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Missions in the Wilderness

Missions in the Wilderness Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Missions in the Wilderness
Denomination
34¢
Date of Issue
March 13, 1987
Quantity
3,960,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
Exploration of Canada, Investigators
Series Time Span
1986 - 1989
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Printer
Ashton-Potter Limited.
Creators
Designed by Frederick Hagan.
About Stamp
The explorers of New France introduced Europeans to the Canadians Indians, outlined the geography of Central Canada and found the way west. Champlain wanted to convert the Indians to Christianity, so in 1615 he brought Recollet missionaries to New France. Jesuits and Sulpicians, followed later. These were the best educated and most idealistic explorers yet to reach Canada. Their detailed reports were a goldmine of information for both contemporaries and historians. Artist Frederick Hagan of Newmarket, Ontario, created the images for these stamps. The paintings project the power of strong colour to evoke the moods of changing seasons and landscape. Forest, lake, river and hilltops combine with elements of cartography and the heraldry of flags to suggest the activities and experiences of the early explorers of Central Canada. J.F. Britton of Oakville, Ontario, prepared the typography for the stamp designs.
Reference
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1987.
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