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John By

Canadian Colonels

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue May 11, 1979
Year 1979
Quantity 14,850,000
Perforation or Dimension 13.5
Series Canadian Colonels
Series Time Span 1979
Printer Ashton-Potter Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.35
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.20
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About Stamp

John By was born in England in 1779. He was commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1799, but soon transferred to the Royal Engineers. From 1802 to 1811 he worked in Canada on the fortifications of Quebec City and a canal at Les Cèdres. In 1826 the British government despatched him once again to Canada to supervise construction of the Rideau Canal. Military planners hoped the canal would guarantee communication between Montreal and Kingston in the event of war with the United States. Colonel By and his men overcame rapids, thick brush, swamps, flies and malaria to create the imposing monument which still exists today. The By stamp was designed by Theo Dimson who has chosen to show the man in a traditional silhouette profile.


Designed by Theo Dimson.

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Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1979.

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