Stamps 4 and 5 Added to Subplot's Canada 150 Set
May 16, 2017
Another two additions to the Canada 150 stamp set by Subplot Design and Canada Post have been released—for marriage equality in 2005, and for the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway in 1971. (See also: stamps one, two, and three.)
The marriage equality stamp was launched at The 519, a Toronto LGBTQ community centre, with the help of former politician Olivia Chow. The stamp recognizes that twelve years ago, when Canada passed the Civil Marriage Act, it became only the fourth country in the world to legalize marriage for all its people, no matter their sexual orientation.
Subplot designed the Official First Day Cover (OFDC) for the marriage equality stamp to be inclusive and celebratory. “The challenge of the OFDC was in representing the large and diverse LGBTQ+ community,” says designer Jacquie Show. “Using silhouettes of people to frame the image of the rainbow flag—a symbol of solidarity, resistance, and pride for the LGBTQ+ community since its inception in the 1970s—brings a vibrancy and sense of celebration to the OFDC.”
Canadians share their stories about the historic moment, below:
Stamp #5, launched today by country singer Dean Brody, commemorates the Trans-Canada Highway (also known as Highway 1), which became the longest uninterrupted highway in the world when it was finished in 1971. While it no longer holds that title, Highway 1 is still an amazing feat—it connects all provinces and major cities and links to roads into Canada’s North.
The stamp features a route marker and the OFDC includes depictions of some of the fun pit stops along the highway. “Pausing to see the ‘Biggest Nickel,’ ‘Mac the Moose’ and the ‘Woodenhead’ are always a welcome break from those long hours on the road,” notes Roy White, creative director at Subplot.
Stay tuned for stamps 6-10!
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