On May 20, Canada Post is issuing a se-tenant (side-by-side) pair of nondenominated permanent-rate (currently 92¢) stamps commemorating the History of Radio in Canada.
The stamps commemorate Canada’s inaugural radio broadcast, which hit the airwaves a century ago on the evening of May 20, 1920. The radio program came from Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company’s studios in Montreal, Quebec, and was a closed broadcast for a Royal Society of Canada gathering at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. The show featured a live performance by soprano Dorothy Lutton.
The stamp designs list the 10 decades of radio from 1920 to 2020 on the outside edges. The stamp on the left shows headphones and a vintage radio microphone topped with the acronym “XWA,” which stands for Experimental Wireless Apparatus and is the call letters for the first commercial broadcast radio station in Canada.
The stamp on the right depicts a horn-shaped speaker, three bulbs, and a retro radio box with dials. Circular sound waves in the middle of the pair bring the two stamps together. Soapbox Design created the History of Radio in Canada stamps with illustrations by Oliver Burston.
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