Only one perfin design is known to appear on the Newfoundland Silver Jubilee stamps. This was the perfin 'AYRE' for Ayre & Sons Ltd. It has been found on all four stamp values
. The perfin on 7c and 24c stamps is very rare. Both 4c and 5c are known on cover.
(Information very kindly provided by Barry Senior
, Chair of British North American Philatelic Society Perfin Study Group)
Ayre & Sons
Is considered one of the big four of Newfoundland commerce. It opened in 1859 in St. Johns, as Ayre & Steers, becoming Ayre & Sons in 1884. The company originally acted as importers but over the years the business expanded to include department, hardware, grocery and retail stores. In 1931 it opened its own commercial radio station. In 1959 the name was changed to Ayres Ltd. Since then it has expanded to incorporate a number of other companies and today operates approximately 50 stores and businesses across Canada.