"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Canadian Inventors Honoured in New Stamps


Photo Credit: canadapost

from TreeHugger.com
by Bonnie Alter, London


Canadian inventors are being honoured on a new series of stamps by Canada Post.

And it's a pretty impressive list: the electric oven, the electric wheelchair and the cardiac pacemaker and BlackBerry (!). We're not complaining but only FOUR inventors? Surely there are more...

The inventions have changed and saved lives in Canada and around the world, but always in a typically modest Canadian way, eh?

According to Canada Post, "the world's first electric oven was invented in 1882 by Canadian Thomas Ahearn. It was originally made of brick and was hot enough to "roast an ox". Dr. John Hopps developed the cardiac pacemaker while he was studying hypothermia in 1950, though the first device was much too big to be placed inside the body. The electric wheelchair was created in 1952 by George J. Klein, one of Canada's most prolific inventors, for quadriplegics." And BlackBerry is BlackBerry.

But what about all those other great Canadian inventions, why don't they have a stamp? Why couldn't Canada Post make a series of ten and include some other brilliant Canadian innovations. Like Tim Horton's Donuts and plastic bags, ginger ale and ski-doos?

Or, even more importantly: insulin, Canada Arm, alkaline batteries, AC radio tube, acetylene, sonar, plexiglass, prosthetic arms and snow blowers. Let's hear it for Canada and get Canada Post on the ball.

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