First Day Covers of the King George VI Definitive Issues of 1949-50
First Day Covers of the King George VI Definitive Issues of 1949-50, by Gary Dickinson, 2015. Spiral bound, 62 pages, 8.5 × 11, colour. ISBN: 978-1-927119-54-9. Published by BNAPS; Stock # B4h923-078-1. C$44.00.
The first post WWII stamps to show King George VI in civilian clothes appeared in late 1949 and were complicated by a design error. The words “Postes” and “Postage” were supposed to appear on the stamps to show Canada’s status as a bilingual country, but the first stamps printed lacked the words. This was quickly corrected and the words duly appeared, but it was then decided to issue the first set so as not to waste the money invested and paper used. One can image the variety of First Day Covers arising from such an unusual set of circumstances.
Dr. Gary Dickinson worked in British Columbia secondary schools, colleges, and universities for 35 years until he retired in 2001. The last 20 years were at Okanagan College and Okanagan University College where he served as South Okanagan Regional Director for five years and Dean of the Faculty of Adult and Continuing Education for 15 years. He was also Acting Vice-President, Academic for the year and a half prior to his retirement. 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. Gary and his wife Barbara have six grown children and were foster parents for 20 years.