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Fort Walsh, Sask., circa 1880

Canada Day, Forts across Canada

Title

Fort Walsh, Sask., circa 1880

Denomination

34¢

Date of Issue

June 28, 1985

Year

Quantity

2,801,400

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Canada Day, Forts across Canada

Series Time Span

1983 - 1985

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Rolf P. Harder.

About Stamp

The role of Canada's forts has changed considerably since the early colonial days. In the past, the purpose of forts was to defend the country against invaders. Today, they are a top tourist attraction, drawing thousands of visitors every year. To put a stop to whiskey trading and to establish contact with the local Indian tribes, the Mounted Police built Fort Walsh in 1875 in Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills. The Forts stamps are the work of Montreal graphic designer Rolf Harder. By showing a bird's-eye view of the forts, the designer has emphasized their great variety of shapes and structures. For some of the forts, a reconstruction of no longer extant buildings and structures was made, using original plans and drawings of the period. This is indicated by the inclusion of circa dates on these stamps.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1985.

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