On today’s date in 2006, Canada Post issued a three-stamp set as part of its Flowers series.
The set includes denominated definitives for U.S. (Scott #2195), international (SC #2196) and domestic oversized (SC #2197) mailings (93 cents; $1.10; and $1.55, respectively). These stamps belong to the same series as the non-denominated Permanent domestic-rate stamp depicting the spotted coralroot (SC #2187) issued in November 2006.
“This is a particularly exciting issue for us,” said Danielle Trottier, then-manager of stamp design and production at Canada Post. “The souvenir sheet appears on the official first day cover (OFDC), along with a beautiful cancel depicting a dragonfly. What makes this a really unique OFDC is that this is the first time that a full set of definitives, including the non-denominated Permanent domestic rate stamp, appears on the souvenir sheet.”
The flat-leaved bladderwort appears on the U.S.-rate stamp while the little larkspur (Delphinium bicolor) is featured on the international rate and the marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata) is used for the domestic oversized rate.
Stamp designer Monique Dufour said there were challenges with the stamps’ designs because they are some of the smallest stamps ever produced by Canada Post.
“At that size, fine lines are invisible and the editing process for the illustration requires special care,” said Dufour, who worked alongside fellow designer Sophie Lafortune to create these and past Flowers stamps, using the illustrations of Sigmond Pifko.
“I love flowers and find them particularly inspiring,” said Pifko, who typically uses 10 to 30 different photographs to compose one flower illustration.
Printed on Tullis Russell Coatings, the flat-leaved bladderwort, little larkspur and marsh skullcap were all issued in six-stamp booklets and 50-stamp coils.