17 August 2011

New Stamps from Canada….



Date of Issue : 6 September 2011

Here are some new stamps from Canada Post   mental health, scientific innovations and  hydroplane. Canada Post has been issuing  a stamp on mental health for the last 3 years to create awareness about it. The souvenir sheet of mental health stamp shown above has been designed to convey the message  of care and awareness about this disease.

The 2011 Mental Health stamp is the fourth annual semi-postal issued in support of the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. Collectively, stamps issued in the past three years have raised close to a million dollars, via a dollar from the sale of every booklet of ten stamps going to the Foundation.  


Mental Health


Date of Issue : 6 September 2011


Booklet of 10 Stamps

“The Puzzle,” the winning entry in Canada Post’s Deliver Hope design competition, conveys a compelling message on the latest Mental Health semi-postal issue.

Designer of the stamp, Miriane Majeau of Terrebonne, Quebec, got involved because she wanted to create awareness of mental illness and the way it has touched the lives of those closest to her. Her entry, “The Puzzle,” resonated not only with the judges—mental health professionals and stamp design experts—who selected it as a finalist, it also touched a chord with the Canadian public, who gave it the winning share of the more than 286,000 online votes.

 Canadian Innovations


Date of Issue : 17 August 2011

This stamp issue shines a spotlight on the “Made in Canada” leaps of science and creativity that have changed lives at home and abroad.

Cardiac Pacemaker

In 1950, while studying hypothermia, Dr. John Hopps developed the world’s first cardiac pacemaker, which brought hope to those suffering with heart disease. In his experiments using radio frequency heating to restore body temperature, he learned that if a heart stopped beating due to cooling, it could be started again by mechanical or electric artificial stimulation. The first version of the now common medical device was external, far too large to be placed inside the human body. Improvements and miniaturization finally allowed for an unobtrusive version that could be surgically implanted.

Smart Phone - Black Berry

While smart phones and other communications devices, as well as technologies such as push email and mobile apps, are commonplace now, they were nearly the stuff of science fiction in 1999, when Research in Motion (RIM) founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie introduced the now iconic BlackBerry®. Their invention freed information workers from their desks and changed the way the world communicates. Subsequent versions and continuous innovation have kept RIM and its BlackBerry device a front runner in the massive smart phone market.

Electric Oven

Canadian cooks can thank inventor Thomas Ahearn for making their lives much easier. In 1892, he invented the first electric oven. The original model was made of brick, 2 metres (six feet) wide by 2 metres (six feet) high and, according to the press at the time, hot enough to “roast an ox.”

Electric wheelchair

One of Canada’s most prolific inventors, George J. Klein, created an electric wheelchair that offered mobility to quadriplegics and changed lives for the better. Dr. Klein’s list of inventions also includes the microsurgical staple gun and internationally significant innovations in aviation and space technologies.

Miss Superfast III 



Date of Issue : 8 August 2011

 This issue celebrates the triumph of Miss Supertest III—the legendary Canadian hydroplane that made history by capturing the International Harmsworth Trophy three years in a row.

Fifty years ago, on August 7, 1961, tens of thousands of excited spectators stood on the banks of Lake Ontario at Long Reach, near Picton, Ontario, and held their collective breath as Canadian hydroplane Miss Supertest III made history by capturing the International Harmsworth Trophy for a third time in a row. Her story is almost mythic in that it combines both triumph and tragedy, and is still told again and again by those who were there to witness her historic win.

: Canada Post



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