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The Totem Pole


The Totem Pole



Date of Issue

February 2, 1953




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension



Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.


Designed by Emanuel Otto Hahn. Picture engraved by Silas Robert Allen.

About Stamp

The new $1.00 postage stamp was designed by Emanuel Hahn, R.C.A., S.S.C., Toronto, Ontario, and the stamps were engraved and printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, Ottawa.

The Totem Pole

The new stamp displays a Pacific Coast Indian House and Totem Pole. This subject was selected because it is a popular symbol of a colourful chapter of Canada's rich heritage. The natives of the north-west coast of Candada were accustomed to record for posterity their genealogy, history and traditions by carving and painting, using representative symbols, chiefly animal designs.


Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1953.

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