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Title: Postcard - C.P.R. Steamer Manitoba
Identifier: 1998.1.106.1
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: c.1915
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A blank souvenir postcard depicting the C.P.R. Steamer 'Manitoba'. Along the left edge reads, 'Pub. By G.N. Artlett, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.'

History: The Canadian Pacific Railway Steamer 'Manitoba' was the first steel ship built in Canada, by Polson Iron Works, for the C.P.R.'s service between Owen Sound and Fort William. Captain James B. Symes, a prominent figure of the Great Lakes, commanded the "Manitoba' in 1872.

Postcards are quite collectible and have appraisal values based on specifics of the postcards. Information to note about a postcard is its publishing information, copyright dates, an artist's signature, a series number, and/or subject matter. Greeting postcards are especially worth noting, for specific holidays such as Valentine's Day, Hallowe'en, etc. For further research on the value of postcards, see J. L. Mashburn. ‘The Postcard Price Guide: A Comprehensive Reference’ Third Edition. Enka, North Carolina: Colonial House, 1997.

Depicting King Edward VII, this stamp was issued 1 July 1903. Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901, and steps were taken to create a new stamp bearing the likeness of His Majesty. This did not happen for over two years. 1,470,000,000 were printed by the American Bank Note Company in Ottawa. Through a suggestion by the Prince of Wales, a new die process was initiated for this stamp, and then for all subsequent stamps. Also, for the first time, the crown was placed on the regular issue of Canadian postage stamps, meant to be decorative and symbolic. Based on a die by John Augustus Charles Harrison, designed by J. A. Tilleard and Prince George, and based on a photograph by W. & D. Downey, this image of His Majesty was taken shortly after his coronation. ( – The Canadian Postal Archives, National Archives of Canada)
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