OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada Post today issued four new stamps
for the holiday season, including a three-part set featuring historic
stained-glass windows of the Cathedral of Saint-Mary of the Immaculate
Conception in Kingston, Ontario. A fourth secular stamp in Canada
Post's continuing holiday series features a festive sprig of holly.
This release of both contemporary and traditional Christmas stamps
completes the year's collection. Overall, 48 million holiday stamps are
in circulation starting today.
"This year's Christmas stamps put a significant 'wrap' on the 2011 stamp
program," said Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada
Post. "Many of our stamps have sold out. Among the many highlights of
the program was the Royal Wedding stamp series that captured the
interest of Canadians all across the country. Our 2012 stamp program
promises to be just as exciting."
The stained-glass windows in Kingston's century-and-a half old Cathedral
were originally imported from England. Over the years, several
installation projects, additions and changes have been undertaken,
including a complete restoration of the windows that began in 1993, and
used many of the same methods employed over the past thousand years.
The scenes for the stamps were chosen to depict the story of Jesus'
birth: the domestic rate, PERMANENT™ stamp shows the Angel appearing to
Joseph, the U.S. rate stamp shows the Nativity scene, and the
international rate stamp depicts the Epiphany. "The challenge in
designing these stamps was to capture the amazing detail and luminosity
of these windows in this tiny medium," said the designer, Andrew Perro.
The Christmas Holly tree has a history long associated with Yuletide and
the coming of the winter season. Special decorations made of greenery
have become customary during the holidays. The bright red berries and
green leaves of the evergreen holly mirror the traditional, vivid
colours of Christmas, and are a welcome sight in a cold, white Canadian
winter. Designer Hélène L'Heureux notes ,"The stamp has a contemporary
feel, and shares many of the other bold design elements common to the
series, including strong graphic shapes and the snowy background
landscape of rolling hills."
About the stamps
All three Stained Glass stamps (Permanent domestic, U.S. and
International) measure 24 mm x 32 mm (vertical) with simulated
perforations and pressure sensitive gum and are printed by Lowe-Martin
on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in seven colours plus spot
varnish. The Permanent domestic stamps are available in booklets of 12
stamps and the U.S. and International each in booklets of six. A
souvenir sheet of all three stamps is also available. The Official
First Day Cover will be cancelled in Kingston, Ontario. The Christmas Holly PERMANENT stamp measures 24 mm x 24 mm (square).
Printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in
five colours plus varnish and pressure sensitive gum. The Official
First Day Cover will be cancelled in Greenwood, British Columbia. The
stamps are available in booklets of 12 stamps.
Image with caption: "Historic stained-glass windows of the Cathedral of Saint-Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Kingston, Ontario (CNW Group/Canada Post)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111101_C9362_PHOTO_EN_5884.jpg
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