Canadian Postal Corps uniform button Lot #1
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You are viewing the scans for a Canadian Postal Corps uniform button. Made of brass and still in excellent condition with its original roundel type attachment in good order. Hallmarked "JR Gaunt & Sons, Montreal" meaning they were made in Canada, but it also says in the hallmark that they were made in England ???. Used by the transition from the Canadian Army when they were in charge of postal services to the non-military nature that it took on..
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Most likely the buttons were made in the 1950's. The Postal organization got its start as a military unit, and operated as such, with efficiency and pride of service. ("Nor rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, will stop us from our appointed rounds.") Established 3 May 1911 as The Canadian Postal Corps, they were disbanded some time after the unification of The Canadian Forces in 1968. The crown added the prestigious "Royal" designation to their name in 1961, but less than a decade later, thanks to the socialist leanings of the Liberals and Trudeau I, as well as disruptive unions, the postal service lost its military nature, and became the questionable, expensive, and inefficient organization it is today, eventually being privatized to a great degree, again by Liberals, until it was unrecognizable when compared to the prestigious corps that it was originally. Interestingly it also got a lot more expensive too. Remember the 5 cent stamps of the '60's. It now costs a staggering $.95 to mail letter. If we compare car prices from that time; under the same inflationary results, a $4000 regular Chevy car in 1965 would cost 19 times more or over $76,000 today. More than twice what they are currently worth... NOW DON'T GO "POSTAL" OVER THIS!