The first Canadian definitive stamps with a portrait of King George V were issued in December 1911, and were in use for the next 17 years or so - longer than any other definitive set except the Small Queens. Stamp collectors call these stamps the Admirals because the portrait shows King George V dressed in his Admiral of the Fleet uniform.
During the Admiral era, Canadian stamps and their usage were affected by many factors. For example:
All of these factors combine to make the Admirals and their usage a most fascinating issue to study.
I feel a collector wishing to study the Admiral issue - or stamps of any other era, for that matter - should know the basics about printing processes, perforations, dies, paper, etc. Only by being knowledgeable in such matters will he/she be able to move forward in the study of these stamps and their uses. To that end, I've decided to write on different facets of the Admirals that I feel are important to the basic study of these stamps.
Special thanks to John Burnett for all his advice, suggestions, and encouragement and to Leopold Beaudet for his editorial work on revisions to this article.
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