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Poinsettia Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Poinsettia
Denomination
36¢
Date of Issue
November 2, 1987
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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