First Day Covers of Canada's 1937 Coronation Issue
First Day Covers of Canada’s 1937 Coronation Issue, 2014 by Dickinson, Gary. The first Canadian stamp issue to receive broad treatment by First Day Cover Manufacturers. Colour. Spiral, 60 pp.
After the death of King George V and the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, in 1937 Canada and the other countries of the British Empire were ready for some good news and celebration, which were provided by the coronation of King George VI.
Philatelically, the 1937 Coronation Issue was the turning point for First Day Cover (FDC) development in Canada. It was the first stamp issued by Canada which resulted in the production of more than 200 different cachets, far more than any previous stamp and rarely equaled in the years following. Canada’s commemorative stamp was issued on 10 May 1937, two days before the actual coronation.
First Day Covers of Canada’s 1937 Coronation Issue, the more than 200 different known FDCs are illustrated in separate chapters according to the style of cachet, eg those featuring the King alone, the Royal Family, words or pictures, crowns and other printed cachets and rubber stamped and hand made cachets, with a final chapter on First Day Postmarks.
“Since 2002, Gary has followed up on his interest in continuing education by serving as President of the Society for Learning in Retirement, a 700 member organization providing educational programs for seniors in the Central Okanagan. Gary has continued his association with Okanagan College by chairing its Central Okanagan Advisory Committee and serving on the Research Ethics Board. He was co-founder of the BNAPS FDC Study Group and is editor of its newsletter, First Impressions.