Map Stamp dated December 16, 1898

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This example of a J.C. Wilson pioneer patriotic postcard of the WLS-P06 Type I bears a 2¢ Map Stamp postmarked with a Montreal Flag cancel dated December 16, 1898, mailed to Glasgow Scotland.

Maple Leaf For Ever to Italy

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A J.C. Wilson patriotic pioneer postcard mailed to Venice, Italy on January 6, 1900, has been added to the site. The WLS-P08 P-1 card, with a 2¢ QV Numeral stamp, bears a Venice receiving cancel dated January 30, 1900.

J.C. Wilson Ad on postcard

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This example of a J.C. Wilson ad for their patriotic envelopes occurs on the back of an Anglo-Saxon League patriotic postcard. As the card has not been postally used, the date is unknown, but would be at the outset of the publishing of J.C. Wilson’s line of patriotic envelopes, which seems to have lagged behind their postcards. The WLS-P06 Type II page has been updated to the current site format.

J.C. Wilson Sports No. 20

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A new instance from J.C. Wilson’s Sports series has been added. The new card is number 20 in the series, which expands the series by two cards from the previously know card 18. This card was postally used from Windsor, Ontario to Wilmington, Ohio, USA on August 23, 1900. The card shows Water Polo & Quoits as the featured sports.

J.C. Wilson Advertising

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A new page has been added featuring some of J.C. Wilson’s advertising mailing inserts, postcard-sized items which were likely added to envelopes to alert customers to new wares.

J.C. Wilson Samples

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This J.C. Wilson Rule Britannia cover was mailed to Stephens & Son In San Diego, California with a 1¢ QV Numeral stamp, cancelled wth a Montreal roller cancel, paying the rate for samples, rather than the 2¢ letter rate. The cover bears the rubber stamp “Samples from J.C. Wilson & Co. Montreal”. The back bears a partial receiver cancel. The Covers Rates page has been updated to the current web site format.

WLS-P02 Type I P-9

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A very scarce variety of the J.C. Wilson pioneer patriotic postcard, WLS-P02 Type I P-9, has been added. This variety has uncoloured address panels with rounded ends instead of square ends. The variety was not known to Henry Gates, but had been previously identified by another dedicated J.C. Wilson collector, and is something I have only recently acquired.

Boer War impact on Candians at home

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This example of the WLS-P09 Type I “Soldiers of the Queen” design has been used by St. Luke’s Church Bible Class, on Montreal on March 1st, 1900, commemorating the involvement of classmates injured in the Boer War. The card states:

“Fall In! Dear Friends, Scholars, Past and Present Members of the Class, will kindly attend at ___, on Sunday, March 4, to express our sympathy and admiration for the three members of the Class who fought in the late action at Paardeberg, South Africa. Two of the Scholars are reported wounded. Come, and bring a friend!Yours Sincerely, Henry J. Dart. God Save the Queen!”

A hand-written notation on the card notes “one has since died”.

Updated Flag That Braved Cover section

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The page on the WLS-E02 Type II, “The Flag That Braved” design, patriotic envelopes produced by J.C. Wilson & Co. have been updated to reflect the current site format.

Map Stamp dated December 26, 1898

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This J.C. Wilson patriotic postcard of The Flag That Braved design, WLS-P02 Type II, bears Canada’s first Christmas Stamp, the Map stamp. In this case, the postcard was postmarked December 26, 1898, tied with a Morris Street Halifax NS CDS postmark, and mailed to Cambridge Mass USA, thanking the recipient for “dainty & pretty” “Xmas gifts”.

The Canadian Post Office announced the availability of the Map Stamp on December 3rd, 1898. Early usage of the stamp on cover or postcard is quite rare. On December 25th, the Imperial Penny Postage Scheme came into effect, allowing postage of 2¢ per ounce on mail between Britain & the colonies.

It seemed fitting to post this card on the site 119 years to the day later.

WLS-P06 Type I update

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I’ve update the WLS-P06 Type I page to the current site format, and added a number of business use examples.

J.C. Wilson advertising postcard

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This example of a J.C. Wilson patriotic postcard shows a use by the company for promoting its patriotic postcard line to potential resellers. The text on the back of the card states: “Wilson’s Patriotic Cards & Envelopes; (4 designs) Cards $2.00 per 1000, Envelopes $3.00 per 1000, Sample 100 assorted sent by mail, post paid, 50¢”. The text appears on the back of the Anglo-Saxon design, WLS-P06 Type I, variety P-3, with the winking lion.

WLS-P01 Ad card

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A very nice copy of WLS-P01 has been added, postally used with a 1¢ Jubilee stamp with a Halifax squared circle postmark dated July 22, 1897, about a month after the first appearance of this J.C. Wilson postcard design. What makes this more interesting is the use of the card as a notification that W.B. Day would be visiting a potential customer of W. & C. Silver of Halifax, with a full range of their dry goods, mantles and clothing four days hence.

Patriotic Envelopes update

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I’ve expanded upon the WLS-E08 Type I, Maple Leaf For Ever listing with its conversion to the latest site format. I continue to tweak some of the other pages as I go.

Postcard Rates

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The Postcard Postal Rates page has been re-introduced in the current site format, with some new material added.

Overseas Destinations

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I’ve updated the page illustrating J.C. Wilson patriotic postcards with overseas destinations to the current site format, adding additional background to the cards when available.