Canada Post continues its Spring Flowers series with callas


By David Hartwig

The latest stamps in the Spring Flowers of Canada series feature callas.

Canada Post issued this se-tenant (side-by-side) pair of undenominated Calla stamps at the permanent rate (currently 92¢) on March 1 in a booklet of 10, a reel of 50 and a sheetlet of two.

Canada Post describes the stamp designs as depicting “the calla in the popular colors of white and pink.”

One stamp shows two white callas with green leaves on a pink background, and the other a single pink calla with green leaves on a burgundy background.

Callas (Zantedeschia) are native to southern Africa. They were used medicinally before becoming sought after for ornamental uses because of their beauty and longevity as cut flowers, according to Canada Post.

By announcing the stamps in its Details collectors magazine, Canada Post explained that although many people call these flowers lilies, they actually belong to the arum plant family (Araceae) along with the peace lily, skunk cabbage and jack-in-the -desk.

Canada Post also explained the role callas played in the Victorian language of flowers. Also called floriography, it was a method of using flowers to send messages.

“In the Victorian language of flowers,” said Canada Post, “the calla has a lot to say, with each message determined by its color. White, for example, signifies purity and innocence, while pink conveys admiration and appreciation, and near-black evokes elegance and mystery.

Calla hybrids appear in shades of orange, pink, purple, yellow and almost black.

Canada Post said “the sophistication and elegance of callas make them a popular flower for weddings, as well as other celebrations and keepsakes.”

Designed by Paprika, the new stamps feature illustrations by Fanny Roy.

Color Innovations printed the booklet and souvenir sheet using six-color lithography and the reel stamps using four-color lithography. The booklet stamps measure 26 millimeters by 32 mm each and the coil stamps measure 20 mm by 24 mm.

The quantities printed are 700,000 books of 10 (Canada Post order number 414182111), 130,000 rolls of 50 (404182117 for the roll of 50, 404182119 for the roll of 10 and 404182118 for the roll of four) and 70,000 souvenir sheets of two (404182145).

Canada Post has also issued a limited-edition souvenir sheet overprinted with the logo for Capex 22, the international stamp exhibition taking place in Toronto, Ontario, June 9-12. The Canada Post order number for these souvenir sheets is 404182146 and 40,000 copies were printed.

Canada Post has also created 7,000 first day covers (414182131) bearing a pair of se tenant stamps and a first day postmark from Brampton, Ontario.

The floral series began in 2005 in Canada with stamps depicting daffodils (Scott 2091-2093).

The series continued with lilacs in 2007 (Scott 2206-2208), peonies in 2008 (2260-2262), rhododendrons in 2009 (2318-2320), African violets in 2010 (2376-2378), sunflowers in 2011 (2440-2444), daylilies in 2012 (2526-2530), magnolias in 2013 (2621-2625), hybrid tea roses in 2014 (2727-2731), pansies in 2015 (2809-2813), hydrangeas in 2016 (2896-2900), daisies in 2017 (2976-80), lotus flowers in 2018 (3087-3091), Cape jasmine gardenias in 2019 (3166-3170), dahlias in 2020 (3234-3238) and crabapple blossoms in 2021 (3281-3285).

Calla stamps, souvenir sheet and FDC are available online from Canada Post and by mail order from Canada Post Customer Service, PO Box 90022, 2701 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 1J8 Canada; or by phone from the United States or Canada at 800-565-4362, and from other countries at 902-863-6550.

They are also available from many new stamp dealers and from the Canada Post agent in the United States: Interpost, Box 400, Hewlett, NY 11557.

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