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King George VI

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 15, 1949
Year 1949
Quantity 97,308,100
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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About Stamp

In 1949 the Post Office Department decided that the 1-cent to 5-cent stamps portraying His Majesty King George VI in the armed services' uniforms should be replaced by designs showing him in civilian dress. The manufacturers were instructed to omit the words, "postes" and "postage" to increase the artistic emphasis and simplicity of the portrait. Original plans for these stamps called for first day sale on 6th June, 1949, the day chosen officially to honour the birthday of King George VI. Shortly before the stamp were to go on sale, a change in plans required the words, "postes" and "postage" to be included in the designs although considerable quantities had been printed in the simplified form. The engravers revised the dies to include the English and French words for postage, and produced a new series of stamps. The five new stamps, referred to as the "Revised Designs," reproduced contemporary portraits of the King by Dorothy Wilding Portraits, Limited, London.

King George VI

Right profile portrait of His Majesty King George VI.


Portrait engraved by John Hay. Based on a photograph by Dorothy Wilding. Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz.

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Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 88.

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