Gannet, Morus Bassanus
Date of Issue
April 1, 1954
Perforation or Dimension
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Designed by Laurence Hyde. Modeled by Herman Herbert Schwartz. Picture engraved by Silas Robert Allen.
This stamp has a hidden date in the bottom-right corner.
This regular issue replaced the 15-cent Postal Administration Centennial Commemorative stamp. The gannet was chosen as an appropriate symbol for the 15-cent stamps used extensively for the prepayment of airmail postage.
The bird is displayed against a night sky that includes Polaris or the North Star. On Bonaventure Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence a bird sanctuary provides the summer home for the largest colony of gannets in existence. A gannet against a night sky.
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 99.
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