O Christmas stamp! From Santa to a Huron Madonna, the story of the Christmas stamp is a story of Canada

OTTAWA – The story of the world’s first Christmas stamp begins in the summer of 1898, in London, England, with a Canadian, William Mulock.

Mulock, Canada’s postmaster general at the time, had joined his Commonwealth counterparts for a conference in the imperial capital, the goal of which was to establish a common postage rate across the Commonwealth.

While in London, Mulock found himself talking to Queen Victoria and told her about a new stamp he had in mind should that common rate be...

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