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Strength through Education

Strength through Education Canada Postage Stamp
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Title

Strength through Education

Denomination

Date of Issue

February 28, 1962

Quantity

33,260,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

12

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Helen Roberta Fitzgerald. Picture engraved by Yves Baril. Lettering engraved by Donald J. Mitchell.

Hidden Date

This stamp has a hidden date underneath the microscope on the right-hand side of the stamp.

About Stamp

This postage stamp design is intended to stimulate public awareness of the importance of education to all Canadians. The more Canadians become interested in the quest for higher education, the greater will be the strength of the nation. "The Kingdoms of the future are of the mind." These words were spoken by Winston Churchill at a University Convocation. The stamp depicts as the main element, a young adult couple gazing into the future. On either side of these figures, in the background, are symbolic designs representing the various fields of education. These symbols are : Greek Temple (respect for the achievement of past history), Gravel and Coat-of-Arms (Law and Government), Gear Wheels (Engineering and Industry), E = MC2 (a symbol to express Einstein's Theory of Relativity and the resulting atomic age), Typewriter (Business Management), Set Square (Architecture and other forms of structural planning), Violin (Music), Sun with Plant, Earth and Water (the study of life and nature), Moon and Star (the study of outer space and the universe), The Globe (international forces, political, social and geographic), Carpenter's Plumb and Pliers (the skilled trades), Book with Alpha and Omega (litterature and the written language), Flask (Chemistry and allied sciences), Plus, Minus, Multiplication and Division signs (Mathematics, Economics and Banking), Microscope (Scientific Research), Man (the physical, mental and spiritual study of man), Sculptor's Tool, Pencil and Brush (the visual arts and designing), Cross (the Church as a vocation), Officer's Cap (a career in the Armed Services. All the Provincial Ministers of Education concurred in the issue of a special postage stamp featuring "Education". In addition, many national and provincial organizations devoted to the promotion of education added their support. These organizations include museums, libraries, vocational training groups, universities and colleges. The early issue of this stamp supports the many organizations which have designated 1962 to be "Education Year". Among the several events of the year will be the Second Canadian Conference on Education, with seventy-six sponsoring organizatons, to be held in Montreal in March and the First Canada-wide Science Fair, to be held in Ottawa in May. There is a great need for better educational opportunities for all Canadians of all ages. Canada must attain higher standards of eduction because of its present position as a relatively young country striving to hold its place among the leading nations of the world. Great strides have been made in the past few years towards this goal. Large sums of money have been granted by the Federal Government to Universities and for vocational and technological training purposes.

Reference

Canada Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1962.

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