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|Canadian local post is a pretty obscure subject, but does none the
less exist as a recognized part of Canadian Philately.
Kaulbach Island, a tiny spot located in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia,
(within the red square on the map), a mile offshore of Halifax and the
village of Indian Point, is a splendid example.
The island was acquired by its present owners in 1967, and
developed into a small scale rural retreat for vacationers. In
1971 the Local Carriage Service was established.
Now, one just doesn't set up a local carriage service in Canada
with the same ease that it can be done in the United States. There was
prolonged correspondence with the Canada Post Office, which finally resulted in
a ruling that the service could operate if
- the local carriage labels (being stamps, but not postal stamps) were
placed only on the back of envelopes, and
- each sheet must bear the slogan: "Not valid for the carriage of
mail by the Canada Post Office. To be used only in the Kaulbach Island
Local Carriage Service and may be placed only on the back of envelopes.
Use Canadian postal stamps on all mail for posting in Canada".
The below First Day Cover illustrates these regulations.
Canada 1972. The back of an FDC, showing how the local
stamps were affixed to the backside of the envelope. The cancellation
reads: "Kaulbach Island -- L.C.S. -- N.S."
"L.C.S." stands for Local Carriage Service.
It is interesting that the domestic rate for Canada at that time was 8c,
while the local carriage service was 18c. There is no date for the
cancellation of the local stamps, which is given on the cover's front.
The stamps depict famous Canadian paintings by (from left to
- Harold Beament (1898-1982): "South Side, St. John's",
belonging to the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa. Mr. Beament was a
Quebec painter and colleague of the Group
of Seven. He became president of the Royal Canadian Academy and was a
contributor to the War Museum during WWII.
- Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872): "Steamship Quebec",
belonging to the Collection of W.R. Franks, Toronto. Note that in
November 1972 Canada herself has issued a painting on stamp by Cornelius
Krieghoff, Scott # 610.
- Maurice Cullen (1866-1934): "The Old Ferry", belonging to
the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and
- John O'Brien (1831-1891): "Yacht Race, Halifax",
belonging to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
In my view all delightful and delicate paintings from an era
Canada 1972. The front of the same FDC of Kaulbach
Island Local Carriage Service. The stamp used for ordinary franking
within Canada is Scott # 561, issued on May 17, 1972. The person
depicted on the stamp is Count de Frontenac, who was the French Governor
General of "New France" (Quebec), and therefore an important
figure in Canadian history.
The cover is addressed to a recipient in Chester (Nova Scotia) and was first
day cancelled on July 22, 1972 (which was the day of issue of the local
carriage stamps on the back of the cover) in Chester. The cachet is an
image of the famous schooner "Bluenose"
a national symbol of Canada.
Since 1971 there has been an annual issue of
with two issues each in 1974 and 1977. The rate was 9c in 1971, doubled to
18c in 1972 (see the above cover), and raised to 25c in 1976. All stamps
are printed se-tenant, so that a number of full sets appears in each sheet.
Two sets of art stamps have been issued for Kaulbach
- 1972, as shown on the above first day cover, and
- 1978, as shown on this block of four stamps.
One stamp, particularly featuring "Bluenose",
was issued in the set released August 1978, together with stamps of
"Courageous", "Nippon Maru", and "HMS Rose".
The artists are unknown. The lower left stamp is "Bluenose".
The Kaulbach Island Local Carriage Service ceased operations in
1984 when the island was closed to tourists due to concerns about the increasing
damage to the island's ecology. So terminated, therefore, the need for Kaulbach
Island local stamps.