Canada-U.S. Friendship Postcard and Stamps

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While bridges literally connect places, they also serve as a wonderful metaphor for connectedness between people and cultures.  I have a collection of old postcards depicting various Canadian bridges that I plan to post shortly.  Of these — especially during this week that includes the Canada Day and Independence Day holidays — the one that I feel best displays the connectedness idea is this postcard from around 1959 of the Thousand Islands International Bridge between southern Ontario and upstate New York.

The original holder of this card added a nice touch by including three very appropriate postage stamps to the front: the 4¢ Canadian and 5¢ American joint-issue stamps from 1959  marking that year’s opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and an older 1948 U.S. 3¢ Century of Friendship stamp, which fittingly shows a bridge between the two countries over the Niagara River (first spanned in 1848; additional background can be found here).

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Similar posts on O’Canada:

Cool Little Squares:  Vintage Canadian Postage Stamps

Ever Bustling Early 20th Century Toronto

Vintage Quebec:  Ox Carts, Dog Carts and Sleighs

 

13 responses

  1. I crossed that bridge on a long lazy trip to conference in Toronto with my daughter and a friend who was visiting from England. I think this is one of the most pleasant border crossings in the world.

  2. This port wouldn’t be very far from Niagara, which I’ve explored. Thank you for finding my blog today. I’m glad to know others with whom we celebrate beauty, non-traditional spirituality, literature, and patriotism in common. Canada Day was hard to celebrate for flooded regions of my province and Saskatchewan. May they feel secure and dry soon.

  3. Pingback: Vintage Bridge Scenes « O' Canada

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