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Little larkspur

Flowers

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue December 19, 2006
Year 2006
Quantity Continuous Printing
Denomination
$1.55
Perforation or Dimension Kiss cut, simulated perforation on top and bottom = Découpage par effleurement, dentelure simulée (bords supérieur et inférieur), 13.5 x 13
Series Flowers
Series Time Span 2004 - 2010
Printer Lowe-Martin Company Inc..
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 $3.20
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.75
* Notes about these prices:
  • They are currently in beta mode, meaning that they should not be relied upon yet as a source of truth and could change frequently. Please notify CPS if you come across values that do not make sense.
  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found on the flower.

Layouts

Booklet of 6 stamps - International

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $9.30
Perforation: Kiss cut
Dimension: 24 mm x 20 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Coil of 50 stamps - International

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $77.50
Perforation: Simulated perforation on top and bottom
Dimension: 24 mm x 20 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Souvenir sheet of 4 stamps

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $4.10
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 120 mm x 72 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 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: $5.10
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

A hair trigger is disturbed, releasing a door latch that swings open inwardly with a rush of water. The walls of an elastic trap bulge and the door closes instantaneously on its unsuspecting prey, trapping and devouring it.

Although this might sound like a scene from a horror flick, it actually describes feeding time for the bladderwort (Utricularia)---a carnivorous plant that grows in slow-running streams and shallow ponds across Canada. The flat-leaved bladderwort (Utricularia intermedia) is one of the intriguing wildflowers that Canada Post features this year in its ongoing series, Flowers.

Issued on December 19, 2006, this set of stamps includes denominated definitives for U.S., international and domestic oversized mailings. These stamps are part of the same series that features the new nondenominated PERMANENTdomestic rate stamp (spotted coralroot) released in November 2006.

"This is a particularly exciting issue for us," says Danielle Trottier, Manager of Stamp Design and Production at Canada Post. "The souvenir sheet appears on the official first day cover (OFDC), along with a beautiful cancel depicting a dragonfly. What makes this a really unique OFDC is that this is the first time that a full set of definitives, including the non-denominated PERMANENT domestic rate stamp, appears on the souvenir sheet," says Trottier.

The flat-leaved bladderwort appears on the U.S. rate (93¢) stamp, while the little larkspur (Delphinium bicolor) is featured on the international rate ($1.55) and the marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata) is used for the domestic oversized rate ($1.10).

The little larkspur, a beautiful flower native to dry grasslands in southern British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, can be poisonous in large quantities. When mixed with alum, the juice from the larkspur's flowers produces blue ink. Marsh skullcaps, which usually come in pairs, have blue or pink-purple flowers streaked with white. They can be found in wet habitats from Newfoundland to the Yukon.

Stamp designer Monique Dufour says that, even though she and partner Sophie Lafortune have been working on the flower definitives for a few years, there are still challenges to the design. The Flowers definitives are some of the tiniest stamps produced by Canada Post. "At that size," says Dufour, "fine lines are invisible and the editing process for the illustration requires special care."

Dufour and Lafortune created these and past Flowers stamps using the illustrations of Sigmond Pifko. "I love flowers and find them particularly inspiring," says Pifko, who typically uses 10 to 30 different photographs to compose one flower illustration. He manipulates the composition through traditional drawing techniques and creates the final beautiful works of art on illustrator board using a combination of acrylic, guache and watercolour.

Printed on Tullis Russell Coatings, the flat-leaved bladderwort, little larkspur and marsh skullcap are all available in six-stamp booklets and 50-stamp coils. With such beautiful designs, this set of Flowers stamps is sure to be wildly popular for collecting or sending.

Creators

Designed by Monique Dufour. Designed by Sophie Lafortune.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2007, p.

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