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The Totem Pole

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue February 2, 1953
Year 1953
Quantity 28,950,000
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Stamp Price Values

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Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine Only available to paid users
Used - Very Fine Only available to paid users
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Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found in the bottom-left corner.

Interesting Details

The designer's initial can be found in the bottom-right corner of the stamp. The initial H belongs to Emanuel Otto Hahn.

About Stamp

The new $1.00 postage stamp was designed by Emanuel Hahn, R.C.A., S.S.C., Toronto, Ontario, and the stamps were engraved and printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, Ottawa.

The Totem Pole

The new stamp displays a Pacific Coast Indian House and Totem Pole. This subject was selected because it is a popular symbol of a colourful chapter of Canada's rich heritage. The natives of the north-west coast of Candada were accustomed to record for posterity their genealogy, history and traditions by carving and painting, using representative symbols, chiefly animal designs.


Designed by Emanuel Otto Hahn. Picture engraved by Silas Robert Allen.

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Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1953.

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