You oughta be in pictures. Canada Post's Art Canada series to focus on Yousuf Karsh
May 27, 2008
Yousuf Karsh traveled the world to take some of these now world-renowned photographs, so it is no surprise that these stamps too should travel the world in his honour. The domestic rate stamp will feature Yousuf Karsh, a Self-Portrait, (52-cents), the U.S. stamp will feature his photograph of Audrey Hepburn (96-cents) and the international rate stamp will be his portrait of Sir Winston Churchill ($1.60).
Of his first day in Canada as a 16-year old Armenian refugee, Yousuf Karsh said, "Everybody looked happy, and I was intoxicated by their joy. For me, it was a new kind of dream experience, with dizzying dimensions." His recollection hints at the relentless optimism that would eventually frame this internationally-acclaimed photographer's six decade-long career.
In addition to the three beautiful stamps issued as part of the series, the Souvenir Sheet will also include 24 other famous photographs taken by Karsh (names listed below).
"The simple, asymmetrical frames, white to evoke a framing mat, are integral to the series' design", said stamp designer Hélène L'Heureux. "Several shades of black were used to achieve a sense of depth and contrast. The simple look was not simple to execute."
The domestic rate stamps found on the pane of 16 measure 32 mm x 40 mm (vertical) with 13+ perforations, with P.V.A. gum. The U.S. rate and international rate stamps are available in booklets of 8 stamps, measuring 32.25 x 39.75 (vertical) and are self-adhesive. The stamps on the Souvenir Sheet measure 150 mm x 97 mm (horizontal) and have 13+ perforations with P.V.A. gum. Lowe-Martin printed 1.750 million domestic rate stamps, 1.6 million of each of the U.S. and international rate stamps and 325,000 souvenir sheets. All stamps were printed using lithography in six colours plus varnish on Tullis Russel paper. They are general tagged on all sides. The Official First Day Cover will bear the cancel OTTAWA ON, in recognition of the many photographs taken by Karsh that were stamped on the back with "Karsh of Ottawa".
Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the Newsroom section of Canada Post's website, and photos of this new stamp is in the Newsroom's Photo Centre. Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website www.canadapost.ca or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902 863-6550.
|ART CANADA: YOUSUF KARSH|
SOUVENIR SHEET DETAILS - DÉTAILS DU BLOC-FEUILLET
|First row - premier rang|
|1.||1957||Albert Camus (Nobel prize in literature / Nobel de littérature)|
|3.||1990||Dizzy Gillepsie (jazz musician / musicien jazz)|
|4.||1963||Pope John XXIII -- Pape Jean XXIII|
|5.||1962||Martin Luther King|
|6.||1991||Elie Wiesel (Nobel Peace Prize / Prix Nobel de la paix)|
|7.||1960||John F. Kennedy|
|8.||1974||John D. Diefenbaker|
|11.||1956||Rainer and/et Grace of/de Monaco|
|12.||1963||Yuri Gagarin (astronaut/astronaute)|
|Second row - deuxième rang|
|14.||1943||Princess Elizabeth -- Princesse Elizabeth|
|15.||1979||I.E. Pei (architecture)|
|16.||1965||Lester B. Pearson (Nobel Peace Prize / Prix Nobel de la paix)|
|17.||1949||Albert Einstein (Nobel Prize in Physics / Prix Nobel de physique)|
|19.||1957||Ernest Hemingway (Nobel Prize in Literature / Prix Nobel de littérature)|
|Third row - troisième rang|
|21.||1990||Jessye Norman (opera/opéra)|
|Left side - côté gauche|
|22.||1946||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|23.||1988||Mother Teresa / Mère Teresa (Nobel Peace Prize / Prix Nobel de la paix)|
Interesting Facts - ART CANADA:YOUSUF KARSH
- The first Yousuf Karsh photograph to appear on a Canadian stamp was a photo of William Lyon Mackenzie King (4-cent stamp) as part of the 1951 Canadian Prime Ministers series.
- Mr. Karsh also provided photographs of Queen Elizabeth II for a total of 16 definitive stamps. These include the 1953 1-cent, 2-cents, 3-cents, 4-cents and 5-cents; the 1953 Queen Elizabeth II, Coronation (4-cent), the 1957 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (5-cent); and a newly designed Queen stamp issued in 1987 (37-cents). The same image was then used in 1988 (38-cents), 1990 (39-cents & 40-cents), in 1991 (42-cents), in 1992 (43-cents); and again in 1995 (45-cents), in 1998 (46-cents) and in 2000 (47-cents).
- This is not the first time the image of Sir Winston Churchill is featured on Canadian stamp. In fact, the exact same image was issued on August 12, 1965 (5-cents) making him one of the few persons who was neither a member of the Royal Family nor a Canadian to be commemorated by the issue of a Canadian postage stamp. It was the first Canadian stamp to be printed by duo-tone lithography, a printing process particularly suited to this type of reproduction.
- Other famous Yousuf Karsh "models" to be featured on a stamp include:
Georges Philias Vanier (5-cents); issued in 1967
Stephen Leacock (6-cents); issued in 1969
Jeanne Sauvé (43-cents); issued 1994
Portia White: Extraordinary Entertainers (46-cents); issued 1999
Moses Coady and the Cooperative Movement (46-cents); issued in 2000
Morley Callaghan (48-cents); issued in 2003
- Karsh's photographs have also been reproduced by some 15 other postal administrations around the world; including Armenia.