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Atlantic Walrus

Canadian Mammals

Title

Atlantic Walrus

Denomination

44¢

Date of Issue

January 18, 1989

Year

Quantity

79,372,760

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Canadian Mammals

Series Time Span

1988 - 1990

Perforation or Dimension

14.5 x 14, 13.5 x 13, 12.5 x 13

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Brian Tsang.

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found on the walrus's front flipper.

About Stamp

The noble walrus, the lordly musk-ox, and the herculean grizzly bear continue the series of large mammals appearing on the Canadian medium-value definitive stamps. Two of these stamps - the walrus and the grizzly bear - will ben available in five-stamp packs. The walrus is at home both on land and at sea. Awkward on land, the walrus trashes its flippers to move about effortlessly in water. The walrus also boasts a set of air sacks in its neck which enables it to sleep at sea, head resting above water. The walrus' tusks are elongated upper canine teeth, used for feeding and in courtship rites. The tusks also sometimes anchor the animal to ice floes or rocks. Brian Tsang, a Toronto graphic artist, designed these three mammal stamps to suggest the animals' environment in the same graphic style used for previous stamps in the series featuring large Canadian mammals.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1989.

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