June 20, 2008 09:58 ET

Canada Post Teams up With Japan Post to Celebrate 100 Years of Anne of Green Gables

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - After months of anticipation, Canada Post is proud to announce that as of today, the Anne of the Green Gables stamps go on sale coast-to-coast-to-coast. The two domestic rate stamps, a joint issue with Japan Post, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery's internationally acclaimed Anne of Green Gables.

When Lucy Maud Montgomery set the story of her charming red-haired orphan Anne Shirley in Prince Edward Island, she was doing what writers do - writing about what she knew best. Having been raised by her grandparents outside of Cavendish, she gave young Anne the green fields of buttercups and introduced the world to an amazing character we still cherish today.

A first for Canada Post...

Recognizing how powerful the lure of the imaginary Anne is to readers, Canada Post created a cancellation mark for the town of Avonlea for the stamp's official first day cover. This is the first time the corporation has developed a cancellation located in a fictional town. It is paired with a an official cancel from Cavendish, the town which serves as the inspiration for the novel.

Designed by Trampoline's Oliver Hill and Dennis Page, the stamps feature paintings by Ben Stahl and Chris Kovacs. The use of warm hues of reds in Anne's hair and the sandbars in the background, as well as the blues in the water and sky were carefully chosen to capture Anne's vibrant nature and Prince Edward Island's unique land and sea scape. Moreover, screens of a delicate parlour wallpaper print accent the background pieces of the Official First Day Cover and the Souvenir Sheet.

Lowe-Martin printed 6 million stamps which will be sold in booklets of ten. The self-adhesive stamps will be printed using lithography in seven colours on Tullis Russel paper. They are general tagged on all sides. The Official First Day Cover will bear both stamps and both cancels; one CAVENDISH PEI and one AVONLEA PEI.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the Newsroom section of Canada Post's website, and photos(i) of these new stamps are in the Newsroom's Photo Centre. Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available at participating post offices, or 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.

(i) All reproduction of these stamps images but be accompanied by the following copyright notice: Anne of Green Gables is a trademark and a Canadian official mark of the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc. Image of Anne of Green Gables created by Ben Stahl. Image of Green Gables House created by Christopher Kovacs.

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