François de Laval

A commemorative postage stamp on the 350th anniversary of the birth of Saint FrançoisXavier de Laval, first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec :

Saint Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval : First Roman Catholic Bishop of QuebecIssued by Canada

Issued on Jan 31, 1973

Design : Mgr de Laval, first bishop of Quebec City and founder of many educational institutions, was also one of the builders of New France. The Canada Post Office is commemorating by the issue of a special stamp the 350th anniversary of the birth of this important figure in Canada‘s history.

Designer : Michael Fog and Gerry Lorange

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multi color

Denomination : 8 cents

Dimensions : 24 mm x 40 mm (Vertical)

Perf. Gauge : 11

Paper Type : Litho C.I.S.

Gum Type : P.V.A.

Quantity : 24,000,000

Printing Process This stamp is printed in three colour lithography. Marginal inscriptions including the designer’s name appear on the four corners of each pane of 50 stamps available from the Philatelic Service. Also available from the Philatelic Service are “blank” sheets and corner blocks (less corner inscriptions) as delivered for sale in regular post offices.

Printer : AshtonPotter Limited, Toronto, Ontario

Name : FrancisXavier de MontmorencyLaval

Born on Apr 30, 1623 at MontignysurAvre, Perche, Kingdom of France

Died on May 6, 1708 at Quebec, Viceroyalty of New France, French colonial empire [now in Canada]

About : 

  • This stamp commemorates the 350th anniversary of the birth of François de MontmorencyLaval.
  • As first Bishop of Quebec, Mgr de Laval was a figure of great importance in the development and reorganization of New France.
  • He greatly encouraged educational institutions already functioning and founded others such as the Quebec City ‘Grand’ Seminary in 1663 and ‘Petit’ Seminary in 1668.
  • A man of great generosity and devotion, Mgr de Laval gave liberally of himself in order to accomplish his duties and fulfill his responsibilities. He died in Quebec City in 1708 after spending some fifty years of his life in New France.
  • Mgr. de Laval came to Quebec City in 1659. He started to establish the Canadian Church by giving it the strength and unity of the parochial system. During his thirty years as Bishop of Quebec he founded an average of one parish every year. In the summer months he would take long voyages by canoe to visit his vast diocese. Even after his retirement in 1688, he would constantly visit the poor and sick with unending devotedness until his death in 1708.

British Columbia’s Entry into Confederation

A commemorative postage stamp on the 100th Anniversary of British Columbia joining the Canadian Confederation :

History of British Columbia (Canada's westernmost province)Issued by Canada

Issued on Jul 20, 1971

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Design : E. R. C. Bethune, Vancouver, B.C.

Denomination : 7 cents

Size : 40 mm x 24 mm

Quantity : 30,000,000

Printing Process This stamp is printed by four colour lithography. Marginal inscriptions including the designer’s name will appear on the four corners of each pane of 50 stamps available from the Philatelic Service.

Printer : Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd.Ottawa

About : 

  • One hundred years ago, on 20th July 1871, the four year old Canadian Confederation was extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific by the entry of British Columbia as the sixth province. With an area of 366,255 square miles, more than one third of which is forested, British Columbia ranks third in size among the provinces. Shores washed by Pacific waters warmed by the Japan current, a back-drop of the towering Rockies and almost 7,000 square miles of inland waters contribute to an environment of beauty in which the people of the province have made giant strides.
  • The land destined to become British Columbia is thought to have been sighted by Sir Francis Drake during the period of his circumnavigation of the world in the years 1577-1580. Nearly two centuries passed before Juan Perez, a Spaniard, explored the coastal waters during a voyage which took him as far north as the Queen Charlotte Islands. In 1775 Quadra followed Perez but historians doubt that either landed on what is now Canada’s Pacific province. Ownership of the coast was in dispute for years after Captain Cook’s voyage of discovery in 1778 when he traded with the native Indians. Captain George Vancouver, in whose honour Canada’s third largest city is named, surveyed the coastal waters in the years 1792-1794. It was during this period that Alexander Mackenzie completed his epic overland crossing from eastern Canada to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Vancouver Island, site of the present Provincial Seat of Government in the city of Victoria, became a British colony in 1849. Formally assuming office as “Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Island of Vancouver and its dependencies” on the 11th March 1850, Richard Blanshard became the first Governor of the first Crown Colony to be established in British territory west of the Great Lakes.
  • The year 1858, a period in which the discovery of gold caused an influx of fortune seekers, saw mainland territory established as the Colony of British Columbia. James Douglas, sworn in at Fort Langley as the first Governor, issued a proclamation on the 14th February 1859 naming New Westminster as capital of the Colony of British Columbia. New Caledonia was the name by which mainland territory had been known. Choosing the name “British Columbia” reflected a wish to avoid a possible confusion with the island already bearing the name “New Caledonia”. It was in 1806 that Simon Fraser, for whom one of British Columbia’s mighty rivers is named, chose to call part of the area New Caledonia, although his knowledge of Scotland was restricted to what he had learned from his mother.
  • A final step in the evolution of British Columbia, with boundaries as they now exist, occurred on the 19th November 1866. On that date a proclamation united the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Victoria emerged as capital on the 25th May 1868.
  • E. R. C. Bethune, a native of Kamloops, British Columbia, creator of the B.C. stamp, sought to convey a “now” celebration with inspiration from memories of boyhood days and parades in which bicycles were decorated by strips of coloured paper. His work represents an abstraction of British Columbia joining the new nation of Canada.

Ernest Rutherford

A commemorative postage stamp on the birth centenary of Sir Ernest Baron Rutherford of Nelson, father of nuclear physics and developer of theory of spontaneous disintegration of the atom :

Radioactivity : spontaneous disintegration of atomsIssued by Canada

Issued on Mar 24, 1971

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Red, Orange and Black

Denomination : 6 cents

Name : Ernest Rutherford

Born on Aug 30, 1871 at Brightwater, Colony of New Zealand

Died on Oct 19, 1937 at Cambridge, England

About : 

  • This stamp commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Sir Ernest Rutherford. Following his graduation in New Zealand, his native land, Rutherford studied at Cambridge University, England.
  • In 1898, he came to Canada to accept an appointment as professor of physics at McGill University. It was here in collaboration with Frederick Soddy that he first succeeded in disintegrating an atom of nitrogen.
  • At that time his findings made McGill University the world centre of atomic research and gave unprecedented impetus to physical research throughout Canada.

Louis Riel

A commemorative postage stamp on Louis David Riel,
President of the Provisional Government of Saskatchewan (1885)

President of the Provisional Government of SaskatchewanIssued by Canada

Issued on Jun 19, 1970

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Red and Bright Blue

Denomination : 6 cents

Name : Louis David Riel

Born on Oct 22, 1844 at Red River Colony, Rupert’s Land, British North America

Died on 16 Nov, 1885 at Regina, Northwest Territories, Canada

About : 

  • This commemorative stamp honours Louis Riel and marks the 100th Anniversary of the year in which he reached the apex of his career. Born in St. Boniface in 1884, Riel rose to prominence during the Red River Uprising and was later instrumental in Assiniboia‘s entry into Confederation as the Province of Manitoba.
  • In 1875 Riel was banished from the country for a period of 5 years. He returned to Canada in 1884 to lead a protest against the Canadian Government. This protest became the Northwest Rebellion ending in defeat for Riel at Batoche. Riel was charged with treason, tried before a court in Regina and sentenced to hang. He was executed November 16, 1885.

Gray Jay

A commemorative postage stamp on the Wildlife Series : Canada jaya passerine bird associated with mythological figures of several First Nations cultures in Canada :

Canada Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) : An Artwork of Glen LoatesIssued by Canada

Issued on Feb 15, 1968

Issued for : Thursday, February 15, 1968 will be the first day of issue for this stamp honoring the wildlife of North America.

Design : A pair of Gray Jays perched on boughs of a White Spruce have been chosen by the Canada Post Office as subjects for a stamp to continue a Wildlife Series of postal issues.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 5 cent

About : 

  • The Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) is a bird of the coniferous forests of North America whose breeding grounds extend from British Columbia and the Yukon to Newfoundland. The adult bird usually attains an overall length of 11″ to 13″, larger than a robin and reminiscent of an overgrown chickadee.
  • Gray Jays nest very early, often while the ground is still covered with snow. The juveniles have smokey black plumage as if they have been rolled in soot, but by their first autumn, resemble their parents.
  • Gray Jay, Canada Jay, Whiskey Jay, Camp Robber or Moose Bird, no matter what name you call him, all travellers in the northern forests are familiar with this friendly rogue. This bird is extremely tame, bold and very curious. It will usually appear when a fire is built, or food is being prepared or eaten. Gray Jays will eat almost anything. Their diet includes insects, wild berries, small snakes, any kind of meat or fish, and any food left unprotected around camp. They will steal bacon from a frying pan and will enter a tent or cabin in search of food.
  • Many folk tales have grown up around this bird which depict it as a sly robber and a trickster able to transform himself into a shape most appropriate to suit the occasion. Haunting lumber camps, and trappers’ cabins, it was said to be the spirit of departed woodsmen. In the northern forests the Indians were so superstitious about it that they were afraid to look at the nest and never molested it.
  • The Gray Jay issue brings to Canadian stamps the talents of a widely acclaimed Toronto-born young naturalist and artist, Martin Glen Loates. This is the first occasion on which a design of Mr. Loates has been used on a Canadian stamp. In size the stamp conforms to a new metric scale of dimensions adopted by the Canada Post Office for future issues. Four colors, green, rose, brown and black were employed in the production of this stamp by the lithographic printing process on coated stock. Because of the manufacturing technique, marginal inscriptions will appear on the four corners of each pane of 50 stamps.

Canada on Christmas 1965

Set of 2 nos of special postage stamp on the Christmas (Noel) :

Three gifts : Gold, Frankincense and MyrrhChristmas in Canada : Yuletide (Yule season)Issued by Canada

Issued on Oct 13, 1965

Issued for : 1965 is the second year in Canada‘s history that distinctive Christmas postage stamps have been issued. The first were released in 1964.

Design : The design is a symbolic and formal presentation of the traditional gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. A blend of ancient symbolism in the presents and of a modern form of art in the stylized graphics was selected to underscore the continuing ideals and celebrations of Christmas. In Canada the Yuletide Season is a joyous one, a family holiday as well as a religious festival. Just as the three wise men journeyed to Bethlehem on that first Christmas almost two thousand years ago, so today children hang up their stockings with keen anticipation and friends exchange gifts in celebration of Christmas.

The denominations of three cents and five cents are those most frequently used on Christmas cards and letters.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour :
3¢ – Green
5¢ – Blue

Denomination : 3 and 5 cents

Size : 1 3/16″ x 1″

Plate Nos. : 1 & 2

Panes of : 100

Qty. Ordered :
3¢ – 285,000,000
5¢ – 95,000,000

Centenary of Cinema in Australia

Complete Set of 5 nos of commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of Australian Film Industry (motion pictures) :

1906 Australian Bushranger Film by Charles TaitDad and Dave stories by Steele RuddAn Australian movie directed by Charles Chauvel1975 Australian mystery drama film by Peter Weir1992 Australian romantic comedy film by Baz LuhrmannIssued by Australia

Issued on Jun 8, 1995

Stamp design : John Spatchurst, Sydney

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 45 cents each

About : 

  • The Centenary of Cinema is being celebrated internationally in 1995. Film technology arrived in Australia in 1894 and the first films, recording daily life in Australian cities, date from 1896. The stamps highlight some of the different phases in Australia‘s film industry. Part of an early flowering of film production in Australia The story of the Kelly Gang, produced in 1906, was the first continuous narrative film of any significant length.
  • Cinesound‘s first sound feature, On Our Selection, was directed by Ken G Hall in 1932. The film broke all box office records at the time. Indeed, it was so popular that three more ‘Dad and Dave‘ films followed. Jedda, directed by Charles Chauvel and released in 1955, was the first narrative colour feature made by an Australian company. The spectacular landscapes were a significant part of the entertainment. Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the films that marked the ‘renaissance‘ of the Australian film industry in the 1970s. An immediate commercial and critical success, the film won acclaim at Cannes and launched Peter Weir as a major film director.
  • The romantic comedy, Strictly Ballroom, represents the success of the contemporary Australian film industry. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film was an outstanding box office success during the early 1990s.

Boomtime : Australia

Complete Set of 5 nos of commemorative postage stamp on the Colonial Collection of Australia : Boom Time :

Colonial Immigrants in AustraliaVictorian Building of British AustraliaBritish Settlement in AustraliaBritish Colonial Collection of AustraliaColonial CollectionIssued by Australia

Issued on Jul 12, 1990

Stamp design : Brian Clinton, Melbourne

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 41 cents each

About : 

  • The third and final part of the Colonial Collection looks at Australia in the 1870s and 1880s when the economy was undergoing a time of high prosperity. Not all shared in the boom. Slums, bad sanitation and hard manual labour were still the lot of many.
    • Unbridled optimism about the value of land led to suburban expansion in many colonial cities. In Melbourne and Sydney more land was subdivided and auctioned than could be settled for many years to come.
    • Increasing wealth created the desire for the extravagant buildings of the boom. Public and commercial offices, mansions and suburban villas were built in a multiplicity of architectural styles.
    • The stock market, flourishing since the gold rushes, reached new heights as mining and land investment produced new customers.
    • Conspicuous consumption was the order of the day. Stores with local and imported luxury goods attracted stylish shoppers who wanted to be seen as much as to see.
    • The vigorous economy promoted expansion in manufacturing. Factory workers, however, had to fight for their rights in the face of poor conditions and long hours.

Australia Sports Series – II

Complete Set of 5 nos of special postage stamp on the Sports of Australia :

Water Sports in AustraliaWindsurfingAustralian Lawn TennisMountaineering in AustraliaRoad Running : Cross Country RunningIssued by Australia

Issued on Jan 17, 1990

Stamp design : Sue Passmore, Russell Bevers Design, Melbourne

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 5, 10, 20 & 65 cents and $1

About : 

  • An emphasis on adventure, skill and energy characterises the Sports Series II designs.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing first won enthusiasts early this century. The sport originated in Canada, adapting the canoes of North American Indians and the kayaks of Eskimos for recreational and competitive use.
  • Sailboarding is one of the most recently developed water sports. Combining the principles of sailing and surfing, it can be enjoyed equally on ocean waves or the calm waters of bays and lakes.
  • Tennis is a sport in which Australia has been particularly successful internationally. It has been played here since the 1870s and the first Australian championships were conducted in 1905.
  • Rockclimbing began in Victoria and New South Wales during the late 1940s. Formerly just one aspect of mountaineering, the challenge of finding a path up the rock-face has made it a popular sport in its own right.
  • Fun runs, altogether different in mood and pace, have attracted increasing numbers of participants as the fitness craze has gained momentum.

Shimaakane : Japan Nature Conservation Series XVII

A postage stamp on the Nature Conservation Series “Dragonfly(Boninthemis insularis:

Boninthemis insularisIssued by Japan

Issued on Sep 14, 1977

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 50 yen

Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25 mm

Stamp quantity : 30,000,000

About : 

  • A 50 yen postage stamp featuring “Shimaakane” as the 17th in the Nature Conservation Series of postage stamps has been issued.
  • “Shimaakane” belongs to Libellulidae of Odonata and is a species of the “Akane” dragonflies. Its body measures about 40 mm and the hind wings about 30 mm. It is slender and medium in size.
  • The body is black, in front of the head yellow and the upper forehead indigo and shiny. The chest is black and has irregular yellow dots. The abdomen is slender, being in dark red color or orange and black colors. The wings are narrow in width and transparent. The patterns along the edges are blackish brown.
  • Being a species unique to the Ogasawara Islands. “Shimaakane” breed in the islands of Chichijima, Hahajima and Mukaijima in May to August.
  • “Shimaakane” was designated as a natural monument on April 12, 1969, as there was danger that it would cease to exist with the development of the islands.

Himeharuzemi : Japan Nature Conservation Series XVI

A postage stamp on the Nature Conservation Series “Cicada(Euterpnosia chibensis:

Himeharuzemi : Euterpnosia chibensisIssued by Japan

Issued on Aug 15, 1977

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 50 yen

Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25 mm

About : 

  • As the 16th of the Nature Conservation Series, a ¥50 postage stamp has been issued having for its subject “Himeharuzemi” (Euterpnosia chibensis).
  • Euterpnosia chibensis is a kind of spring cicada belonging to the Cicadae of the hemipterous family. Its body is about three centimeters long, and the length between the head and the end of wings is about 3.5 centimeters. The greeny body has black and light brown spots. The wings are transparent.
  • The spring cicada lives only in Japan, but euterpnosia chibensis’ main habitat is in southern regions. In Japan it lives in Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa. It is often seen staying on such trees as chinquapin and oak. When many of euterpnosia chibensis sing in unison, the doing becomes a high sound, and the species is called in some areas “ozemi” (large cicada).
  • Nou Town in Niigata Prefecture is known as the habitat of the Nou himeharuzemi, Kasama City in Ibaraki Prefecture is the habitat of the Kataniwa himeharuzemi and Mobara City, Chiba Prefecture is the habitat of the Tsurueda himeharuzemi. These three areas are designated as natural monuments. The himeharuzemi of respective species appear in the above areas some time between late in June and the middle of July.

Universiade 1985

A commemorative postage stamp on the 1985 Summer Universiade, Kobe, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) :

XIII Summer Universiade : International University Sports Federation (FISU)Issued by Japan

Issued on Aug 24, 1985

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 60 Yen

Stamp Size : 33.0 mm x 22.5 mm

Quantity Issued : 30,000,000 stamps

Rose of Sharon

A commemorative postage stamp on the 20th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea :

Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and South KoreaIssued by Japan

Issued on Sep 18, 1985

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 60 Yen

Stamp Size : 33.0 mm x 22.5 mm

Quantity Issued : 26,000,000 stamps