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Gannet, Morus Bassanus


Gannet, Morus Bassanus



Date of Issue

April 1, 1954




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension



Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.


Designed by Laurence Hyde. Modeled by Herman Herbert Schwartz. Picture engraved by Silas Robert Allen.

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About Stamp

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 Gannet

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.

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Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 99.

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