Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Stamps - flags

Our flag has only been around since 1964, but the government has done a spectacular job at making it one of the most recognized. The Maple Leaf has been emblazoned on pretty much everything.

And for several years we have had a flag series of stamps, some of which I have already shown and you can see here. Interestingly, this flag series are for domestic stamps, so they do not end up flying around the world.

Here are a couple more...

a lighthouse series with this example, issued on May 1 2008, from
Pachena Point, British Columbia, located along a dangerous stretch of the western coastline, on Vancouver Island.

"As the eye moves across the panel from left to right, you can almost hear the sound of the flag flapping in the wind," says Liz Wong, Manager of Stamp Design and Production at Canada Post. "It really brings out that deep sense of national pride."

And this example from a historic mills series of the Watson's Mill in Manotick, outside Ottawa. This stamp, released in 2010, was cancelled in Manotick for the 150th anniversary of the mill. There is a lot of history and and a tragic love story associated with the mill which you can read about here.

and, in honour of the Olympics opening soon, here is our example of an Olympian managing to wave the flag at an impossible angle on a victory lap.

In celebration of Canada's participation in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and also in recognition of the more than 340 athletes who will proudly represent our country, Canada Post is issuing a domestic rate (52¢) stamp on July 18, 2008.

(oops, which I now see is next week's theme)

see more flag waving stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog


  1. I simply love the one with the lighthouse! Thanks for dropping by...!

  2. I didn't know that flag had only been around since 1964.

  3. Well you can reuse that last stamp next week, it's OK.
    The family and I visited Niagara FDalls Canada and yes the Maple leaf is on everything in the souvenir stores!

  4. Lighthouses and mills that is a winning combination, as you may guess I like this series of stamps, only wish they had made them bigger but happily they are when scanned.

  5. I like the Olympic one, but in general flag stamps leave me cold.

  6. I used to use those Canada stamps before,I'm also excited to see the theme next week. :)

  7. Out of interest - what was the flag prior to 1964? Is there a stamp featuring it?? Great stamps. I too like the lighthouse one on Vancouver Island. I have been to Vancouver Island and absolutely fell in love with the place. :)

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    1. I checked the website for postal archives and can't see any stamp with any versions of the flag.

  9. Ooohh...a new même to join! I love stamps and have tons to share. I'm so glad you visited my page and led me back to this...:)


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