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Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Title

Whistler BC

Denomination

57¢

Date of Issue

January 12, 2010

Year

Quantity

2,575,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Series Time Span

2010

Perforation or Dimension

Simultated perforation = Dentelure simulée, 13+

Printer

Lowe-Martin Company Inc..

Creators

Design: Tandem Design Associates Ltd Photography:

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found in the bottom-right corner.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 455,000
Cancellation Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Original Price: $5.70
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 45.25 mm x 23.25 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours plus varnish
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir sheet of 2 stamps

Quantity Produced - 300,000
Original Price: $1.14
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 141 mm x 83 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours plus varnish
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

OFDC

Quantity Produced - 19,000
Original Price: $2.14
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 45.25 mm x 23.25 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours plus varnish
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

OFDC

Quantity Produced - 19,000
Cancellation Location: Whistler, British Columbia
Original Price: $1.57
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 45.25 mm x 23.25 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours plus varnish
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

“Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.”
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games

The Coast Salish people were the first to discover the breathtaking abundance of the Pacific Northwest thousands of years ago, when they settled in the Lower Mainland of what would become British Columbia. Much later, in 1792, Captain George Vancouver put the region on the map when he wrote of “innumerable pleasing landscapes” along the shores of the city that would later bear his name. This winter, sports fans and top athletes from around the world will have the chance to embrace the Vancouver area’s rich cultural heritage and discover its natural splendours when they unite for a celebration of human spirit and achievement, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

With venues stretching from the cosmopolitan streets of Metro Vancouver to the world-class Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, visitors will get a taste of both the urban appeal and panoramic land and seascapes for which this bustling multicultural metropolis is famous. And thanks to Tandem Design, a team of Vancouver-based designers hired by Canada Post, they’ll have a special keepsake to remember it by.

“The design team’s goal was to create a souvenir for people coming to the Games,” says Alain Leduc, Manager of Stamp Design and Production at Canada Post. “They decided to focus on the venues, with an emphasis on how stunning they are.” The designers seized the opportunity to create a lasting image of their city to share with visitors. The two stamps feature spectacular photographs of Vancouver and Whistler. The photos represent the Vancouver 2010 Sea-to-Sky theme, a concept linking the scenic coastal city with Whistler’s majestic ski slopes.

“Working with photographs can be difficult because they are very rarely meant to be viewed at such a small scale,” explains Leduc. “In the case of the Whistler photograph—a very dramatic shot—we added a darker blue to enhance the contrast. As for the Vancouver shot, we extended the glow coming in from the left-hand side to make it clear that the photograph was taken at sunset.”

The Sea-to-Sky theme is extended on to the souvenir sheet, where the stamps are positioned between a totem pole, grounded in the land, and an orca whale in the sea. The stamps are set against a photograph of an inukshuk, located at the peak of Whistler Mountain. “It’s a wonderful expression of the inspiration for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games emblem,” says Leduc of the design concept.

The booklet also showcases the area’s appeal, with envelope seals that work in some other defining aspects of British Columbia. A totem and an inukshuk speak to the region’s rich Aboriginal history and culture, and a Kermode bear, orca whale and eagle—creatures of the land, water and sky—evoke Vancouver’s spectacular wildlife scene and its varied natural settings.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Details, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2010, p. 18-20.

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