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Toronto 175 Picture Postage Stamp – Get 'em Free or Roll Your Own

By HiMY SYeD

As part of the City of Toronto‘s 175th Anniversary year-long now-and-then celebrations, Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, unveiled a commemorative picture postage stamp.

“The 175th anniversary of the city’s incorporation from the Town of York to the City of Toronto is an important milestone in our city’s history;” said Mayor Miller.

“…Today’s unveiling of the 175th anniversary stamp is just another way we have marked this occasion. City Hall is an iconic Toronto building and by having this image on the stamp it not only represents the city’s incorporation, marking the first time the city had its own elected municipal government, it also represents our future as a leading city.”

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, chair of the 175th anniversary steering committee, said “as the 175th anniversary celebrations are coming to a close, the City wanted to make available a keepsake in the form of a stamp to remember this important anniversary.”

There are a few ways Torontonians can pick up their own stamp.4,000 stamps will be given away free with Tourism Toronto footing the bill:

  • One stamp each to the first 175 people who ask daily at the Canada Post booth at this weekend’s National Postage Stamp Show happening at Exhibition Place
  • 3,000 stamps available at the November 28, 2009’s Calvacade of Lights opening night at Nathan Phillips Square – Includes a special 175th anniversary postcard
  • The rest during the weekend of December 5 and 6 at seven of Toronto’s Historic Museums.

If you miss out on picking up the free postage, you can still roll you own.

175stampVisit the official Toronto 175 stamp page, download at high resolution the official image.

The picture is of the official 1965 opening ceremonies for the New City Hall.

Head over to picturepostage.ca and follow the instructions on uploading then creating and ordering your choice of sheets.

Rolling your own will set you back between $16.00 to $40.00 depending on volume and choosing either the 20 keepsake stamp sheet or the standard 40 stamp sheet.

The Toronto 175 stamp is good for domestic letters up to 30 grams in weight.

Ask any avid stamp collector though, and they’d likely suggest it’s even better to keep a few as a souvenir of this year’s 175th anniversary of the City of Toronto.

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