Charles Verge is the author of The 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway Joint Issue and its Invert and the recipient of many philatelic recognitions and awards.Please note: Mr. Verge was scheduled to speak at the museum but the lecture and webcast were CANCELED due to inclement weather. Stay tuned as we plan to re-schedule the lecture for spring or summer 2010.
Although they may lack physical beauty and monetary value, the 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway Opening stamps have tales to tell. Issued in both the US and Canada, hundreds of the Canadian versions of the stamps contained a printing error in which elements of the stamp are “inverted” in relation to one another. In a tale of intrigue and mystery, inverts were stolen, lost and recovered. Rumours circulated about how many, if any, were given to Queen Elizabeth II for The Royal Philatelic Collection. The lengths people went to in order to recover the “Inverts” they had posted is also a fascinating facet of the story.