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Settle-Bed

Heritage Artifacts

Title

Settle-Bed

Denomination

39¢

Date of Issue

August 1, 1985

Year

Quantity

63,705,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Heritage Artifacts

Series Time Span

1982 - 1987

Perforation or Dimension

12 x 12.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Jean Morin.

About Stamp

Three new stamps depict objects used in everyday life in Canada during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The 39¢ stamp illustrates a settle-bed, the 50¢ stamp a sleigh and the 68¢, a spinning wheel. A symbol of the spirit of hospitality of Canadians of yesteryear, the settle-bed, also known as the "beggar's bench," was usually placed close to the fireplace. When the village beggar or some other visitor was invited to spend the night, the bed was opened up and the mattress, made of cotton or linen and containing straw or wheat, was pulled out. The next morning, the mattress was quickly cleaned and the bed closed, to be used once again as a bench. The three artifact stamps were designed by Jean-Pierre Beaudin and Jean Morin. The stamp designs employ the same duotone technique for the artifacts as was used on the other stamps of this series issued in 1982 and 1983. The rich but subtle background colours represent the humble circumstances of the average Canadian pioneer home.
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Reference

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

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