Sunday, January 13, 2008

Lightkeeper spots stamp error

Canada's Times Colonist reports Canada Post will correct the image of the historic Pachena Point lighthouse off the West Coast Trail that had been flipped in a recently released stamp series.

The new stamp will likely not have the lightkeeper's house which is currently shown on the left and will instead feature more of the walkway and the ocean that are actually to the left of the lighthouse. The new stamp will still have the flag on the top left side.

Iain Colquhoun, who was the lightkeeper at Pachena Point for 10 years spotted the error which supposedly originated at the photography stock company that provided the image to Canada Post.

Jim Phillips, director of stamp services for Canada Post, is quoted in the article as saying the Crown corporation will correct the error when the package of 10 stamps is reprinted later this year, at a cost of about $10,000. As well, Canada Post has suspended the production of a package of 30 stamps -- which had yet to be issued -- in order to correct the image.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM