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Quebec Street Scene

Streets of Canada

Title

Quebec Street Scene

Denomination

75¢

Date of Issue

July 6, 1978

Year

Quantity

20,100,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Streets of Canada

Series Time Span

1978 - 1982

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

British American Bank Note Company.

Creators

Designed by Tom Bjarnason.

About Stamp

At present, reflecting the worldwide trend to urbanization, 75 percent of Canadians live in or near cities. Projections indicate that by the year 2000, that figure will have risen to 90 percent. Experts agree that the type of urban environment that will exist in the next century will be largely determined by decisions and actions taken in the next few years. There is much to be learned from the past. In the last 30 years the character of major cities has been radically changed. Because of the absence of coherent long-range planning, neighbourhoods have been destroyed to make way for massive areas of concrete and glass; city centres are organized for the care and convenience of cars rather than people; air and water pollution and solid waste disposal have become serious problems. However, rational solutions are evolving as more people become aware that cities first of all must be designed to satisfy the human need for neighbourhoods, open space and recreation areas, access to public services and facilities, privacy, peace and quiet. The key to optimum urban development is careful design and forward planning based on concern not only for the physical environment of cities but also for the quality of life of those who live in them. In illustrating this stamps with line and wash drawings, the artist, Tom Bjarnason of Toronto, has attempted to capture the atmosphere typical urban environments of Canada: old-fashioned row houses of a large eastern city (75¢).
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Reference

Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1978.

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