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Pan-American Games, Winnipeg, 1967

Pan-American Games, Winnipeg, 1967 Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Pan-American Games, Winnipeg, 1967
Denomination
Date of Issue
July 19, 1967
Quantity
28,060,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Perforation or Dimension
12
Printer
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Creators
Picture engraved by Allan Alexander Carswell. Lettering engraved by Gordon Mash.
About Stamp

The fifth Pan-American Games, a major Canadian Centennial year event to be opened in Winnipeg by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, are commemorated by this Canada Post Office 5¢ stamp. Duration of the Games is the 22nd July to the 7th August 1967. Held every four years, the Pan-American Games are the Olympics of the western hemisphere; this year's renewal is recognized as the largest sporting event ever held in North America. "Pan" is a prefix meaning "All" and the 1967 Pan-American Games are truly "All-American" with an expected representative group of athletes from some thirty-two countries. Brazil was the host country in 1963 when the event was staged in Sao Paulo; Chicago, U.S.A", was the site in 1959; Mexico City, Mexico, staged the event in 1955 and the first in the series was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951. The motto of the Pan-American Games Society "America: Espirito, Sport, Fraternité" is a multi-lingual expression meaning "The American spirit of friendship through sports". It includes the four major languages of the western hemisphere: English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Competition in the 1967 programme of some 400 events in twenty-four sports is open to athletes from all countries in the Americas. Thousands of contestants will vie for honours in stadia, playing fields and other facilities, valued in excess of $50,000,000, located in Greater Winnipeg and surrounding countryside. Winnipeg, Capital city of Province of Manitoba, is the fourth largest city in Canada. It is a fast-growing modern city with a Metropolitan population of some 500,000. Situated at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, it is 60 miles north of the U.S.A.-Canada border, almost midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Canada's 1967 Pan-American Games stamp includes in its elements a reproduction of the 1967 Games symbol. It represents a competitor with the Canadian Maple Leaf on his shirt; his arms are outstretched in a sign of welcome to the contestants and visitors from many countries. First Day Cover service for the Pan-American Games stamp will be provided at the Winnipeg Post Office.

Reference
Canada Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1967.
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