September 20, 2005 14:10 ET

Hon. John McCallum, Minister Responsible For Canada Post, Announces New Stamps Celebrating October As Stamp Collecting Month

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 20, 2005) - If you're feeling Nedly because your backside Ollie was gravical... then new stamps being issued by Canada Post next month will be right up your alley (no pun intended!). If the last sentence meant anything to you, then you must be a skateboarder, snowboarder, mountain biker or wall climber, or you know someone who is. In celebration of stamp collecting month, Canada Post will issue four stamps showcasing the youth sports of skateboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking and wall climbing. The 50-cent stamps will be available for sale in post offices across the country on October 1, 2005.

The four sports featured on these fun stamps are all relatively new to the sporting scene, yet each has made an impact in the sporting world, attracting legions of fans and devotees.

October is celebrated around the globe as the month when collectors celebrate the fun of collecting stamps. Most postal administrations issue stamps with a youth-oriented theme. Past Canada Post stamp collecting month issues have highlighted fun and educational themes such as astronauts, pets, cartoon superheroes and clowns.

"These stamps, with their colourful and action-packed designs, are sure to appeal to young Canadians," said the Honourable John McCallum, Minister responsible for Canada Post. "In this, the International Year of Sport and Physical Education, I hope that these stamps will encourage kids to look at the benefits of being involved with sports and with stamp collecting."

Canadian school children will be invited to show-off their best sporting moves in a stamp month contest. By sending in a picture of themselves participating in their favourite sport, they could win $500.00 toward the purchase of the sporting gear of their choice and have their picture featured on their own Picture Postage™ stamp. Details at

The stamps were designed by Winnipeg's Circle Design. Robert L. Peters, founder of Circle Design, says the stamps reflect the excitement found in these sports. "Their major appeal for youth is their 'counter-culture' and non- conformist stance. Each is associated with 'attitude' that is expressed through distinct fashions, colours, and graphics," Peters said. "It was this perspective that we detailed with the dramatic, angled presentation and related colours. Illustrated with exaggerated perspective, the stamps work well in combination and also on their own."

Available for sale at post offices across the country on October 1, 2005, they will be sold in a booklet of eight self-adhesive stamps. Lowe-Martin printed 4 million of the stamps, using 7-colour lithography on Tullis Russell Coatings paper with printed bars tagging. The Official First Day Cover will read: Whistler, B.C.

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 Youth stamps 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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