April 12, 2005 10:31 ET

Canada Post Honours A Canadian Publishing Icon... New Stamp Celebrates 100 Years Of Maclean's Magazine

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2005) - Much has changed within our borders over the last century. From the days of Canada's infancy, through its tumultuous teenage years and growth into a responsible adult player on the world stage, there has been one magazine that has not only reported the news to Canadians, but has taken an active role in the discussion of the issues. Canada Post is proud to honour 100 years of journalistic excellence by Maclean's magazine with a commemorative stamp issued today. The 50-cent stamp was unveiled before an audience of Maclean's employees at a ceremony in Toronto.

A hundred years ago, John B. Maclean bought an ad agency's in-house business journal and launched it under the name The Business Magazine. The magazine was a digest of articles from Canadian, American and British periodicals. Then, with a new title, Busy Man's Magazine, it shifted to a national magazine format. In 1911, it became Maclean's, started to cover politics and the arts and included works of fiction.

A weekly publication since 1978, Maclean's is owned by Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. A French-language edition, Le Magazine Maclean, appeared in 1961 but it was merged in 1976 with L'Actualite. With close to 2.8 million readers a week, the magazine enjoys a larger one-time audience than all other Canadian news and public affairs media. The magazine spotlights Canada's rising talent, thinkers and doers from business to entertainment, from politics to sports and provides a forum for a new generation of Canadian writers, illustrators and photographers.

Many of Canada's finest writers either began at Maclean's or flourished there. Writers whose work has appeared in the magazine include Mordecai Richler, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Robert Service, Stephen Leacock, Pierre Burton and June Callwood. The list of past-editors also reads like a literary icon review, with some of Canada's most distinguished writers, reporters and men of letters - including Thomas B. Costain, Ralph Allen, Peter Gzowski and Peter C. Newman - holding the post.

"Maclean's has been serving Canadians for 100 years. Much like the post office, this magazine takes its role of connecting Canadians very seriously," said the Honourable John McCallum, Minister Responsible for Canada Post. "It is a publication that brings together the news of the day, from around the world, and presents it to us with a Canadian perspective and critical eye that millions of Canadians have come to depend on. Canada Post is proud to honour this publishing milestone."

"Maclean's is the only Canadian weekly newsmagazine, which gives it an important place in Canada," said Tony Viner, President and CEO of Rogers Media Inc. "We are very proud of our accomplishments over the last 100 years and I believe this stamp honours the vision and hard work of each employee, past and present, who has had a role in what brings us here today. I thank every one of them and note that we look forward to continuing this journalistic excellence for another century."

The stamp was designed by Susan McIntee and Nick Monteleone, co-founders of the design firm 52 Pick-up Inc. of Toronto. This is their first stamp design. The stamp depicts the front covers from four different issues of Maclean's (left to right): March 1911; July 9, 1954; November 3, 1962 and July 1917.

Available for sale at post offices across the country today, the stamp measures 40 mm x 30.5 mm, and will be sold in a pane of 16 stamps. Lowe-Martin printed 4 million of the stamps, using 6-colour lithography plus spot varnish, and P.V.A. gum, on Tullis Russell Coatings paper. The stamp is general tagged on all four sides. The Official First Day Cover will read TORONTO, ONTARIO.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the Newsroom section of Canada Post's website, and a downloadable high-resolution photo of the Maclean's stamp is in the Newsroom's Photo Centre. Stamps and Official First Day covers will be available at participating post offices, can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website , or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA call toll-free: 1-800-565-4362 and from other countries call: (902) 863-6550.

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