OTTAWA, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada Post issued two stunning new stamps
today featuring the magnolia (Magnoliaceae) in the eighth issue of these PERMANENTTM floral stamps. This collection of stamps is among the most popular of
the year, highly anticipated by brides for upcoming wedding invitations
and gardeners eager to see which flower species is featured on stamps
that sell over 14 million units a year.
"These stamps are a beautiful reminder that spring is just around the
corner," says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada Post.
"This collection is enjoyed by many collectors, gardeners and any
The two colourful magnolias appearing on the stamps are the 'yellow
bird' and 'eskimo' hybrids, specifically developed for the harsh
Canadian climate. Whether it is their shyly opening cup of velvety
petals, or their intoxicating fragrance prized by luxury perfumers,
there's something romantic and irresistibly exotic about magnolias.
This breathtaking flower is one of the world's oldest flowering plants
dating back over 30 million-years, existing even before bees.
The flower is associated with nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love
of nature. Magnolias are often used in floral arrangements such as
wedding bouquets to represent the purity and dignity of the bride.
Magnolia's are also known for their resilience under difficult
circumstances. They represent rebirth, transformation and tenacity, the
perfect metaphor for the spring season.
About the stamps
The stamps measure 26 mm x 32 mm (vertical) and have simulated
perforations. Lowe-Martin will print the stamps, which are available in
booklets of 10 stamps, on souvenir sheets of two stamps, and in a coil
of 50 stamps. The stamps are pressure sensitive and printed on Tullis
Russell paper using lithography in six colours. They are general tagged
on four sides. The official first day cover will be cancelled in
Bloomfield, Ontario. To download the image of the stamps, please click here. To purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.
SOURCE: Canada Post
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