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Theatre du Rideau Vert, 1949-1999

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue February 17, 1999
Year 1999
Quantity 6,000,000
Perforation or Dimension 13 x 12.5
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 $0.90
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Used - Very Fine $0.20
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Pane of 16 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 375,000
Original Price: $7.36
Printing Process: Lithography
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Printing Process: Lithography
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Fifty years ago this February, the curtain rose over a small theatre stage in Montréal, Quebec for the premiere performance of Canada's first-ever professional French theatre company. The play was "Les innocentes"; the theatre, le Théâtre du Rideau Vert; the founders, celebrated radio performer Mercedes Palomino and actress Yvette Brind'Amour.

This year, Canada Post commemorates the theatre's golden anniversary with a dramatic single stamp issue. The masks of tragedy and comedy, universal symbols of the theatre, form the basis for this stamp's design, appearing against a striking black background. The mask of tragedy on the left, painted in a cold blue, has been transformed into a representation of Mercedes Palomino. In the mask of comedy on the right, rendered in bright orange, the profile of Yvette Brind'Amour is visible.

Le Rideau Vert revolutionized Quebec theatre, introducing audiences to classical and contemporary theatre from the world repertory and winning new fans for Quebec authors and playwrights. One of its most notable accomplishments was co-development with Michel Tremblay of the playright's first work, "Les belles-soeurs", a controversial piece that was written in the vernacular 'joual' of poor Montréal neighbourhoods. Today, Tremblay is one of Quebec's most celebrated artists.


Designed by Yves Paquin.

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Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1999, p. 20-21.

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