Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary

Posted on Nov. 09, 2017 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

On December 6, 1917, the cargo ship Imo collided with Mont-Blanc, a French vessel loaded with explosives. The massive blast that followed resulted in nearly 2,000 deaths and widespread damage. Issued one month before the 100th anniversary of the disaster, this stamp commemorates the tragedy and the resilience of Haligonians, who rebuilt their city from ashes.

Designers Larry Burke and Anna Stredulinsky of Halifax’s Burke & Burke combined illustrations by Mike Little with the front page of the Halifax Herald from the day after the tragedy.

“The post-disaster front page portrayed the enormity, the devastation, the human tragedy of the day,” says Burke. “Little’s illustration of the moment just before the explosion completes the story of a disaster that instantly shattered our city.”

“My street was completely demolished in the explosion, and one person – whom I was surprised to discover shared my last name – perished in a nearby home,” explains Little. “Those discoveries made this stamp issue deeply personal.”

Stamp Specifications

HalifaxExplosion_Booklet
  • Product #: 414068111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $8.50
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Burke & Burke
  • Illustration: Mike Little | Photos: Courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives and The Chronicle Herald; Adam Hartling, courtesy of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
  • Quantity: 140,000
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HalifaxExplosion_OFDC
  • Product #: 414068131
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $1.85
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • OFDC Cancellation Location: Halifax NS
  • Design: Burke & Burke
  • Illustration: Mike Little | Photos: Courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives and The Chronicle Herald; Adam Hartling, courtesy of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 9,000
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