Happy Chinese new year!
For a new year’s gift I got this freebie postcard from Canada Post.
“Happy New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Ram. Stamps, souvenirs and collectibles. Canada Post wishes you good fortune and good health during the Year of the Ram….”
I guess I’m on their mailing list based on my recent postal card addiction.
Canada Post has been doing a stamps and postcards for the Chinese zodiac a few years now, but I haven’t seen mine – Year of the Dog. I missed their last one, so I guess I won’t see the my dogs until 2018.
It was fifty years ago today that Canada got it’s current flag. Prior to that we had a version with a prominent Union Jack, which was generic like many former British colonies’ flags. Check out my postcard with our old flag.
Our new flag is rather iconic and we’re rather fond of it.
So in honour of our 50th anniversary of our flag, below is an unsent postal card from Canada Post.
“The word peace is printed in our 2 official languages and 21 other lanaguages of Canada as identified by Statistics Canada 1996 Census.”
Our federal government has put together a short patriotic video of our flag:
The government, in a surprisingly hip move for them, has also started a campaign, Share your Moment with the Flag” using the hastags #flag50 and #drapeau50 to encourage Canadian’s to post photos of themselves with the flag.
Happy Flag Day!
Tomorrow is the anniversary of Superman‘s first appearance in Action Comics #1
Canada Post released stamps and ten postcards to honour Superman’s Canadian connection (one of his creators, Joe Shuster, was Canadian). I have posted the first batch of five Man of Steel postcards earlier, so in honour of Supes’ birthday here are five more…
Here’s how the back of these postcards look:
Today is the birthday of Gordon Downie, lead singer of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. They are definitely one of the best bands Canada has ever produced and probably my favourite. We saw them in concert once and they were incredible (including Downie’s infamous stage banter)!
Canada Post released a postal card in their honour in July 2013.
I noticed this card shortly after it was released at my local pharmacy’s Canada Post outlet. It was the first time I was aware that Canada Post produced cool postal cards– as previously I’d just seen their uninspired postcards of the moose and loons.
Canada Post is still selling The Hip postcard. Here’s their write-up on the band:
Five friends from Kingston, Ontario – Gordon Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, and Johnny Fay – founded The Tragically Hip in 1984. The band’s name, chosen quickly before their first gig, was inspired by Elephant Parts, a short video by former Monkee Michael Nesmith.
Known for their powerful, energetic live performances, The Hip has established a demanding concert itinerary, touring extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
The band has released 12 studio albums, 2 live albums, one extended play (EP), and 54 singles, and sold millions of records worldwide. Enjoying mass popularity and critical success, The Hip has received numerous awards, including 14 JUNO Awards, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
It’s my birthday today. Having a birthday in January is not great – it’s too close to Christmas, the weather is usually miserable, and people are sick and tired.
But today the weather was beautiful. I’ve had a great day so far – I stayed up late last night watching superhero cartoons, slept in obscenely late, ate pastries galore that my wife procured for me, and now my wife is making a meal extravaganza for me while we prepare for an evening of watching superhero movies with the family!
I even bought myself the postcard sold by Canada Post as a birthday present to myself. Capricorns most definitely rule!
Canada Post produced a series of stamps – and postcards – of the signs of the zodiac. I was under the impression that Canada’s stamps were supposed to depict our culture, artistry, and history. I’m not really sure we should be celebrating dubious occult beliefs. But it does make a great birthday post!
I love Canada Post’s description of Capricorns:
A practical and persistent goat, Capricorn is the most stable and serious sign of the zodiac. But approach with caution: Capricorn’s mood swings are legendary, which explains why the word “Capricorn” is the root of “capricious!
It’s not too late to celebrate my birthday by sending me a postcard!! You can mail it to me here.
I recently ordered a bunch of postcards from Canada Post. I knew for years they made postcards of Canadian animals and scenery, and that they made cool stamps representing important Canadian cultural and historical events and figures.
They have a series of famous Canadian musicians, so I got postcards of the ones I’d heard of (some were before my time or only popular in French Canada).
I got one of Joni Mitchell,, the famous folk singer/songwriter. As tomorrow is her birthday, here is her postcard:
Like me, Joni Mitchell used to live in Toronto (check out my list of other famous Torontonians).
Do you think Canada Post will make a postcard of Justin Bieber any time soon?
Two of my greatest loves in life: postcards (naturally) and superheroes.
Never before have these two passions met, until I recently learned that my great country’s postal service was releasing a series of Superman postcards this month! Faster than a speeding bullet, I went online and pre-ordered all of them as well as the accompanying Superman stamps.
The connection to Superman and Canada isn’t that strong (Joe Shuster was born in my hometown of Toronto, Ontario) – but who cares it’s superhero postcards!!!
When they arrived last week, it was like being waylaid by kryptonite as I was so excited I couldn’t move. I couldn’t open them from their shrink wrap until today, so that I could share them with you faithful readers.
There are two sets of five. The set below is covershots of the famous DC comic (the other set of Superman pictures, I’ll share at a later date). Behold: