Stamp of ap­proval

Cupids 400 Inc. and Canada Post un­veil com­mem­o­ra­tive


On Aug. 17, Cupids 400 Inc. and Canada Post un­veiled an of­fi­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive stamp rec­og­niz­ing his­toric sig­nif­i­cance of Cupids.

In philatelic lan­guage, a com­mem­o­ra­tive is a stamp is­sued — usu­ally for a limited pe­riod — to mark a par­tic­u­lar event or an­niver­sary.

The event co­in­cided with the 400th an­niver­sary of the first English set­tle­ment in Canada.

The un­veil­ing took place in the Legacy Hall of the newly-opened Cupids Legacy Cen­tre.

Lloyd and Linda Kane un­veiled the stamp. Lloyd is vice chair of the board of di­rec­tors of Cupids400 Inc. Linda is the cu­ra­tor of the Cupids mu­seum.

The stamp fea­tures a back­drop of a por­tion of a seven­teenth-cen­tury map of the Avalon Penin­sula, com­piled by John Ma­son, John Guy’s suc­ces­sor as Pro­pri­etary Gover­nor of Cu­pers Cove.

The com­mem­o­ra­tive also fea­tures ar­ti­facts that have been un­earthed in ex­ca­va­tions of the plan­ta­tion site. Coins and glass and rare am­ber trad­ing beads adorn the stamp.

Mel Boone, a stamp col­lec­tor in Clarke’s Beach, said, “For a stamp to be launched in this area is kind of unique. We don’t of­ten find things hap­pen­ing lo­cally like this that ap­peals to ev­ery­one across the nation. It only hap­pens once or twice in one’s life­time. So it’s quite mean­ing­ful to me per­son­ally.”

The de­signer of the stamp, Steven Slipp of Semaphor De­sign, was present for the un­veil­ing.

Com­ment­ing on his de­sign, he re­ferred to am­ber beads Guy brought with him on his voy­age into Trin­ity Bay.

“ There’s no way of know­ing, but it’s pos­si­ble that he han­dled this bead,” he said.

Of in­ter­est to stamp col­lec­tors, Slipp was avail­able to sign of­fi­cial first-day cov­ers. In ad­di­tion, Canada Post of­fi­cials af­fixed the Cupids can­cel­la­tion to the first-day cov­ers for in­ter­ested phi­lat­e­lists.

The de­signer of the of­fi­cial Cupids com­mem­o­ra­tive, Steven Slipp, at­tended the event and signed of­fi­cial first day cov­ers for stamp col­lec­tors.

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