Summer is the season for travel and we’re going to take you around the globe in our new blog series, highlighting stamps from countries worldwide. For our first trip, we’re looking at some of Canada Post‘s 2012 stamps. We spotted a few overlapping themes with USPS’s 2012 stamp program, and some notable differences, too.
The War of 1812 was largely as important to the provinces that would later unite into the Dominion of Canada as it was to the United States. It’s no wonder, then, that both USPS and Canada Post are issuing stamps this year to commemorate the war’s bicentennial. Canada Post’s two-stamp se-tenant issuance focuses on two heroes of the war—British Major-General Sir Isaac Brock and War Chief Tecumseh—with images of a frontier settlement and Native American camp in the background. These stamps pay tribute to the historical impact of the war and Canada’s cultural makeup.
Canada Post rang in the Year of the Dragon in January with an issuance featuring the highly revered, mystical creature, which represents fortune, power, and good luck in Chinese folklore. The depiction of the serpent-like dragon includes gold foil and embossing, making the stamps really jump off the envelope!
In May, Canada Post began a Children’s Literature series with a set of four stamps honoring beloved children’s book character Franklin the Turtle. Lovable Franklin is one of our favorite characters and we had no idea his more than 100 children’s stories were written, illustrated, and published in Canada. This certainly takes us back to our childhood!
Our philatelic interest is piqued and we can’t wait to see some stamps from other parts of the world. Where would you like us to go next?