The Barbados Postal Service and its Philatelic Bureau today released a commemorative stamp issue to mark the 100th Anniversary of the official opening of the Panama Canal.
The set carries images which represent SS Acon’s Arrival at Cristobal, Track Shifting Gang, Rock Slide at Gold Hill, Moving Building and Floor Slab on Rock. A First Day cover and limited edition set are also included in the issue.
During the unveiling this morning at the General Post Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean told officials the event held social and economic significance to the island and should hold a significant place in its culture and history.
“We are reminded of the role of the post during the Panama migration and, of course, at that time there was no Internet or rapid transfers of cash from country to country.
“The post therefore played a crucial role in keeping Barbadians at home up to date with news of their families and relatives in Panama. The post served to transfer those vital funds that contributed to the economic well-being and survival of many a home in Barbados,” she noted.