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Christmas

Title

Family

Denomination

Date of Issue

October 14, 1964

Year

Quantity

308,020,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas

Series Time Span

1964

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Harvey Thomas Prosser. Picture engraved by Allan Alexander Carswell. Lettering engraved by Gordon Mash.

About Stamp

The stamps illustrated on this folder are the first special Christmas issues in Canadian postal history. They will go on sale October 14th and will remain in use during the Christmas season. The stamps, which will be printed by the steel engraving intaglio process, will show a family group of a man, a woman, and two children in silhouette, walking off towards a Christmas star in a typical Canadian winter scene. The design is intended to express the feeling of Christmas as a religious and family occasion, and at the same time to portray the scene in a Canadian environment. It is also meant to tie in with the study of the family's place in contemporary Canadian life which was held last summer under the sponsorship of the Governor General and Madame Vanier. Although Canada produced a stamp bearing the words "Xmas 1898" in 1898, the 1964 issues are the first Canadian postage stamps intended especially for use on Christmas mails. The three cent denomination is the stamp used for unsealed Christmas greeting cards, and the five cent value is the usual rate for first class or sealed letters. Both stamps will be the regular or small size, similar to general issue postage stamps. The five cent issue will be in blue, as are most firstclass rate stamps issued in Canada, and the three cent denomination will be in red. A total of 100 million five cent and 300 million three cent stamps will be printed. The stamps will be on sale at all Canadian post offices. The design selected was one of dozens of sketches submitted by leading Canadian artists and designers. It was created by the Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd., who also engraved and printed the stamps.

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Reference

Canada Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1964.

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