Canada Post has released an exclusive collection of stamps showcasing several iconic Canadian carousels, and the Bowness Carousel in Calgary's Heritage Park is one of those featured in the collection.
"The Bowness Carousel is the only carousel from Alberta, and only one of two in Western Canada, to be chosen for the one-of-a-kind collection," according to a press release by Heritage Park. "By spending the majority of its life in Calgary, the Carousel has become an iconic and interactive piece of history, allowing long-time Calgarians and visitors alike to reminisce about how times have changed, but also about what has stayed consistent."
Built in 1904 by the Herschell-Spill Company in New York, the Bowness Carousel was also featured in Louisville, Kentucky and Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba before being sold to the Calgary Railway Corporation in 1919.
"In addition to the upcoming stamp collection, the Carousel has also had its historical significance recognized in 2021 when it was awarded the Historic Carousel Award by the National Carousel Association. This award is given in recognition of the historical significance and innate quality of character."
Other carousels in the Canada Post stamp collection include The Lakeside Park Carousel, the C.W. Parker Carousel No. 119, Le Galopant, and the Roseneath Carousel. The Roseneath carousel is the only Canadian carousel to receive the National Carousel Association Historic Carousel Award.
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