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Wilbur Rounding Franks

Canadians in Flight

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 17, 2022
Year 2022
Quantity 390,000
Current monetary value: $0.92.
Series Canadians in Flight
Series Time Span 2019 - 2022
Postal Administration Canada

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Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 170,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Pane of 5 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 50,000
Original Purchase Price: $4.60
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 160 mm x 180 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Official First Day Cover – Set of Five

Quantity Produced - 7,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.60
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
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Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 1,500
Original Purchase Price: $1.92
Cancellation Location: Weston ON
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
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About Stamp

Born in Weston, Ontario, Dr. Wilbur Rounding Franks (1901-86) was conducting cancer research at the University of Toronto in 1939 when he joined Dr. Frederick Banting’s aviation medicine research team to study the life-threatening risks of high-speed aerial manoeuvres due to strong gravitational (G) forces. Franks developed – and personally tested – a rubber flying suit lined with water-filled pockets that created enough hydrostatic pressure to counter the G-forces. During the Second World War, it became the world’s first anti-gravity suit used in combat.

About Stamp Series

2019 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.

2022 Series

Ready for take-off on its return trip, the second edition of Canadians in Flight once again celebrates the people, planes and technologies that have allowed Canada’s reputation for innovation to soar. Since the early days of flight, Canadians have made global advances in the fields of aviation and aeronautics, with some contributions remaining the foundation for ongoing advancement in these fields.


Stamp Designer: Ivan Novotny, Taylor | Sprules Corporation.

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