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Health Guards the Nation

Health Guards the Nation Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Health Guards the Nation
Denomination
Date of Issue
July 30, 1958
Quantity
24,600,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Perforation or Dimension
12
Printer
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Creators
Designed by Gerald Mathew Trottier. Portrait and picture engraved by Yves Baril. Lettering engraved by John F. Mash.
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About Stamp

This commemorative postage stamp stresses the importance of health to the individual Canadian as well as the entire nation. Both the nurse wearing her cap and the lamp (symbolic of the noble profession of nursing) emphasize the ideals of national health. Public health has made great advances in Canada in recent years. Through health programs, education has pointed the way to sounder bodies, improved living conditions, and better health. In conjunction with provincial health- promoting activities, Canada's National Health Program has been moving forward to new objectives.

Health Guards the Nation

The portrait of a nurse forms the central motif of this stamp. Lettering in the vertical light from a nurse's lamp suggests the theme of the issue: "Health Guards the Nation" and in French, "La santé: force de la nation." This was the first Canadian postage stamp purposely designed with a living model as the featured symbol of the theme the stamps express.

Reference
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 112-113.
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