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Health Guards the Nation

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue July 30, 1958
Year 1958
Quantity 24,600,000
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.25
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Used - Very Fine $0.20
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About Stamp

This commemorative postage stamp stresses the importance of health to the individual Canadian as well as the entire nation. Both the nurse wearing her cap and the lamp (symbolic of the noble profession of nursing) emphasize the ideals of national health. Public health has made great advances in Canada in recent years. Through health programs, education has pointed the way to sounder bodies, improved living conditions, and better health. In conjunction with provincial health- promoting activities, Canada's National Health Program has been moving forward to new objectives.

Health Guards the Nation

The portrait of a nurse forms the central motif of this stamp. Lettering in the vertical light from a nurse's lamp suggests the theme of the issue: "Health Guards the Nation" and in French, "La santé: force de la nation." This was the first Canadian postage stamp purposely designed with a living model as the featured symbol of the theme the stamps express.


Designed by Gerald Mathew Trottier. Portrait and picture engraved by Yves Baril. Lettering engraved by John F. Mash.

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Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 112-113.

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