Canada's Churchill Memorial Issue


Essay                       issued stamp
Canada's postal tribute to Sir Winston Churchill was issued August 12, 1965, the 24th anniversary of the Atlantic Charter adopted by Churchill and President Roosevelt off the coast of Newfoundland. At left is an engraved essay prepared in May 1965. Unfortunately, the engraved design was not used, and the issued stamp on the right was printed by lithography. (Images Credit: Library and Archives Canada; Copyright: Canada Post Corporation)

In the era before Canada Post ran them out of business with "official" FDCs, private cachetmakers prospered in Canada, and first day covers of this issue are numerous. Here is a sampling of those FDCs.

Rosecraft



Rosecraft, begun in 1957 by Joseph C. Rosenbaum, was Canada's most popular cachet. The line was purchased by William Assad in 1967, but its business declined after the introduction official Canada Post FDCs in 1971. The last Rosecraft cachet was produced in 1974.

The Rosecraft Churchill cachet, like those produced by so many others, utilizes the Yousuf Karsh photo of Churchill taken in Ottawa in December 1941. The photo in the cachet is reversed so Churchill appears to be facing right; this was probably done to give the cover a balanced appearance, but it looks unnatural.



Rosecraft FDC with House of Commons postmark.



Churchill issue on Rosecraft general purpose cachet.

H & E



H & E was another popular cachet line, produced from 1955 to 1972. It too was a victim of competition from Canada Post.

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Cachetmaker unknown; please email with information.

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Cachetmaker unknown; please email with information.

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Unofficial first day postmark from Baysville, Ontario. Cachetmaker unknown; please email with information.

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Unofficial first day postmark from Vineland Station, Ontario. Cachetmaker unknown; please email with information.

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Cachetmaker unknown; please email with information.

Malcolm Dizer



Cachet features Churchill speaking to Canadian House of Commons on December 30, 1941. Immediately after the speech, Karsh took the portrait photo of Churchill that appears on the stamp.

C. George, Jr. III



This same design was used for the U.S. Churchill issue, with the "Dominion of Canada" ribbon replaced with "Memorial Issue" on the U.S. cachet.

Chickering/Jackson



This same design was used for the U.S. Churchill issue, with the "Canada" tablet replaced with "Honorary American Citizen" on the U.S. cachet.

Overseas Mailer



The rubber stamp "add-on" cachet is the identifying characteristic of Overseas Mailer cachets.

Alfred Boerger



Churchill issue on general purpose Canada cachet of Alfred Boerger, who produced U.S. FDCs for decades.

Schering Corporation



Pharmaceutical companies often created their own cachets and used FDCs to deliver advertising to doctors. This cover was created by the Canadian division of Schering Corporation, known today as Schering-Plough.

Churchill Society of Edmonton



Last, but certainly not least, is this cachet produced by the Sir Winston S. Churchill Society of Edmonton, Alberta. That group, affiliated with the International Churchill Society of Canada, is still active today. I believe these covers to be scarce.

Some information on this page is derived from "The International Demise of Private Cachetmaking -- Part II, Canada Post Office Cachets" by Bruce Perkins, FIRST DAYS, July 15, 2001.

Do you have more information on any of these covers? If so, please contact me!