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Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1947

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 3, 1947
Year 1947
Quantity 25,050,000
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.20
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $0.15
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $0.10
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $0.10
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.10
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $0.05
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $0.03
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About Stamp

Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, a native of Edinburgh and inventor of the telephone, was born in 1847. After studying at the universities of Edinburgh and London he emigrated to Canada with his father, who like himself had studied speech and the methods of treating vocal defects. He settled at Paris, Ontario and later at "Tutela Heights," a community near Brantford, Ontario. During a visit to his parents' homestead in "Tutela Heights" in 1874 he invented the telephone. The first telephone was manufactured in 1875 in Boston, Mass., but Dr. Bell gave his first successful demonstration of transmitting speech (one way) over a telegraph wire between Brantford and Paris, Ont. In Boston Dr. Bell opened a school for teachers of the deaf and became Professor at the University.

Fame & Dr. Alexander Graham Bell

The stamp depicts a winged figure of Fame crowning the effigy of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. The symbolic figure and the portrait of Dr. Bell surmount a representation of the Western Hemisphere, indicating the main theatre of his activities. Dr. Bell's invention of the telephone is suggested by the poles with wires in background.


Picture engraved by Silas Robert Allen. Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz.

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