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Pony rider
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A photograph of a pony rider who delivered 300 letters during Stamp Day in Richmond Hill.
Nineteen hundred and fifty one being the one hundredth anniversary of the first Stamps issued in Canada, the Canadian Philathetic Society held a convention in the automotive building, Exhibition Grounds on September 21-29.
New stamps were issued to show the various ways in which mail had been transported by runner, horseback, stage coach, trains and airplane. In connection with this, mail left Richmond Hill Post Office by all the methods on Sept. 25th and 27th with their destination "Capo", a post office at the exhibition.
On Sunday, Sept. 25th, a train with an old wood burner engine left Richmond Hill station with 2,000 special envelopes and stamps. On Tuesday, Sept. 27th the Old John Thompson Stage Coach which used to run between Toronto and Richmond Hill and which has been rebuilt by the Toronto transportation commission, driven by men in authentic clothing left at nine o’clock with another 1,000 letters. At ten o'clock the pony rider received 300 letters in saddle bags. The runner failing to show up, Bruce Murchison, a pupil at Richmond Hill District High School volunteered carry the next mail out and he also took 300 letters. At 1:30 a helicopter landed in the Park, and he was given the last 3,000 letters to be carried to "Capo".
These envelopes would all be sold to collectors, a complete set worth $10.00.
Date of Original
21 Sep 1951
Width: 6.8 cm
Height: 8.2 cm
Richmond Hill Public Library. Tweedsmuir History Collection
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Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.87111 Longitude: -79.43725
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Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Pony rider

A photograph of a pony rider who delivered 300 letters during Stamp Day in Richmond Hill.