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Spinning Wheel

Heritage Artifacts


Spinning Wheel



Date of Issue

August 1, 1985




Postal Administration



Heritage Artifacts

Series Time Span

1982 - 1987

Perforation or Dimension

12 x 12.5


Ashton-Potter Limited.


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. In olden days, the spinning wheel was popular among housewives for spinning linen of cotton. It was especially used to make warm clothing for protection from the cold. After having been sheared, treated, and untangled with a comb or a carding machine, the wool was spun on the spinning wheel, formed into a skein on the reel, and rolled into balls. Like many household chores of that era, spinning wool of linen called for a great deal of patience and skill. 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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Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1985.

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