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Marquis Wheat, 1909

Marquis Wheat, 1909 Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Marquis Wheat, 1909
Denomination
37¢
Date of Issue
June 17, 1988
Quantity
5,500,800
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
Canada Day - Science and Technology, Canadian Innovations in Energy, Food, Research and Medicine
Series Time Span
1986 - 1988
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Printer
Ashton-Potter Limited.
Creators
Designed by Roger Hill
About Stamp
Canadian scientists have helped to banish the darkness, to feed people better, to view the smallest objects, and to cure once fatal diseases. In 1903 Charles Saunders began working on a cross between two wheat varieties, Red Fife and Hard Red Calcutta. The resulting strain, named Marquis Wheat, matured faster than other wheats. It was also disease resistant and increased yields considerably, which greatly facilitated agriculture on the Prairies, an area with a short frost-free growing season. These stamps, designed by Roger Hill of Toronto, mark the end of the three-year stamp series on Canadian Innovations in Science and Technology. The scientific achievements being honoured have been accurately rendered in a pleasing and precise illustrative style. Like the previous two issues which focussed on the themes of Transportation and Communications, this year's stamp designs features notes, drawings and diagrams on the development of each innovation on their backgrounds.
Reference
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1988.
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