues to the Arch and Maple Leaf pictorial definitive stamp series of 1930.

The 20 C. denomination special delivery stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on September 2, 1930.

The 20 C. denomination special delivery stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on December 24, 1933.

Both of these stamps are engraved and perforated 11.

  • 20 C.  (1930 - Scott #E4) - Henna Brown (Shades).
  • 20 C.  (1933 - Scott #E5) - Henna Brown (Shades).


The impressive looking special delivery stamp (Scott #E6) was issued on June 1, 1935 as a companion to the 1935 pictorial definitive postage stamp set.  This new special delivery stamp is perforated 12.

The design features the Allegory of Progress.


The two special delivery stamps shown above were issued between 1938 and 1939.

The new designs feature the Canadian Coat of Arms.

  • 10 C.  (1939 - Scott #E7) - Dark Green (Shades).
  • 20 C.  (1938 - Scott #E8) - Dark Carmine (Shades).


On March 1, 1939, supplies of the 20 C. denomination special delivery stamps of 1938 were overprinted and revalued, due to the need for 10 C. denomination special delivery stamps.

  • 10 C. on 20 C.  (1939 - Scott #E9) - Dark Carmine (Shades).


The 10 C. denomination special delivery stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on July 1, 1942.  This stamp was issued as part of the 1942 pictorial definitive postage stamp series celebrating the Canadian Contributions to the Allied War Effort.

The design of this stamp features flags, surrounding a shield containing the Canadian Coat of Arms.

  • 10 C.  (1942 - Scott #E10) - Green.

The final Canadian special delivery stamp, shown above at the right, was issued on September 16, 1946.  This is the companion issue to the 1946 peacetime pictorial definitive stamp series.

The design is similar to that of the 1942 stamp, but the flags have been replaced by a wreath, and the shield containing the Canadian Coat of Arms is different.

  • 10 C.  (1946 - Scott #E11) - Green.





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Canada special delivery official stamps were issued during 1950, by overprinting the special delivery stamps of 1946 (Scott #E11).


The first special delivery official stamp (Scott #EO1), was overprinted "O.H.M.S." (On His Majesty's Service).  It is shown above, at the top.

The second special delivery official stamp (Scott #EO2), was overprinted "G" (Government).  It is shown above, at the bottom.