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Ile Verte, 1809

Title

Ile Verte, 1809

Denomination

32¢

Date of Issue

September 21, 1984

Year

Quantity

5,993,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Lighthouses of Canada

Series Time Span

1984 - 1985

Perforation or Dimension

12.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Ken Rodmell. Based on a painting by Dennis Noble.

About Stamp

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the completion of Louisbourg, the first Canadian lighthouse, Canada Post presents a series of stamps featuring the oldest lighthouses on the East Coast, the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes, and the West Coast. The first lighthouse on the St. Lawrence, and the third oldest in Canada today, was erected in Île Verte opposite the mouth of the Saguenay River. Safe navigation of the treacherous tides and currents here required a navigational aid, and the Île Verte light was first exhibited in 1809. It remained the sole light on the mighty St. Lawrence for the next twenty-one years. To illustrate these stamps, Toronto artist Dennis Noble has provided paintings of the four lighthouses as they may have looked when first erected to serve as guides and friends to the mariner navigating Canada's coastal and inland waters. Toronto art director Ken Rodmell has provided the harmonious type design.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1984.

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