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Posted 02/12/2018   4:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add dancer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
What is the signifigance of the letter G on Canadian stamps?


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Official stamps. I always assumed G stood for Government, but I don't know for sure. You might also find Canada stamps with OHMS as overprint or perfin. These are also official stamps. I assume OHMS stands for On His Majesty's Stationary.
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Service, not stationery,
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Posted 02/12/2018   5:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mount-this to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Geoff, thanks for the clarification.
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In 1949, perforation of Canada Stamps for official Government use was discontinued and the P.O. (Post Office) began overprinting "O.H.M.S." on stamps supplied to government offices. "O.H.M.S." was used for only one year, replaced by the single letter "G" in 1950. In 1963, Government offices stopped using "official stamps". (ref: Unitrade 2018, page 611)
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G = Gouvernement or Government, depending on which of the official languages you wish to use.
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There was a Canadian catalogue devoted only to the perforated O.H.M.S. I might add that the 5-hole types are harder to procure than the 4-hole types. The books I mentioned are: "Wrigley's Catalogue & Guidebook of Canadian Official Stamps 9th. Edition, Pub. J. & M.
Publishing, Vancouver, B.C. (year unknown), 71 pages and "Wrigley's Textbook & Guide to the Canadian Official Stamps, Pub. George S. Wegg, Toronto, Ontario 1963, 72 pages. These book are in my library.
The books I mentioned also listed the official overprinted types as well.

They also listed the different positions that are possible to find as well as varieties. In fact, they even have a brief historical outline on the 'black-out' cancellations that can be found on covers as well.

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I'm assuming OHMS stood for "On His/Her Majesty's Service," so was an official government stamp of some kind. Since this phrase is not known much outside the British Commonwealth, it's worth noting, I think.
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Yes Drew...that is what was posted in this thread and its history etc.
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