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R. Seshadri (L) accepted a first day cover of the new engineering
stamp from Frank Connors.
of Engineering and Applied Science was the scene of a special
ceremony April 25 when Canada Post unveiled a new stamp recognizing
the 75th anniversary of the ritual of the calling of the engineer,
known as the Iron Ring Ceremony.
Dr. R. (Sesh)
Seshadri, dean of engineering, accepted a first day cover of
the stamp on behalf of the faculty, while Steve McLean, president
of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
of Newfoundland, accepted on behalf of the professional organization.
director of Operations for Canada Post (Newfoundland), described
the stamp as a philatelic masterpiece. It is, in
fact, a rarity in stamp-collecting circles, and a first in Canadian
postage: a tete-beche, meaning a design incorporating
two halves which adjoin to create a whole, and depicts four images
of great Canadian engineering achievements: the CP High Level
Bridge in Lethbridge, Alberta; the Polysar company (producers
of synthetic rubber) from Sarnia, Ontario; a microwave transmission
tower from the Trans-Canada Microwave Radio Relay System; and
the Pacemaker, developed by John Hopps at the National Reseach
Councils laboratory in 1949.
reflects the innovation of the profession as a whole, Mr. Connors
asserted, recognizing the important role engineers play in Canada.
Canada, where once there was only wilderness, engineers contributed
to building modern cities and establishing flourishing industries,
he said. Without them, the Canadian dream would never have
Also on hand
for the event were J. L. Barron and Roger Squires, current and
past-presidents of the St. Johns Philatelic Society, and
local Canada Post officials Paul Gosse, field support postmaster
(Bay Roberts), and Len Carroll, retail manager. Mr. Barron, also
an engineer and a MUN alumnus (class of 43), noted that
this new stamp was very important to the Canadian stamp-collecting
community, while Mr. Squires added, It is highly-collectible
and unique, so it should interest some youthful collectors, too.
not often that engineers are recognized for their imput and leadership,
Mr. McLean added. When we talk about Churchill Falls, for
example, we often talk about money, but not about the fact that
it is great engineering feat.
of the iron ring ceremony is a relatively new phenomenon, as
the ritual is generally considered a secret among the profession.
creation, the first iron ring ceremony was held in Montreal in
1925 after a University of Toronto engineering professor identified
a need for the organization to bind more closely. Designed and
written by British poet Rudyard Kipling, the ceremony is a symbolic
welcome into the profession and involves an oath of obligation
and the sizing of a ring to be worn on the little finger of the
working hand. Some 250,000 Canadian engineers have taken part
in the ceremony to date.