On November 1st, 2011, Canada Post began issuing three new stamps as part of its Christmas 2011 series. This year’s theme for the new stamps is ‘Stained Glass’. The craft of colouring glass goes back to ancient times. In ancient Egypt, colouring glass was used to make beads and jewelery, as well as ornamental and decorative pieces. The ancient Romans are also known to have manufactured coloured glass; some of these artifacts can still be viewed in various museums.
On November 1st, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new stamp in its Christmas series featuring ‘Holly’. This plant, with its pointy green leaves and bright, red berries is a popular decoration during this winter holiday. The stamp depicts a highly coloured, red and green holly plant against a snowy background.
On October 3rd, 2011, Canada Post issued a new stamp commemorating the International Year of Chemistry. The opening ceremonies of the IYC took place in Paris, France in January and events continue until the end of 2011. According to the committee, the purpose is to increase the public’s appreciation of chemistry and how it has shaped our lives.
On September 6, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new stamp in its Mental Health series. The design of the stamp was opened up to all Canadians and the favourite design out of the five finalists was voted on by the public. The winning stamp was the entry by Miriane Majeau of Terrebonne, QC, entitled ‘The Puzzle’.
On August 17th, 2011, Canada Post will begin issuing a new stamp series commemorating important Canadian innovations. You may be surprised to learn which objects used in your day to day life have a ‘Made in Canada’ stamp on them! These stamps will feature the following inventors and their inventions: Thomas Ahearn-the electric oven and stove, George J. Klein-the electric wheelchair, Dr. John Hopps-the pacemaker, and Mike Lazaridis-the Blackberry.
On August 8th, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new stamp commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the winning of the Harmsworth Cup by the Miss Supertest III hydroplane. The Harmsworth Cup races were established by Mr. Alfred Harmsworth in 1902 in order to help develop motor launch racing.
On July 7th, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new set of four stamps in its ‘Canadian Roadside Attractions’ series. This series began in 2009 and continues to delight with its bright colours and fun facts about travelling along Canadian roadways. This year’s entries are: The World’s Largest Lobster, The Wild Blueberry, The Big Potato and The Giant Squid.
On June 30th, 2011, Canada Post will begin issuing another series of stamps celebrating Canadian recording artists. This is the third installment of the series which began in 2007. This year the four honorees are : The McGarrigle Sisters, Bruce Cockburn, Robbie Robertson and Ginette Reno.
On June 9th, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new series of stamps celebrating Canadian buildings designed in the Art Deco style. This style, popularized after World War I was widely used around the world in the 1930s and until the 1940s.
On June 22, 2011, Canada Post began issuing another stamp in the Signs of the Zodiac series. This month’s entry is Cancer, the Crab. Of all the celestial constellations, this one is the most difficult to view in the night sky since it is very small and its stars glow faintly. Its star points are said to trace out the crab’s claws.