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Canadian Labour Congress - 1956-2006

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 20, 2006
Year 2006
Quantity 3,000,000
Denomination
51¢
Perforation or Dimension 13.5 x 13.25
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.05
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.35
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Layouts

Pane of 16 stamps

Quantity Produced - 187,500
Original Price: $8.16
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 29 mm x 40 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $1.51
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 29 mm x 40 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

Medicare, Canada Pension Plan and safety laws. While these terms may be widely recognized today, they weren't even on the radar a few decades ago. During an existence that has spanned 50 years, the Canadian Labour Congress has been instrumental in influencing these and numerous other programs to help protect the rights, livelihoods and health of Canadians.

The Canadian Labour Congress came into being in 1956 when the Trades and Labour Congress and the Canadian Labour Council merged. Since that time, the Canadian Labour Congress has been the voice of the labour movement in Canada, "speaking out on behalf of affiliates and their members to employers, governments, and the public to ensure the rights of workers are protected and expanded."

On April 20, the Congress will officially celebrate its 50-year anniversary - a special occasion Canada Post will mark by issuing a single domestic rate (51¢) commemorative stamp.

Stamp designer Steven Spazuk collaborated with photographer Marc Montplaisir to create an image that would capture the essence of the organization, including its accomplishments, mandate and vision for the future.

"After looking at a number of concepts, we decided to go with a depiction of the Canadian Labour Congress logo - only with a twist," explains Spazuk. "It's really a photographic interpretation of the logo. The image shows two hands holding a crystal ball that contains a silhouette of North America. One hand is masculine, the other feminine, one white and the other black."

The background is an important part of the design as well. "We wanted to tell a compelling story that would highlight 50 years' worth of accomplishments," explains Liz Wong, Manager of Stamp Design and Production at Canada Post. "If you look closely at the background, you'll see it's a tapestry that lists (in English and French) many of the benefits that unionized and non-unionized Canadian workers have received over the past 50 years. Thanks to Mr. Spazuk's brilliant design work, the image succeeds in capturing the organization's past, present and future."

In the future, the Canadian Labour congress will expand its membership among building trades unions, teamsters, teachers and nurses. Through collaborative efforts with these and other organizations, the Congress will continue to be a valuable and prevalent force in society for the next 50 years and beyond.

For more information about the Canadian Labour Congress, visit www.canadianlabour.ca.

Creators

Designed by Steven Spazuk.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2006, p. 10-11.

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