Anne of Green Gables Postage Stamps From Canada and Japan
Anne of Green Gables Stamps, A Symbol of Anne's Enduring Popularity At Home and Abroad
In 2008, the 100th Anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Canada Post issued two collectible Anne of Green Gables Stamps featuring Anne Shirley and Green Gables. The postage stamps are 52-cent domestic rate stamps which means that they are good for all mail being sent within Canada.
The postage stamps feature artwork that was authorized by the heirs of L.M. Montgomery. The picture of Anne was painted by Ben Stahl and the picture of Green Gables, by Christopher Kovacs. The stamps were designed by Dennis Page.
"Anne is such a unique character, so full of life and so inspired by nature," says designer Page. "These paintings represent her story well - the images are surrounded by nature, and Anne appears lost in her thoughts."
The stamps were issued jointly with Japan to celebrate the wonderful Japanese connection to Anne of Green Gables. "In Japan, readers have formed a fan club called the 'Buttercups,' named for Anne's favourite flower," says Joy Parks, Research Officer, Stamp Services, at Canada Post. Therefore, these flowers are shown on the envelope seals that come with the stamp booklets.
In my opinion, these stamps are absolutely beautiful and I believe that they were enhanced by the digital work that went into making them look like the pages of a book printed in 1908. Read on for more information, more pictures and great sources of these stamps. They would be a totally unique gift for any Anne of Green Gables collector or fan!
Official Issue Date in Canada: June 20, 2008
The pictures use warm colors from Anne's hair and from the sandbars you will find in Prince Edward Island plus the blues of the water and the sky which represent Anne's personality and P.E.I.'s land and sea. Parlour wallpaper accents the backs of the Official First Day Cover and the Souvenir Sheet.
The commemorative issue includes two stamps, an Official First Day Cover and other related postal products. The Official First Day Cover was postmarked with a cancel from the Cavendish, Prince Edward Island post office (the town that was the inspiration for the novel's setting) and a cancel from Avonlea (the fictional town of Anne of Green Gables.) The text on the back is in English, French and Japanese.
Canada Post created a cancellation mark for the fictional town of Avonlea! This was the first time they have ever created a cancellation for a town that exists only in the minds of millions of Lucy Maud Montgomery fans around the world.
Animated Anne of Green Gables Appears On Japanese Stamps
People around the world love Anne but no one more so than the Japanese people. The original book, Anne of Green Gables, was taken to Japan in the 1930s by Canadian missionary Loretta Shaw. When she left the country at the onset of the Second World War, she left the novel behind with a friend who transferred it to Akage no An or Anne of the Red Hair. When the war was over and the Japanese school system wanted to promote Western books, this novel was suggested. In 1952 it was part of school curriculum and has been loved ever since. Every year, thousands of peole from Japan travel to see Anne's fictional home in Cavendish, P.E.I. It is at least in part for this reason that Anne of Green Gables has a huge following in Japan.
In the top of the following photo, you can just see the Japanese version of our stamps. The Japanese have also issued a collection of postage stamps from pictures of a 1970s anime-style animated Anne of Green Gables. The Japan Post Service that states that 10 million of the 15 million stamps made sold in the first month.
Six million self-adhesive stamps featuring seven colors and printed on Tullis Russel paper were issued in Canada to be sold in books of 10.
Links to Official Pages About These Stamps
- Canada Post - Collecting Stamps
One hundred years after the publication of the book Anne of Green Gables, Anne and her story are featured on a pair of domestic rate (52¢) stamps issued by Canada Post to celebrate the novel's centennial.
- Christopher Kovacs Fine Art
Full size prints of my original "Green Gables House™" painting are available. A signed and limited (to 500) edition print is available with the pair of Canadian stamps inset into the double-matte. As well, a signed and limited (to 20) edition print i
- Japan Post Service
Although the page this link goes to is in Japanese, it does provide a particularly good photo of the Japanese version of our stamps.
More Anne of Green Gables Reading
- Meet Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
We still love her long after she was created by the mind of L.M. Montgomery. Learn more about Prince Edward Island's Anne of Green Gables here.
- Who Was Lucy Maud Montgomery?
Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) created Anne of Green Gables from her vivid imagination and Anne's story was first published and presented to the world in 1908.
- Before Green Gables Book Review
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- The Looking For Anne (Of Green Gables) Movie
If you are like me, when you watch the movie trailer for Looking For Anne, you are going to get goose bumps. This is exactly the kind of historical story that I am intrigued by and which I find extremely moving. Looking for Anne is a new...
- Controversial New Anne of Green Gables Book Cover
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- Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, Children's Bo...
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