Toronto CN Tower Romanian stamp

That time the CN Tower was on a Romanian stamp

The CN Tower had its day in the sun over Romania thanks to something we think about less and less - the little picture on a stamp. Once upon a time snail mail was a huge deal in Toronto, but as it goes out of style (RIP) so will the stamps we kissed for good luck.

Yet in 1996 long before philatelists (stamp collectors, duh) had an inkling of how doomed their passion could become, something called the International Philatelic Libraries Association (IPLA) formed in Toronto at a party called the Capex 96 (the 1996 Canadian Philatelic Exhibition). And what a party it was - forty-five philatelic reps from twenty-five libraries in Canada, France, England, Germany, Finland, Cyprus, South Africa and more - including, one must assume, Romania - attended. Crashing a stamp convention is definitely on my bucket list.

Toronto CN Tower Romanian stamp

No record currently exists as to how crazy Capex 96 got (possibly a testament to how crazy things got), but Romania must have had fun because its Toronto-centric stamp is probably the best ever to feature this fine city, though we've posted some others below. They didn't even feel the need to add superfluous mountains (see below) or cute kitties.

Apparently the International Philatelic Libraries Association is still active on every continent, but if it is they must do all their business by snail-mail because their Google presence is almost enviably negligible. IPLA, what's up? Someone must remember this party.

As for other Toronto-centric stamps -- while the CN Tower also rather mysteriously appears surrounded by mountains on a Liberian $15 stamp from 2001, Toronto's urban landscape hasn't made an appearance on many Canadian stamps to date - that honour seems most often to go to Canada geese, Parliament Hill, and (ugh) the queen - but the Spadina streetcar was featured in 2013 as part of Canada Post's "Chinatown Gates" series, and a few others have popped up, including a Millennium Collection stamp that featured the good old CN Tower itself.

Here are some of Toronto's other philatelic appearances. You can also check out some (mostly terrible) fan-made stamps here on Zazzle. Obviously we at DrakeTO eagerly await the Drake stamp.

Toronto stamp

Mount Assiniboine & CN Tower, A Philatelic Tour of The World, 2001, Liberia, $15

Toronto stamp

Toronto neighbourhood, Ontario Street Scene, 1982, 60¢

Toronto stamp

Runnymede Library, 1989, $1

Toronto stamp

1867-1967 Toronto, Capital City of Ontario, 1967, 5¢ (Check out this City Hall stamp that never made the cut.)

Toronto stamp

CN Tower, The Millennium Collection, 2000, 46¢

Toronto stamp

Toronto Stock Exchange 1852-2002, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the TSX, 2002, 48¢

Toronto stamp

Chinatown gates - Zhong Hua Men Gateway Arch, 2013

Toronto stamp

Capex 87 Post Office (via Toronto's First Post Office)


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