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Canada in 1905

Canada Day, Maps

Title

Canada in 1905

Denomination

17¢

Date of Issue

June 30, 1981

Year

Quantity

10,708,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Canada Day, Maps

Series Time Span

1981

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

British American Bank Note Company.

Creators

Designed by Raymond Bellemare.

About Stamp

To strengthen its authority in the gold-rush zone, the federal government created the Yukon Territory in 1898. Seven years later the federal government set up the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. This encouraged Manitoba to request some federally controlled territory to its north. Disputes over subsidies and schools delayed this expansion until 1912, when Manitoba gained an extra 178,100 square miles. At the same time, Ontario gained 140,000 square miles and Quebec 350,000 square miles. These four stamps are the work of graphic designer Raymond Bellemare of Montreal, using a colour scheme based on the rainbow, symbol of hope and joy. The pane layout, in chronological progression, emphasizes the growth and organization of Canada from a largely undeveloped and unmapped territory to a colourful and vibrant nation.
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Reference

Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1981.

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