07 - MAY 18.15
From concept to final product, experience
the creative process, the technical skill and the sheer artistry
that underlies every series of Canadian stamps and banknotes.
Engraving for banknotes (paper money) and postal stamps
is considered one of the most difficult engraving art forms, as
the challenge is to outwit counterfeiters by developing very intricate
designs difficult to copy and reproduce. The talents of Yves Baril
of Quebec and Jorge Peral of Mexico are featured in the exhibition,
as they both became masters of their art.
Postal stamps from 1908 to 2013 recognize women such
as poet E. Pauline Johnson, baker Rose-Anna Vachon, and social activist
Nellie McClung, men like Métis leader Louis Riel, explorers
Cartier and Champlain, and hockey heroes Paul Henderson and Yvan
Cournoyer. Other stamps reflect birds and animals, villages and
mountains, the territory of Nunavut and the initial Klondike Gold
Artifacts such as a maquette of the Bluenose sailing
ship, watercolours, photos and drawings, along with engraver's tool
and printing plates used in the production of bank notes and stamps
will be on display, and we will also take a peek behind the scenes
and show bank note and stamp designs that were not retained.