The relationship between philately and the Olympic Movement is explored. Host countries issue many commemorative stamps to help finance the Games, and participating countries and even non-participating countries commemorate the Games with their own stamps. In this way the ideals of the Olympic movement are conveyed through philately, namely the promotion of understanding among peoples of the world.
Rowers are expected to be serious contenders at the 2012 Olympic Games. And
the Signals team has captured their power and discipline in Canada’s London
2012 Olympic Games Stamp.
Designed by Kosta and Mike, the stamp features an illustration of a
double-scull boat, created by Signals associate, Keith Martin. Kosta says, “We
were aiming for a highly stylized, hyper realistic approach to convey the
strength and determination of our Olympic athletes.”
The stamp shows a double-scull boat, gliding over a sheet of water that
creates its own wake as it moves. The bow of the boat pushes out over the blue
edge as if it is crossing the finish line, with an iconic red maple leaf
underscoring our Olympic effort. Printed with a seven-colour process, metallic
ink was used to enhance the ripples so the water seems to move as light plays
across the surface of the stamp.
Canada Post will issue the stamp on June 27th, 2012 in First Day Cover,
postcard and booklet formats.