Cats & Dogs on stamps

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Although it wasn’t until 1930 that the first stamp to depict a cat was issued, dogs featured on stamps as far back as 1887. In February that year Newfoundland introduced a half cent stamp and chose the head of the Newfoundland dog. Originally printed in rose-red it was re-issued in black in 1894 and two years later appeared in orange-vermilion. A full length portrait of a Newfoundland dog appeared on the 14c definitive of 1932 – the same motif being used for Coronation series of 1937.

A Newfoundland dog was the subject of the entire series of 1932, while the set of 1972 showed a shipwreck scene with a dog going to the rescue. In the Christmas stamp of 1998 Santa’s sleigh was drawn by a Newfoundland dog.

Newfoundland’s 15c airmail of 1931 showed a dog-team hauling a sledge in wintertime, while the St. Pierre’s definitive series of 1938 showed huskies being harnessed.

It was equally significant that the earliest cat stamp should allude to a symbol of good luck. A one peseta air stamp was released in October 1930 the Spirit of St. Louis with a black cat seated in one corner. Jersey, Iceland and Britain’s greetings booklet of 1991 included three stamps showing black cats.