Canada Post Debuts Four Christmas Stamps

2016 Christmas souvenir sheet.
2016 Christmas souvenir sheet.

Canada Post issued four new Christmas stamps today, November 1. Three have a contemporary theme and a single stamp with a religious theme.

Here are details from Canada Post on the contemporary Christmas stamps:

On the domestic stamp, a smiling Santa stands in the snow facing a jovial tree. On the U.S.-rate stamp, a vibrant green tree is adorned with a red Santa hat. The international-rate stamp features a white dove, carrying an olive branch, a symbol of peace.

These joyful stamps are based on original illustrations by the late Rolf Harder, an influential Canadian designer whose work is featured in the permanent collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec and the Museum of Modern Art of New York. Harder, who died in 2013, designed more than 60 stamps for Canada Post over the course of his distinguished career.

The stamps were designed by Hélène L’Heureux under the direction of Harder’s daughter, Vivi Harder.

Christmas Master of the Castello Nativity Stamp.
Christmas Master of the Castello Nativity Stamp.

And details on the Christmas Master of the Castello Nativity stamp:

Add seasonal spirit to your holiday mail with this booklet of 12 domestic stamps featuring Virgin and Child, an elegant Renaissance image of Mary and the infant Jesus.

The stamp, designed by Louise Méthé, depicts a rare work by an anonymous artist known only as Master of the Castello Nativity. The piece was created circa 1460 and painted in tempera, which is made from coloured pigment mixed with water and a binding agent, often raw egg. The many layers required in this technique contribute to the work’s vivid, intense colours.

Virgin and Child is part of a generous donation to The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from the collection of Michal and Renata Hornstein.

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