Stamps and climate change

preserving-the-poles-stamps.jpgOn April 9th, 2009 Canada Post began issuing a series of stamps designed to increase public awareness of the effects of climate change and global warming. The two stamps depict a polar bear and an Arctic tern, both native to the polar regions.

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Stamps and astronomy

2009-astronomy-stamp.jpgOn April 2nd, 2009 Canada Post began issuing a set of stamps honouring the International Year of Astronomy. Astronomy is the study of celestial objects. It is an ancient study, with early peoples observing the heavens and the constellations with the naked eye. Obviously, with the invention of the telescope, proper scientific study got underway.

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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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Remembering Rosemary Brown

can-rosemary.brown.jpgOn Febrary 2nd, 2009, Canada Post began issuing a stamp commemorating the life and times of Rosemary Brown. Perhaps not as well known as Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman, Ms. Brown certainly deserves her place beside them as not only a woman of accomplishment, but a pioneer who fought against sexism and racism in her adopted country of Canada.

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Commemorating Abraham Shadd

can-abraham.shadd.jpgOn February 2nd, 2009, Canada Post began issuing a stamp commemorating Abraham D. Shadd (1801-1882). Mr. Shadd was born in the USA, but moved to Canada in 1851 from Pennsylvania. In his native America he had been an instrumental leader in the fight for civil rights for African Americans, and he opposed the colonization of Africa.

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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!