Aviation, Asahi baseball team, first Black letter carrier among highlights of 2019 stamp program

Covered bridges, endangered turtles and sweet desserts also celebrated

Aviation trailblazers, Japanese-Canadian athletes who triumphed on the ball diamond but were interned during the Second World War and the 150th anniversary of the Red River Resistance are all on next year’s stamps.

Canada Post is slated to issue these new stamps in 2019:

  • Queen Elizabeth II appears on a new definitive stamp;
  • Black History Month delivers the story of Albert Jackson, Canada’s first Black letter carrier;
  • just in time for spring weddings, gorgeous gardenias will grace the annual flower stamps;
  • next up to bat will be the poignant story of Vancouver’s Asahi baseball team, whose on-field victories did not shield them from off-the-field racism or from internment during wartime;
  • celebrating the heights of courage and ingenuity, the “Canadians in Flight” issue will honour Canadians and aircraft that made their mark on aviation, including First World War ace William George Barker and the pioneering Lazair ultralight plane;
  • the “Sweet Canada” issue, which serves up a tantalizing taste of Canada’s regional desserts;
  • stamps featuring two endangered turtles native to Canada will arrive on World Turtle Day
  • four native bears will also appear;
  • five stamps featuring vintage covered bridges will carry us back in time; and
  • the 150th anniversaries of the Red River Resistance and the joining of the Métis Nation to the Canadian federation will also be marked with stamps.

CONTINUING SERIES

Back for a repeat performance in 2019 will be:

  • the “From Far and Wide” series, which will continue its road trip through some of Canada’s most picturesque spots, including Tombstone Territorial Park (Yukon), Mahone Bay (Nova Scotia), the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve (Quebec) and Iceberg Alley, near Ferryland (Newfoundland and Labrador);
  • Lunar New Year, celebrating people born in the Year of the Pig; and
  • a new Canada Post Community Foundation stamp to offer Canadians a way to help youth.

Also, in regards to Christmas: “You can dress up your mail for the holidays with our Shiny and Bright stamps or send a more traditional message with stamps depicting the Nativity story,” reads a statement issued by the Crown corporation this month.

In addition, commemorative envelopes will mark the 150th anniversaries of the Fusiliers Mont-Royal, the Fusiliers du St-Laurent and The Princess Louise Fusiliers.

Many stamp topics chosen by the 12-person Stamp Advisory Committee are the result of suggestions from the public or organizations to honour a significant person, milestone or event.

Canada Post welcomes ideas for the 2020 program and beyond.

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