Sunday, June 09, 2013

Ben Franklin on New Canadian Stamp Stirs Controversy

Canada's CTV News reports, "A new stamp to be issued by Canada Post Monday is already raising eyebrows for its depiction of famous American inventor, philosopher and founding father Benjamin Franklin. But officials say the tribute makes sense, if you know a little about Canadian postal history."

According to the report, "The stamp is being released to mark 250 years of postal service in Canada. Looking back at the service’s history, Canada Post notes that in 1753, Franklin, then Philadelphia Postmaster, was promoted to joint deputy postmaster general for the British colonies.He opened the first Canadian post office in Halifax to serve as a link between the Atlantic colonies and Britain, before going on to start mail service in Quebec."

To learn more about the controversy and watch a video, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 3:57 PM