The Quebec Tercentenary Issue of 1908 - An Overview
Each stamp featured a scene from the early history of Quebec, members of the royal family, or a famous historical figure connected to the period. The stamps were issued on July 16, 1908 and were printed by the American Bank Note Company of Ottawa, which later became the Canadian Bank Note Company in 1923. The stamps were designed by Jose Antonio Machado. The vignettes were engraved by four different engravers, three of whom were new to the Canadian stamp engraving scene:
- The 1/2c value was engraved by Edward Gunn.
- The 2c, 5c, 15c and 20c values were engraved by Robert Savage.
- The 7c was engraved by Elie Timothee Loizeaux.
- The 10c was engraved by Charles Skinner.
The stamps were printed in sheets of 100 stamps.Very few intact sheets have survived the past 108 years and even plate blocks and multiples are very scarce.
The Stamps, Designs and Quantities Issued.
- Shade varieties
- Paper varieties
- Plate blocks and multiples
- Cancellations and postal history
- Proof material and imperforates
- Re-entries and cracked plates.
- Some stamps are printed on a paper that shows no clear mesh unless you were to hold the stamp up to the light, when the lattice pattern of the mesh becomes visible.
- Some stamps are printed on a paper that shows a clear lattice pattern with large "holes" in the lattice.
- Some stamps are printed on a paper that shows a clear lattice pattern where the holes in the lattice are much smaller.