On today’s date in 1959, Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter and photographer Bryan Adams was born in Kingston, Ont.
In 2009, Canada Post featured Adams on a 54-cent multi-coloured stamp (Scott #2333d) as part of its “Canadian Recording Artists” series. Printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell coated paper using nine-colour lithography and varnish, the stamp has general tagging along each side and measures 32 millimetres by 32 millimetres.
It’s available in booklets of eight stamps and souvenir sheets of four stamps, and an official first-day cover was serviced with a Paquetville, N.B. cancellation.
In 2002, Adams was invited to photograph Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee. One of his photographs was used on a stamp issued by Canada Post in 2004 and 2005, and another portrait of both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is now in the National Portrait Gallery in London.