June 05, 2007 11:48 ET

Media Advisory/Canada Post: June 11 Re-Enactment to Mark Centenary of Letter Carrier Delivery in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - When Calgary established free postal delivery, the city's first seven letter carriers lined up in front of the post office to have their pictures taken and promptly started delivering mail at noon on June 11, 1907.

Canada Post will turn back the clock 100 years with a ceremony and re-enactment of the first letter carrier delivery in Calgary on Monday, June 11 shortly after noon. The ceremony will be held on the front steps and inside Historic City Hall, 704 - 2nd Street S.E., which was built between 1907 and 1911.

Starting at approximately 12:15 p.m. veteran letter carrier Mike McKee will retrace a small portion of the route originally covered by Calgary's first letter carrier, Herbert Rackham. Rackham's downtown route passed directly in front of Historic City Hall. Wearing a period uniform, McKee, a keen collector of local postal history, will present Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier with a special gift in honor of the centenary. Mayor Bronconnier, in turn, will issue a letter of recognition designating June 11 as Letter Carrier Day in Calgary.

Those in attendance will include the Mayor/designate, City Councillors, members of the Calgary Stamp Club, officials from Canada Post in Calgary and the Heritage Club, a group of long-service and retired Canada Post employees. The great-grandson of Calgary's first letter carrier - also a letter carrier - will be in attendance. The walk and outdoor ceremony will be followed by brief speeches and refreshments inside.

A picture of Historic City Hall is available at the following address:

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