British Columbia Confederation 1871 7¢

© Canada Post Corporation {1971}. Reproduced with Permission

In 1971, British Columbia celebrated 100 years since entering confederation. “E. R. C. Berthune, a native of Kamloops, British Columbia, creator of the B.C. stamp, sought to convey a “now” celebration with inspiration from memories of boyhood days and parades in which bicycles were decorated by strips of coloured paper. His work represents an abstraction of British Columbia joining the new nation of Canada.”

This year BC celebrates an anniversary of a different sort – a sesquicentennial – 150 years since forming the Colony of British Columbia in 1858. As part of the celebrations, the BC 150 Applied Arts Project is collecting and presenting notable examples of BC’s material culture. From architecture to graphic design, to the personal effects of notable British Columbians, there’s a ton of great stuff (including an example of this stamp on a first day of issue commemorative envelope).

Source: Canada Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1971

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