THE  "XMAS 1898"  Inscription referred to the official  date of accepted usage.

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The location ofthe British colonies world-wide is indicated on the stamp in Red

 

         Canada Map Stamp - The World's First Xmas Stamp

A CENTRE  IMPERF BLOCK OF FOUR IN LIGHT BLUE


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In 1898 British Cabinet approved
The Imperial Penny Post
which Authorized a One PennyMail Rate Between all British Colonies around the Globe 

 Britain, which was ruled by Queen Victoria in 1898, had the largest Empire of any Nation with 48 Colonies world-wide. As the Map Stamp proclaimed
"A VASTER EMPIRE THAN HAS BEEN"     



TO CELEBRATE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT CANADA ISSUED A COMMEMORATIVE "TWO CENT" STAMP WHICH BECAME KNOWN AS THE

"CANADA MAP STAMP" 
&

"THE XMAS STAMP"


A  British North America Philatelic Society  
(B.N.A.P.S.)Study Group 

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