Concluding its month-long series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the beloved sci-fi TV show Star Trek, Canada Post has issued the final two stamps, these using lenticular printing in homage to the famed “transporter.” The stamps – issued in lenticular souvenir sheets of varying sizes – were unveiled in Toronto on May 5. Designed by Kosta Tsetsekas, of the Vancouver-based Signals Design Group, these are the first lenticular stamps issued by Canada Post since a 2009 series commemorating the Montreal Canadiens (Scott #2340). Lenticular printing makes images appear, when viewed from different angles, as if they are in motion. The stamps depict Star Trek’s most famous technology – the teleportation machine known as the transporter – and one of its most popular episodes, “The City on the Edge of Forever.” The motion-like effect of lenticular printing brings the beloved series to the “miniature screen,” said Jim Phillips, Canada Post’s director of stamp services. Lenticular was an opportunity to recognize the show’s futuristic vision as well as the special effects that brought it to life, Tsetsekas said. Continue reading →
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