Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dogsled mail

Canadian dog sled and barrel mail stamps

As further proof that I need to continue the blog posts about great stamps, a Canadian blog reader sent me a fine letter with these great Canadian meta-mail stamps showing historical mail delivery methods in the hinterlands of our neighbor to the north. I think they are a new release? He explained them quite nicely, so I shall quote him directly:

The first stamp tells the story of the winter of 1910 in the Magdalen Islands. A telegraph cable snapped and left the inhabitants cut off, so they put their mail in that barrel, rigged a sail to it, and sent it off with a letter asking the finder to mail it. The second stamp shows a dog sled carrying mail, which until airmail was the only reliable method in northern Canada. It was still used regularly until the 1960s, and it's still possible to have mail delivered this way by the Gold Rush Trail Dogsled Mail Run in January!

Wow. So incredibly cool. And I am so very delighted to have received these stamps firsthand!

So... anybody ever had mail delivered via the Gold Rush Trail Dogsled Mail Run?


  1. There is simply nothing as great as real snail mail! One of the best things aout snail mail - aside from the best firm of communication is that you get to see so many great stamps

  2. That was from me! I don't remember if I mentioned it in the letter, but that description of the stamps was paraphrased from the Canada Post website, so I can't take the credit for it.

  3. Thanks for the info, Jay - and for the lovely letter! I generally try to respect senders' privacy and not reveal their names unless I know them well enough to know they don't mind. But you're always welcome to take credit. :-) There is a response on its way to you now, although it's not via dogsled mail...

  4. These stamps are awesome. I sometimes enjoy the stamps as much as the postcards I receive through postcrossing. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for the reply, and the great stamps. I'm so glad it arrived before the postal strike on Friday. It may amuse you to hear that the stamps weren't canceled, but the airmail sticker on the bottom was!

  6. Jay - eek on the postal strike! I hope it doesn't last very long.
    I've seen a lot of odd cancellations and lack thereof; amusing that the sticker got it instead of the stamps.