It is the season for holiday greetings, and Canada Post is blending the playful and magical essence of the holidays with the sacred tradition of Christmas with its 2014 holiday stamp issue.
The issue features three whimsical and colourful depictions of Santa Claus, a symbol of the holidays for much of the world. Santa stamps are available for domestic, U.S. and international rates. Each stamp shows Santa performing his many important tasks.
“In each of the three figures, the kindness and generosity of Santa emerges,” says stamp designer Hélène L’Heureux. “Whether he’s answering letters, handing out gifts, or simply expressing peace and serenity, Santa is endearing, merry and timeless.”
The fourth stamp in the issue – a Permanent™ domestic stamp – features a beautiful detail that shows a classic 17th century painting of the Virgin and Child. The painting is part of the collection at Basilica Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec in Quebec City. This year’s stamp issue recognizes the parish’s 350th anniversary.
The festive issue helps Canadians add a special touch to their holiday mailings. Many customers also use custom photo stamps to express themselves during the holidays and for other special occasions.
All three Santa stamps (domestic, U.S. and international) measure 22 mm x 24 mm, are pressure sensitive, and are printed by Lowe-Martin using lithography in six colours. The Santa stamps were designed by Hélène L’Heureux and illustrated by Christiane Beauregard. The domestic stamps are available in booklets of 12 stamps and the U.S. and international stamps each in booklets of six. A souvenir sheet of all three stamps is also available; these stamps have simulated perforations and use PVA gum. The Official First Day Cover was cancelled in Saint-Nicolas, QC.
The Virgin and Child stamp measures 26 mm x 32 mm, has simulated perforation and was printed by Lowe-Martin using lithography in seven colours. The stamp was designed by Louise Méthé from a painting by Flemish Baroque painter Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen.
The Official First Day Cover was cancelled in Québec, QC. The Permanent domestic stamp is available in booklets of 12. To purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop. For the Canada Post Picture Postage service, please visit picturepostage.ca, or download the free Canada Post mobile app – available on all platforms.