On February 15, 1965, buildings across the country, including post offices, raised the new Canadian Flag for the first time. The design was the result of a nation-wide competition (and much public debate) to replace the Canadian Red Ensign that had flown unofficially for about 80 years. Canadians greeted their new flag with affection, and almost 40 years later it remains a popular choice on Canada's Postage Stamps.
Flag is born
23rd Parl. Conf.
Old Post Offices
50th Anniv. NATO
Olympic Bis Wins
2008 Olympic Games
80 Years Canada
Japan Diplomatic Relations
The Right Honourable
Canada - Israel
60 years of friendship
In a very short-lived existance, only 4 different values appeared featuring this simple, but highly visual, design of the Canadian flag.
All of the stamps came in booklets of 4, with the booklet selling for 50c from vending machines situated in (or outside) post offices.
Although only 4 values were released, there are 9 different easily identifiable varieties.
Canada's first self-adhesive stamp, featuring the Canadian Flag, appeared in the middle of 1989.
Four additional values appeared in the ensuing 4 years to reflect the increase in postage rates.
All 5 of the stamps came in booklets of 12, with the booklet selling for more than the actual face value.
First-class rate coils with a simple, engraved Flag design first appeared in 1990. Six different values have appeared in the years following. All of the stamps came in rolls of 100.
Produced to celebrate Canada Day, July 1, 1979, this colourful sheet of stamp depicts the flags of the (then) 12 Provinces and Territories. Since then, Newfoundland and Labrador, here represented by the Union Jack (lower left), has its own new flag, and in 1999 the new territory of Nunavut was created.
A 39c 'Flag over Clouds' first-class rate definitive, issued at the end of 1989, was the start of a new series of definitives that are still being issued.
Some 9 different designs have been used to date. Various backgrounds and flag designs were used on these issues. However, with different printers, papers, perforations, sizes of stamps, booklets, etc., many distinguishable varieties exist.
The five 2005 definitive flag stamps feature a Canadian flag blowing in the breeze: 1. Below Shannon Falls, near Squamish (British Columbia); 2.. Over the town of Durrell, South Twillingate Island (Newfoundland); 3. Broadway Bridge over the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon (Saskatchewan); 4. Toronto’s Island Ferry and skyline (Ontario); and 5. Mont-Saint-Hilaire (Quebec).
The five 2006 definitive stamps feature a Canadian flag flying over: 1. Winter scene New Glasgow, (Prince Edward Island); 2. Bridge at Bouctouche, (New Brunswick); 3. Wind turbines Pincer Creek, (Alberta); 4. Bastion at Fort Garry, (Manitoba); and 5. Dogsled in the St. Elias mountaiin range (Yukon).
In November 2006 Canada Post introduced new "non-denominated" stamps (no value shown on the stamp) that will retain its domestic value forever.
These PERMANENT stamps will allow customers to purchase stamps in larger quantities or coils, and use them anytime, knowing they are valued at the current basic domestic Lettermail rate.
These flag stamps feature (left to right) - Ice field and fjord (Nunavut) - Coastline view, Chemainus (British Columbia) - Polar bears, Churchill (Manitoba) - Lighthouse, Bras d'Or lake (Nova Scotia) - Tuktut Nogait National Park (Northwest Territories)
In December 2007 Canada Post continued the permanent stamps with a series on Lighthouses of Canada.
These flag/lighthouse stamps feature: (top-left-to-right) - Sambro Island (Nova Scotia) - Point Clark, (Ontario) - Pachena Point (British Columbia)
(bottom left-to-right) - Warren Landing (Manitoba) - Cap-des-Roisers (Quebec)
In January 2010 Canada Post continued the permanent stamps with a series on Historic Mills.
These flag/Mills stamps feature (left-to-right) - Cornell Mill (Standridge East, QC) - Riordon Grist Mill (Caraquet, QC) - Watson's Mill (Manotic, ON) - Keremeos Grist Mill (Keremeos, BC) - Old Stone Mill National Historic Site (Delta, ON)
Jan 17th 2011 - The five permanent domestic stamps in this year’s issue demonstrate both personal and official appearances of the Canadian flag: on a traveller's backpack, a hot air balloon, the Canadarm, and both a Canadian soldier's and a Search and Rescue expert's uniforms.
The stylized "O" (for "O Canada") not only acts as a symbol of our national anthem, it also serves as a means of focusing attention on the flag and its surroundings.
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