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Canada/Stamps : The 1972-1978 Caricature Issue - An Overview

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Brixtonchrome
08 Jan 2019
04:16:45pm
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This week on my website, I begin a long series of posts that explores, in depth, my favourite definitive issue: the 1972-1978 Caricature Issue of Canada. This issue followed on the heels of the extremely popular 1967-1973 Centennial issue. Because of how popular the Centennial issue was, many collectors did not pay a lot of attention to this series, with the result that a low of what are now known to be very scarce printings were overlooked and used for postage. This has resulted in the series being quite challenging to collect. It offers a specialist nearly everything they could want in a stamp series, including:

1. Shade varieties.
2. Design type differences.
3. Constant plate varieties.
4. Perforation differences.
5. Tagging differences.
6. Paper fluorescence varieties.
7. Other paper varieties, such as thickness, texture and coating.
8. Line and comb perforations, as well as perforated an imperforate selvage.
9. Interesting postal history
10. Multiple plates and printings of the same stamps done by 2 different printing firms.

The detailed post presents the basic stamp designs, and then gives a brief overview discussion of how you can delve into the above aspects to form an in-depth, specialized collection of this issue.

To access the full post, click on the following link:

https://www.brixtonchrome.com/blogs/canadian-stamps-and-postal-history/the-caricature-and-landscape-issue-of-1972-1978-an-overview

This has proven to be a very popular issue with my customers, so I am looking forward to eliciting discussion among members of various aspects of this issue and hopefully uncover the existence of undocumented varieties that I can add to my series of posts on this issue. So, please do not be shy - offer whatever insights and knowledge that you can about this issue. I will share a brief summary of each week's post here.

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musicman
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08 Jan 2019
09:48:57pm
re: The 1972-1978 Caricature Issue - An Overview

Quote:

"car·i·ca·ture
noun
1.
a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect"




Never understood why Canada Post named this series this -

these look like normal artistic renderings, not caricatures.


I do enjoy the series, though - reminds me of USPS' Famous Americans series.
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Brixtonchrome
08 Jan 2019
10:18:40pm
re: The 1972-1978 Caricature Issue - An Overview

Thanks Musicman. I agree - they do look like the Famous Americans series. I don't think Canada Post came up with this name. Rather, I think it was some collectors that did. I first saw it referred to this way in a specialized stamp catalogue from the 1970's. I think it has simply stuck since then.

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Bujutsu
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09 Jan 2019
12:26:19pm
re: The 1972-1978 Caricature Issue - An Overview

Great and very useful information on the Caricature & Landscape issue Brixtonchrome. Thanks for sharing. This should make it easier for me to examine my collection better too.

Chimo

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Brixtonchrome
09 Jan 2019
06:41:10pm
re: The 1972-1978 Caricature Issue - An Overview

You are most welcome. It is my hope that I can help collectors get more enjoyment out of their collections with my writing.

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