Canada Lily, Lilium canadense
Date of Issue
April 22, 1977
Wildflowers of Canada
Series Time Span
1977 - 1979
Perforation or Dimension
12 x 12.5, 13 x 13.5
British American Bank Note Company.
Designed by Heather J. Cooper. Engraved by Yves Baril.
Definitive stamps must portray an image of Canada for a wide variety of people inside and outside the nation. Canadian wildflowers are just the subjects to do this. The flowers reflect the magnificent beauty of our country. The Canada Lily, appearing on the 3¢ definitive, blooms in eastern Canada from June to August in swamps and moist meadows. The plant usually grows between two and five feet high and produces up to twenty flowers. Strangely enough, the Canada lily belongs to the same family as garlic and onion. Heather Cooper, Toronto artist and designer, is a partner in the firm of Burns, Cooper, Donoahue, Fleming & Company Limited, internationally known for their fine work in the graphic arts. Her design for this definitive and her accurate rendering of that flower convey the grace and beauty of the subject within the confines of a small stamp size. The Latin designation for the flower appears in the plate-block inscriptions. This issue of definitive stamp use Cartier typeface, first cut by the Canadian typographer, the late Carl Dair. This modified version was specially prepared for the Canada Post Office for use on postage stamps.
Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1977.
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