Place Published: Ottawa
Date Published: 1954
Binding: No binding
5-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch empty envelope (no letter), fine condition. Prime Minister Louis St Laurent, initialled in lower left, Ottawa Oct 22, 1954 Ontario Canada "FREE" on Prime Minister's House, 24 Sussex Street, Ottawa envelope. This envelope was initialed by St. Laurent while he was "in-office" as Prime Minister of Canada. A nice and different St. Laurent collectable.
Free Frank: The phrase franking is derived from the Latin word "francus" meaning free.
In Canada, the monarch, the Governor General, members of the Canadian Senate, members of the House of Commons, the Clerk of the House of Commons, Parliamentary Librarian, Associate Parliamentary Librarian, officers of parliament, and the Senate Ethics Officer all have franking privilege and mails sent to or from these people are sent free of charge. Bulk mail from members of the House of Commons is limited to four mailings per year and to the member's own electoral district. Individuals may send letters to any of the above office-holders without charge (wikipedia)
Louis Stephen St. Laurent, PC, CC, QC (Saint-Laurent or St-Laurent in French, baptized Louis-Étienne St-Laurent) , (February 1, 1882 – July 25, 1973) was the 12th Prime Minister of Canada from November 15, 1948, to June 21, 1957.
Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent was ranked #4 on a survey of the first 20 prime ministers (through Jean Chrétien) of Canada done by Canadian historians, and used by J.L. Granatstein and Norman Hillmer in their book Prime Ministers: Ranking Canada's Leaders. He died on July 25, 1973 at 91 years of age.
Fine. Item #7626