Definitives

Posted on Dec. 28, 2000 by CPO in Latest Stamps

The easily-recognizable red-and-white Canadian flag was first flown on Parliament Hill on February 15, 1965. The simple yet bold design was suggested by Dr. George Stanley of the Royal Military College, with the stylized leaf a proud historical Canadian symbol. In researching which type of maple leaf would be appropriate for Canada’s national flag, the Honourable John Ross Matheson – a member of the 1965 Canadian Flag Committee – selected that of the hard sugar maple. Not only did this species of maple bear a handsome leaf, it was also familiar to the population and the Aboriginals of Canada – being a source of furniture, food and fuel. Today, it’s the centrepiece of a flag that represents all citizens of Canada – regardless of race, language, belief or opinion.

Canada’s national flag flutters once again in the newly-designed Flag definitive. For the past several years, our flag definitives have featured a fluttering or flapping flag set against various landscapes or familiar objects from diverse areas of the nation. Previous issues featured an iceberg, a lake, mountains and a shoreline, an office building, forests and prairies, and a seacoast. This year, design company Gottschalk & Ash International chose an inukshuk to balance out the stamp’s visual elements. An inukshuk is a figure of a human made of stones, originally used to scare caribou into an ambush. Today it’s used as a marker to guide travellers. The 1999 Nunavut stamp also included an inukshuk in its design, as did the selvage of the 1995 Arctic set.

 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II graces a new definitive.

Our Familiar Queen definitive has undergone two modifications. In addition to a change in denomination, this newly-designed stamp features a blue background to replace the red. The definitive continues to use Yousuf Karsh''s portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, first seen on a definitive issue in 1987. Queen Elizabeth first appeared on a Canadian postage stamp as a young princess in 1935, and has graced several issues since.

400068121 OFDC $0.77
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400068107 Pane of 100 stamps $47.00 
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A close-up look at the red fox, the grey wolf, and the white-tailed deer

 

Three new medium-value definitives ($0.60, $0.75, and $1.05) feature three mammals common to many regions of Canada. All were illustrated by René Milot of Toronto, who used oil on canvas to capture the dignity and sheer beauty of each animal.

The Red Fox

Highly adaptable and opportunistic, the red fox is a carnivorous member of the dog family found in all areas of Canada except for some coastal areas of western BC. This cunning creature hunts mainly by sight, capturing its prey during or following a fast chase. Its diet is varied, consisting of small mammals - mice, squirrels, rabbits and woodchucks - and at times, bird's eggs, insects, fruit and grains.

The Grey Wolf

Living in family groups and hunting over vast territories of wilderness, the grey wolf is a carnivore renowned for its loud and eerie howl. Howling serves many purposes - to assemble the pack, denote the extent of their territory and to express distress or contentment. The grey wolf preys on large mammals - deer, elk, moose and caribou - with Arctic wolves feeding on seals, Arctic hare and lemmings.

The White-tailed Deer

The most plentiful and widespread of North America's large mammals is the graceful yet shy white-tailed deer, with approximately 2.5 million living in Canada. Three subspecies make up the Canadian population - the northern white-tailed deer is found from Cape Breton to the region of the Manitoba/Ontario border, the Dakota white-tailed deer is common to the prairies, and the northwestern white-tailed deer occurs in southeastern BC.

 

Exciting new designs and themes for the popular Greeting

 

The highly successful and popular Greeting Stamps booklet, introduced on April 28, 2000, has been renewed for 2001. Changes have been made to both the frame and the greeting stickers, rendering this unique form of postage more flexible for users.

The original (2000) version of Greeting Stamps included only the gold leaf frame, which is still available in the 2001 version. An additional four styles have now been added: silver, mahogany, love, and Christmas. Users can now choose from all five styles. Whereas the original frame had the word "Canada" printed horizontally along the bottom, the word now appears vertically, as well, running up the side of the frame. This new format accommodates horizontal and vertical stickers, and allows users to affix the frame either way on the envelope. The new frame also bears the new denomination ($0.47).

In addition to the revised frames, Canada Post has added the holly sticker design to its original four. Users can now choose from five sticker themes: thank you, maple leaf, pen, heart, and a new theme, holly. All five stickers can be mixed and matched with the five frame styles to create a wide variety of customized postage. And as always, you can create your own unique and personalized stamps using Picture Postage.TM Simply fill out the application on the inside flap of the Greeting Stamps booklet and send it in, along with your favourite horizontal or vertical photo, and you'll receive 25 Picture PostageTM photo stickers, frames and return address labels.

411149130 OFDC $2.65
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411149110 / 111149 1 booklet of 5 + 5 greeting stickers (5 designs) $2.35
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A new design treatment for our maple leaf

 

The maple leaf has been the centrepiece of the Canadian flag since 1965, and now a stylized version of this same leaf is the centrepiece for the newly-designed, domestic-rate maple leaf definitive, available in a self adhesive coil of 100. The stamp's design consists of a green leaf, visible in its entirety, overlapping a yellow leaf, which in turn overlaps a red leaf. The use of these three colours shows the metamorphosis of the maple leaf through the seasons. Recognized nationally and internationally, the maple leaf has become the most prominent of Canadian symbols - and it's worn proudly in the form of pins and badges when Canadians travel abroad. Despite the association between Canada and the maple leaf, it wasn't until 1996 that the maple became Canada's official arboreal emblem.

401311135 OFDC $0.77
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401311199 Coil of 100 stamps $47.00
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Stamp Specifications

  • Denomination: 1 x 47¢
  • Designer: Katalin Kovats, Doreen Colonello
  • Gum Type: Self-adhesive
  • Perforations: Simulated perforation
  • Printer: Ashton-Potter Canada Limited
  • Tagging: General tagging, 4 sides
  • Product #: 411146130
  • Layout: OFDC
  • Price: $0.77
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