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Canada Postal Service 2004 Issue
Designed by Rolf Harder

John James Audubon's Birds

Canada Postal Service has issued 2 new se-tenant stamps that have a postage value of 49 cents each and one new single stamp with a postage value of 80 cents. The stamps will be issued on the 14th of May 2004 named "John James Audubon's Birds". John James Audubon was a famous canadian painter who published the book "The Birds of America" in 1838. This book was produced in a limited subscription and only 200 copies were run in its first print. Audubon began the book in 1820 when he traveled through Canada and the United States painting individual portraits of native birds in their habitats. Canada postal Service selected five of these famous bird paintings and created this stamp issue. This issue is the second issue of a three year series featuring birds found in Canada. The birds depicted on the stamps are as follows (Start Top Right working right to left):

  • Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla Garrulus)
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula)
  • Boreal Chickadee (Parus Hudsonicus)
  • White-Winged Crossbill (Loxia Leucoptera)
  • Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza Lincolnii) (80 Cents)
Audubon painted the above Canadian birds in 1831 when he traveled along the Newfoundland coast. The painting are now owned by New York Historical Society which purchased them in 1863 from Audubon's window. The Rare printed editions of the The Birds of America can be seen in four Canadian public collections located, in Ottawawa, Toronto, Montreal and Frederiction.

"John James Audubon's Birds" 49 cents se-tenant stamps can be purchased in a pane of 16 stamps, Corner Blocks, or FDC's; and the 80 cents stamp can be purchased in a booklet of 6 stamps or FDC. The size of each horzonital stamp is 31.96mm x 48mm and the size of each vertical stamp is 31.96mm x 48mm. Perforation size is 13+ for the 49 cents stamps and the 80 cents will be kiss cut. The stamps will be printed by Lowe-Martin using the Lithography printing process with Tullis Russell Coated paper. The 49 cents stamps will have P.V.A. gum and the 80 cents stamp will have pressure sensitive gum. A quantity of 6,000,000 panes (49 cents stamps) and 2,100,000 (80 cents stamps) booklets will be printed.

John James Audubon's Birds 49 cents FDC

John James Audubon's Birds 80 cents FDC


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.canadapost.ca Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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