Try doing this today.
Surprisingly, and 68 years after this stamp was issued, letters can still be sent via Canada Post or the USPS, but at a little bit more than 3 cents.
The world has changed though and very few people today communicate by writing and mailing letters. Just pick up the i-phone, click a picture or two and send them to someone on the opposite of the world in a manner or seconds. A reply may come back only a few seconds after.
Fifty-four years ago (in those same few seconds) I would not have been able to get as far as the front door of the house to walk over to the train station.
The Oddblock Station Agent
This station may be haunted!
If not by the mysterious clicking sounds emanating from the modern technology in the bay window accompanied by the chattering of a still reliable typewriter that does not require a modem or suffer from down time, then perhaps this station is haunted by the memories of an age when railway stations were the centers of attention in small town Canada and receiving a telegram was an event and not just a piece of paper.
While the complexities of telegraph have been lost on the younger generations, mine included, the telegraph and telegram were alive and well at the Canadian Railway Museum in Delson, Quebec.
Addendum August 26, 2014
One more thought on the subject... and how communication has changed.