Canada Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage With Fourth Canada 150 Design

The fourth stamp in the Canada 150 set of 10, to be issued June 1, honors the country’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

On July 20, 2005, Canada became the first country outside Europe and the fourth in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide after the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act. Previous countries passing a similar law were the Netherlands (2000), Belgium (2003), and Spain (2005).

The stamp shows a multicolored Pride flag. It also carries the Canada 150 branding and the combined maple leaf-and-P symbol denoting it as Permanent, a forever first-class rate stamp.

The stamp was unveiled at The 519 in Toronto and live via the Canada Post Facebook page. The 519 is a city agency and a Canadian non-profit that serves the local neighborhood and the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) communities in the Toronto area.

According to its website, The 519 — a space for change — works with its neighbors and the LGBTQ community and offers such services as refugee settlement counseling, consulting, and “free, accessible and accepting space where people can gather, organize, and work toward common goals.”

The Canada 150 set of 10 will be formally issued June 1. Between now and then, six more stamp designs will be unveiled. All picture items that have occurred since the centennial in 1967.

Canada Post has previously unveiled Habitat and Expo 67, the patriation of the Constitution and creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Canadarm, as the first three celebratory moments of 10 in its Canada 150 program. Details are available at

Marshall Islands Unveils Designs
Honoring Stamp Artist Paul Calle

The Marshall Islands will issue a pane of 20 stamps depicting the artwork of stamp artist Paul Calle.

The pane of 49-cent stamps will be issued August 4 at APS StampShow in Richmond, Virginia.

Calle (1928–2010), a native of Manhattan and longtime resident of Connecticut, designed 40 stamps for the United States, plus stamps for Marshall Islands, the Sweden, and the United Nations.

In 1962, Calle was among the first group selected to participate in the NASA Art Program, which saw artists memorialize space accomplishments through art. Among his U.S. stamps are the Gemini of 1967 and the 1969 First Man on the Moon airmail issues.

The stamps are, from left, by row: Top – (from left) Charlie Chaplin’s “Little Tramp,” Grand Canyon, Harry Truman and the United Nations, The First Step of Man on the Moon, and 1950s Sporty Cars;

Second – Navajo Indian Portrait, The Vietnam War, In Remembrance of September 11, 2001, The Quest for a Better Future, Lindbergh Flight;

Third – Jets Shrink Time and Distance, Computer Age Dawns, Scientists Probe Secrets of Life, Franklin Roosevelt New Deal, and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial;

Bottom – Pioneer 10, 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, First Vote, Streamlined Design Symbolizes Bright Future, and Kennedy’s Dream of Man on the Moon.

Portland, Oregon Stamp Show, May 12–14

Pipex 2017, sponsored by the Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs will be held May 12–14 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive in Portland, Oregon. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am.–4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

On Friday of the show, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., an American Philatelic Society forum will take place where Michael Bloom will give insights into the APS, the world’s largest philatelic organization.

The hotel offers a free on-demand shuttle from the Portland International Airport. You must tell them that you are attending Pipex. The show room rate is $103 per night. Register on the Pipex website or call the hotel at (503) 283-4466.

The APS World Series of Philately show will feature:
• 40 dealer booths
• 3,800 pages of exhibits
• a youth area and StampBuddy for adult collectors
• Grandma’s Attic (free advice on collections)
• a stamp collecting pavilion.

Meetings will be held by:
• Mobile Post Office Society
• Scouts on Stamps Society International
• International Machine Cancel Society
• Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs
• Women Exhibitors will hold a regional meeting
• Pacific Northwest Postal History Society.

Harmer-Schau Auctions Northwest will hold an auction at the show on Sunday, May 14.

For more information, see the Pipex 2017 website.