Robert A. Johnson collection [philatelic record, graphic material, textual record].

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    Fonds / Collection
    Type of material:
    Photographs, Stamps & stamp products, Textual material
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    • Robert A. Johnson collection
      Robert A. Johnson collection
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    51 postal covers.
    3 postage stamps.
    1 presentation set (12 postage stamps).
    1 photograph.
    1 p.
    1 block (4 postage stamps).
    Language of material:
    Scope and content:
    The collection consists of 56 philatelic items including 51 Canadian first flight postal covers including a few first day covers and postage stamps covering the period 1930 to 1979..

    The postal covers illustrate Canada's air mail routes of the 1930's when the Post Office Department initiated these inaugural flights between large and smaller towns all across the country.

    The collection includes 1 p. which documents the 1st man on the moon, July 20, 1969 (includes 1 postage stamp) and a document with a photograph of the Faichild Sekari monoplane (includes 2 postage stamps and 1 block of postage stamps). A presentation set includes 12 postage stamps.
    Creator / Provenance:
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Robert A. Johnson (1914-1995), philatelist, spent all of his working life in aviation and played a leading role in the manufacture of all of the Avro Canada projects and later with the de Havilland Aircraft.

    Born 12 April 1914, he was educated at Montreal Technical School. Apprenticed to Fairchild Aviation, he joined the RCAF Reserve Squadron in 1938. He began his professional career at National Steel Car Company (Malton). During the war, he was in charge of building the Avro Anson and the Lancaster. In 1945 he joined Avro Canada.

    After the cancellation of the Arrow project, he was retained by Avro at Malton, in 1961 becoming the European Sales representative on the CF-104 Starfighter. He was appointed staff assistant to the operations manager on the DC 9 contract in 1962 and deputy operation manager in 1964.

    Mr. Johnson remained at Malton as an executive with Douglas Aircraft of Canada, retiring in 1974.

    He was an active member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society and a Director for several years.

    He and his wife Mildred were married for close to 56 years. They had three sons -- Ron, Bryan, and Richard. Mr. Johnson passed away in 1995. "Fly past, the journal of the Aeronautical Historical Society of Canada"

    Mr. James C. Floyd, 288 Mill Rd., Suite B18, Toronto ON M9C 4X7. (416) 622-7789.
    Additional information:
    Custodial history:
    This small collection of covers was formed, over a number of years, by Mr. Robert A. Johnson. It was mounted in its present form and displayed at the Canadian Postal Museum as "Winged Messengers" from 1996 to 1999.
    Philatelic issue data:
    Canada and United States: various denominations.
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    Terms of use:
    copyright (philately): postage stamps belong to the respective postal administrations.
    Credit: Library andArchives Canada.

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