Friday, April 1, 2011

1972 Plains Indians

In 1972, Canada Post Office inaugurated its Canadian "Indians" stamp series with the release of four stamps illustrating the Plains Indians. The stamp were issued in se-tenant pairs in two installments, July and October. The Indians series continued annually featuring a different group each year until its completion in 1976.

July 6, 1972 release

The first two stamps in the series included a print, "Buffalo Chase", by George Catlin, an American artist who wandered widely in North America, and a photograph of Plains Indians' artifacts.

October 4, 1972 release
The stamps issued in October featured a thunderbird, the graphic symbol of divinity, and "The Fancy Dancer", the artwork of Gerald Tailfeathers of the Kainai Nation, illustrating the ceremonial costume worn during the Sun Dance.

First Day Covers

Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Covers

Canada Envelope Company

Shering Corporation


Overseas Mailers

Canadian Armed Forces



Canada Post Office Official First Day Covers

David Pritchard



Wabush, Labrador to Moncton, July 27, 1972
8 cents domestic letter rate + 50 cents registration fee

Kings Cove, Nfld., to Moncton, July 17, 1972
8 cents domestic letter rate + 50 cents registration fee