Canada’s close associations, traditions, and triumphs in the Olympic and Paralympic Games are celebrated on the final two stamps revealed in the Canada 150 series.
The permanent (domestic first-class) stamps, like the previous eight, are in the shape of a maple leaf. The last two stamps in the set were unveiled today in a ceremony in Vancouver. All 10 officially went on sale today, June 1, in a variety of formats. The stamps celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by presenting landmark achievements and personalities since the centennial was marked in 1967.
Both stamps unveiled today show gold medal-winning alpine skiers: Alexandre Bilodeau, of Montreal; and Lauren Woolstencroft, 35, of North Vancouver.
The modern Summer and Winter Olympics and Paralympics are held every four years. Canada has hosted one Summer Olympics — Montreal in 1976; and two Winter Olympic Games — Calgary in 1988 and Vancouver in 2010. Vancouver also hosted the 2010 Winter Paralympics and Toronto hosted the 1976 Paralympic Summer Games.
The ceremony today focused on the importance and legacy of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic movements.
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The June issue of The American Philatelist is online for APS members to view. Here are some of the highlights:
Machin by Douglas Muir. This month marks the 50th anniversary for the simple, yet so complex, Machin series of stamps from Great Britain. The author offers an account of the Machin heads’ first appearance and this year’s special anniversary commemorative stamp issue.
My Lifetime Stamp Pursuit by Matthew Healey. The iconic Machin stamps, named for the sculptor who helped create them, were first issued almost at the exact time the writer was born. When he was old enough to learn about stamps, Matthew felt a natural connection to the design featuring a profile of Queen Elizabeth II. He tells the basics of collecting this multifaceted series.
Conquering Early Stamps of the Himalayas by Joseph Iredale. Nepal, a landlocked nation home to Mount Everest, first started printing stamps in 1881. The early issues feature native design elements, marginal inscriptions, pin-perfs and imperforates, and different papers.
Collecting Coast to Coast. Not-So-Counterfeit Cinderellas, by Wayne L. Youngblood. Free franking for soldiers, the privilege of being able to send mail at no cost, started in 1775. But Congress helped establish rules and the postal service has frowned on those who break them, even if for identifying free-franked mail.
British Empire: Gilbert and Ellice Islands by Noel Davenhill. We travel to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, a series of atolls and coral islands that fell under British rule — first as a protectorate, then as a colony — for more than 80 years.
Worldwide in a Nutshell: Mount Athos by Bob Lamb. Though linked to Greece in many ways (including postal) this mountainous entity home only to Orthodox religious men and hermits has some postal history, including contemporary post offices.