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Elsie MacGill

Canadians in Flight

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 27, 2019
Year 2019
Quantity 450,000
Series Canadians in Flight
Series Time Span 2019
Postal Administration Canada

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Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 200,000
Original Price: $9.00
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Pane of 5 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 50,000
Original Price: $4.50
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 160 mm x 180 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover (Set of 5)

Quantity Produced - 7,000
Original Price: $9.50

Official First Day Cover (Elsie MacGill)

Quantity Produced - 1,500
Cancellation Location: Vancouver BC
Original Price: $1.90

About Stamp

Vancouver-born Elizabeth Muriel Gregory (Elsie) MacGill was an aviation engineering pioneer in an era when women faced significant hurdles pursuing careers in science and technology. MacGill accomplished an astonishing number of firsts. She was the first woman in Canada to earn a degree in electrical engineering and is thought to be the first woman in the world to hold a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. She was recognized as the first female aeronautical engineer and professional aircraft designer in the world, the first woman elected to corporate membership in the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the first woman to chair a United Nations technical committee.

In 1938, MacGill was hired as chief aeronautical engineer at the Canadian Car and Foundry plant in Fort William, now Thunder Bay, Ontario. She designed all major components of the firm’s Maple Leaf Trainer II aircraft. During the Second World War, the manufacturer was contracted to supply the Royal Air Force with Hawker Hurricanes. MacGill guided their production and oversaw design refinements for a modular system that simplified construction, repair and parts replacement. MacGill, who was celebrated in a wartime comic book as “Queen of the Hurricanes,” later advocated for equal rights and served as an influential member of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

About Stamp Series

For millennia, we have looked skyward, longing to break the bonds of the earth to soar among the clouds. Canada has had its share of pioneers who bravely reached for the skies when flight was in its infancy or who used their gifts and vision to create new and better ways to fly. This stamp issue, designed by Ivan Novotny of Taylor|Sprules Corporation, celebrates three individuals and two aircraft that took Canadian aviation to new heights.


Design: Ivan Novotny, Taylor|Sprules Corporation. Photos: Stamp – Toronto Star; background – © Imperial War Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

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