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.