Honoring a Canadian artist – Jack Bush

2009_jack_bush_stamp.jpgWho is Jack Bush? On March 20, 2009, Canada Post began issuing a commemorative stamp honoring this famous Canadian painter. Born in Toronto, Jack Bush (1909-1977) was an abstract painter and a member of Painters Eleven, a group dedicated to promoting abstract and expressionist painting in Canada. He was a master of colour, and though he painted landscapes at first, he soon developed an abstract technique which gained acclaim. His aim was to share emotion in his paintings, instead of having people identify with exact images. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976, one year before his death.

A stamp for a rhododendron

2009_rhodo_stamp.jpgOne of the most popular topicals is flowers, and continuing in its yearly custom of commemorating a flower, this year Canada Post has begun issuing a commemorative of the rhododendron on March 13th, 2009. The rhododendron (from the Greek «rose, or red tree»), is a popular genus of flowering bush or large tree which is frequently used by landscapers for its dramatic splashes of colour and large, clustering flowers. It is the national flower of Nepal, and many societies worldwide are dedicated to its cultivation and to informing the public about how to care for it.

The dream of flight

2009_first-flight-stamp.jpgAt the beginning of the last century, the dream of making flight a reality seemed elusive to some, but, thanks to the enterprising efforts of many different people we now enjoy living this dream. In Canada, first flight took place over the ice of Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia, when pilot J.A.D. McCurdy lifted off in the «Silver Dart» on February 23rd, 1909. On February 23rd, 2009, Canada Post began issuing a special stamp to commemorate this achievement.

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Introducing our new US stamps section!

US-Stamp-benjamin-franklin-blueArpin Philately is proud to announce the launch of its brand new US Stamps section! Now when you are looking for United States stamps, all you have to do is log onto our website for the ultimate browsing experience.

We have sorted our USA stamps according to their Scott number and divided them into categories according to their emission date and also listed back of the book subcategories (such as air mail, offices in China, officials, parcel post, postage due, postal stationery, registration stampspecial delivery and special handling).

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Queen Elizabeth II

2009-queen-elizabeth-ii-stamp.jpgThis year, on January 12th, 2009 Canada Post began issuing a new stamp portraying Queen Elizabeth II. Royal faces have often been a common stamp subject, and this PERMANENT-rate stamp continues in this long tradition. When stamps were first issued by Great Britain, a royal face had to grace its front. In fact, from 1840-1900, the only illustration allowed on a British stamp was the profile of Queen Victoria!