2017-10-11

New Bridgewater pictorial postmark unveiled at stamp club fair

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN PHOTO</p><p>Lloyd Tancock of the South Shore Stamp Club displays post marks to a September 25 meeting of Bridgewater town council. Pictorial postmarks depicting one of the town&#8217;s newest parks will be publicly unveiled later this month during the club&#8217;s annual fair.</p>
  • <p>A sample of a Pijinuiskaq Park post mark.</p>
  • <p>A sample of the Pijinuiskaq Park postage.</p>

Bridgewater's going to have a new pictorial postmark thanks to the efforts of local philatelists.

The new mark depicts King Street's Pijinuiskaq Park, one of the town's newest public spaces, and will be unveiled this month during the South Shore Stamp Club's annual fair.

"We're quite proud to have talked Canada Post into having this," said Lloyd Tancock, who spoke to a September 25 meeting of town council on behalf of the club.

The club decided on Pijinuiskaq Park because the King Street renovation and park development was a special accomplishment, Tancock indicated, and it seemed appropriate to acknowledge the event.

He said Bridgewater has had two postmarks in the past; One commemorating its centennial and another when, it along with other neighbouring municipalities, noted Lunenburg County was named the balsam fir Christmas tree capital of the world.

Postal history, such as envelope or postcard markings, are among items sought after by philatelists beyond stamps themselves.

The local stamp club - in existence for about 20 years - worked with Canada Post on the special postmark and it will be publicly available at the North Street, Bridgewater location starting October 28. Tancock said there's no immediate expiry date for the availability of the postmark.

The postmark will be launched during the October 28 fair at the Michelin Social Club, off Logan Road in Bridgewater's business park where the public can find exhibits of postage stamps and postal history from various stamp clubs

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but the ceremonial unveiling of the postmark is slated for 10:30 a.m.

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