Reader impressed by commemorative stamp
In the midst of widespread controversy concerning Canada Post’s plan to cancel home delivery to select areas of the province, the Government of Canada on Oct.1 issued a new permanent commemorative stamp.
Needing some stamps, I recently visited our local post office and purchased a book of 10. What normally is routine stuff for me turned out to be a red-letter day. I soon found I had just purchased one of the most magnificent and poignant postage stamps I ever saw.
By way of explanation, on October 1, 1940, Claude Dettloff, staff photographer for the Vancouver Daily Province newspaper, was photographing soldiers from the British Columbia Regiment Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles (6th DECOR) as they marched down a main thoroughfare to a waiting ship to carry them off to do battle during the Second World War.
Suddenly, Warren “Whitey” Bernard, a white-haired five-year old boy, escaped his mother’s grasp and raced to his father in the marching line. Photographer Dettloff clicked the shutter on the poignant scene, creating what would become “Wait for Me Daddy,” the most famous Canadian photograph of the Second World War and one of the most recognized of all war photos.
I would predict that this particular stamp will be a collector’s special (I for one will save some of mine). In the midst of daily criticism towards Canada Post comes a postage stamp we can all be proud of. It is world class. It is Canadian. It is well worth buying. Congratulations to Claude Dettloff (who is still living I understand), to Canada Post and to others involved for this precious piece of Canadiana.
If you haven’t seen the new stamp yet, you are in for a real treat next time you need postage stamps. The special image will brighten your day.