Stamp cancellation honours concrete artist Charles Macdonald

Published on August 8, 2017

Ruth Legge, representing the Charles Macdonald House of Centreville Society, and Canada Post rep Geof Turner unveiled the new stamp cancellation on Aug. 2.

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CENTREVILLE, NS – The Centreville post office has a new cancellation stamp to honour artist Charles Macdonald.

Young Joe Macdonald attended the unveiling and took the opportunity to check out the concrete deer on the lawn of the Centreville museum.
Wendy Elliott

The image of a fawn was unveiled at the Concrete House Museum last week. The outline is one of many deer fashioned by Macdonald out of concrete.
Three stand on the lawn beside the museum. Now, outgoing mail from Centreville will carry a memento of Nova Scotia's Uncommon, Common Man.
Now the deer will travel the world to inform and remind people of Macdonald, said board member Ruth Legge.
She added that Macdonald was a great letter writer and sent postcards from all over the world during his time at sea.
Geof Turner, representing Canada Post at the launch, noted that the cancellation concept grew out of the 250th Planter anniversary cancellation.
He said that cancellations are important because they ensure that stamps cannot be reused and they establish where and when letters are mailed.
“As a kid I’d see the magical animals on the lawn,” Turner said, “now we’ve put some on a stamp so everyone can see.”
Kings Hants MP Scott Brison, although he could not be present, declared in a message that “too few people are familiar with this extraordinary Nova Scotian.”

Did you know?
The Charles Macdonald Concrete House was built in 1910 of reinforced concrete by Macdonald, who owned a cement factory in Kentville.
He had served as a ship’s carpenter from 1898 – 1908 and later became a committed socialist. Macdonald died in 1967, leaving the concrete home in the care of the community of Centreville.
Beginning in 1995, the Charles Macdonald House of Centreville Society has managed the property. A provincially registered heritage property, it is open seasonally.