September 09, 2008 15:28 ET

Canada Post Revs Up With New McLaughlin Stamp

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2008) - On September 8, Canada Post issued a domestic rate (52 cents) stamp celebrating Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sam McLaughlin. This amazing visionary saw potential in the automotive industry long before others gave it a second thought.

Born in Enniskillen, Ontario, on September 8, 1871, Robert Samuel "Sam" McLaughlin began apprenticing as an upholsterer in his family's carriage factory at 16. At the age of 21, he became an official partner in the McLaughlin Carriage Works and was put in charge of designing carriages. Sam modernized his family company to join the "horseless-carriage" industry and, in 1907, the McLaughlin Motor Car Company was incorporated and subsequently sold to General Motors (GM). Under Sam's leadership, GM became Canada's leading car exporter and a key force in one of the world's largest industries.

McLaughlin's legacy extends far beyond cars. He established the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation, which donated nearly $200 million to organizations, charities and individuals across the country. For his involvement with the Ontario Regiment, he was named an Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel - a title that earned him the lifelong nickname, "Colonel Sam." Sam McLaughlin was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967. His former home in Oshawa was declared a National Historic Site in 1989 and is known as Parkwood, the R.S. McLaughlin Estate National Historic Site.

This commemorative stamp honouring Colonel Sam features a McLaughlin-Buick (circa 1912) driven by Joseph Mills (an early McLaughlin employee at the auto plant in Oshawa), alongside a photograph of a more mature McLaughlin. A duotone version of the image is reminiscent of the time period Sam revolutionized. The stamp also features the McLaughlin logo and the original motto, "One Grade Only and that's the Best!"

Canada Post first issued a McLaughlin stamp in August of 1993. The 86-cent stamp featured a McLaughlin-Buick Model 28-496. The same stamp was re-issued again in 1996 as part of a 25-stamp historic vehicles sheet for CAPEX 96, an international philatelic exhibition taking place in Toronto.

The 52-cent stamp measures 48 mm x 27 mm (horizontal) with 13+ perforations. Lowe-Martin printed 2 million stamps, which will be sold in panes of 16. The P.V.A. gum stamps will be printed using lithography in seven colours on Tullis Russell paper. They are general tagged on all sides. The Official First Day Cover will bear the cancel, "OSHAWA, ONTARIO."

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the Newsroom section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are in the Newsroom's Photo Centre. Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website,, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902 863-6550.


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