The words "CANADA 150" are written on the player's hockey stick.
Canadians can be a little territorial about their passion for hockey, but thanks to decades of league expansion and the rise of fan interest in community teams, it’s clear that Americans are also enamoured of our national winter sport. This stamp belongs to a Canada-U.S. joint issue that pays tribute to the shared history born on frozen ponds and hometown rinks.
United States Postal Service (USPS) Joint Issue
This is the sixth joint issue for Canada Post and the United States Postal Service (USPS) dating back to 1959, and the first in more than a decade. It’s also their first celebrating a sport. It was designed by Roy White, with photography by KC Armstrong and professional retouching by Brad Pickard.
The stamp format is tête-bêche – a joined pair of similar images in which one is upside down – and the design is strong on nostalgia. On an open pond, a player in modern equipment reflects, literally, on the past. Mirrored in the ice beneath him is a player in vintage gear. The imaginative imagery gives a visual sense of looking back through time. The paired images also depict the game’s evolution and its continuing presence in the lives of players and fans alike.
The issue includes the two Canadian domestic-rate stamps, as well as a souvenir sheet featuring gummed versions of the pair and a souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover (OFDC) cancelled in Windsor, Ontario. Also available is a joint OFDC bearing the tête-bêche Canadian designs and the two stamps denominated at USPS’s Forever rate, cancelled in Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan.