|Date of Issue||March 22, 1974|
|Perforation or Dimension||12|
|Series||1976 Olympic Games, Keeping Fit|
|Series Time Span||1974|
|Printer||Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.|
|Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine||Only available to paid users|
|Used - Very Fine||Only available to paid users|
The second issue of Canada's Olympic stamps, anticipating the 1976 Montreal summer games, reflects the enjoyment and the reward of participation in physical exercise, which inspire the magnificent achievements of athletes in world competition and which are shared the world over by people of all ages and circumstances. Even while the very accomplished athletes of all countries pursue their rigorous programmes in preparation for the games, children, youths, adults and family groups are being attracted to physical pastimes. These recreational activities generally reflect something of the land, the seasons, and the people. Canada, in summer, is represented typically by the subjects of the four designs which are featured on this postal issue. Mature adults jogging illustrate that this year round sport is not confined to the young. The expense is not great - all that is needed is a pair of running shoes and a place tu use them. Instead of taking the dog for a walk, why not take him for a run? Jogging is highly recommended by many authorities because it conditions the lungs and circulatory system. Thus water activities, jogging, bicycling and hiking typify a renewed appreciation of the benefits of conditioning, a healthy mind and a healthy body, and these sports demonstrate the wisdom of the Olympic creed "The most important thing... is not to win but to take part...". These new issued are being produced with the latent image technique, a first on stamps in Canada and the world. Viewed straight on, one of the four recreational activities will be seen, but when observed at an oblique angle, the Montreal Olympics symbol will appear. The designs for these stamps were created by Hunter Straker, Templeton Limited. Those of the joggers and the cyclists were derived from photos taken by Mr. Crombie McNeill for Information Canada.