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Spring Has Returned With Magnificent Magnolias

OTTAWA, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada Post today issued two stunning new stamps today featuring the magnolia ( Magnoliaceae) in the eighth issue of these PERMANENT TM floral stamps.  This collection of stamps is among the most popular of the year, highly anticipated by brides for upcoming wedding invitations and gardener's eager to see which flower species is featured on stamps that sell over 14 million units a year.

"These stamps are a beautiful reminder that spring is just around the corner," says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada Post. "This collection is enjoyed by many collectors, gardeners and any flower enthusiasts."

The two colourful magnolias appearing on the stamps are the 'yellow bird' and 'eskimo' hybrids, specifically developed for the harsh Canadian climate.  Whether it is their shyly opening cup of velvety petals, or their intoxicating fragrance prized by luxury perfumers, there's something romantic and irresistibly exotic about magnolias.  This breathtaking flower is one of the world's oldest flowering plants dating back over 30 million-years, existing even before bees.

The flower is associated with nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature. Magnolias are often used in floral arrangements such as wedding bouquets to represent the purity and dignity of the bride. Magnolia's are also known for their resilience under difficult circumstances. They represent rebirth, transformation and tenacity, the perfect metaphor for the spring season.

About the stamps The stamps measure 26 mm x 32 mm (vertical) and have simulated perforations. Lowe-Martin will print the stamps, which are available in booklets of 10 stamps, on souvenir sheets of two stamps, and in a coil of 50 stamps. The stamps are pressure sensitive and printed on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in six colours. They are general tagged on four sides. The official first day cover will be cancelled in Bloomfield, Ontario. To download the image of the stamps, please click here . To purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.

SOURCE Canada Post

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