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Poinsettia

Title

Poinsettia

Denomination

36¢

Date of Issue

November 2, 1987

Year

Quantity

48,900,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas, Plants

Series Time Span

1987

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Claude A. Simard.

About Stamp

Since ancient times, people have associated plants with various festivals. The tradition persists today and these new stamps thus feature Christmas plants. The poinsettia is a native of Mexico and Guatemala. It was named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American diplomat and botanist who brought one back from Mexico. The innocent-looking potted poinsettia could reach a height of five meters if grown in the wild. Québec painter Claude A. Simard, who has a keen interest in horticulture, has chosen an original way to illustrate the annual Christmas stamp series. By deftly combining the warm reds, greens and golds of traditional Christmas plants and accessories, he has managed to infuse each stamp with the festive atmosphere of the holidays.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1987.

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