commemorating the 100th anniversary of The Atlas of Canada was
issued on 30 June 2006 Ottawa.
"Born in Ingersoll, Ontario, in 1863, James
White graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1883, and
took a job at the Geological Survey of Canada. In 1899, he transferred
to the Department of the Interior as its Geographer and created the
Office of Chief Geographer. In 1901, he published the first general
reference map of Canada, which was re-printed in 1903, 1905 and 1908,
a 50 sheet set of topographical maps called the Chief Geographer's
Series starting in 1903, and the first edition of the Atlas
of Canada, which was presented to the minister of the Interior
on June 30, 1906. At the time, no other country except Finland had
ever issued such a work. Six thousand copies were distributed to
institutions of higher education, public libraries, banks and
newspapers, in Canada and abroad, One hundred years later, the 6th
edition is online and includes more than 1,400 thematic, reference and
archive maps plus links to sites offering more detailed information.
The Atlas was printed in eight colors, a first for 1906.
"...the stamp depicts a
likeness of James White, a modern map of Canada, and a set of
proportional dividers." On the sheet a different pair of dividers,
part of a "Relief Map" and a satellite accompany 16 stamps, and part
of another map.