P Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) set 2011

P Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) set 2011
Added by Alain Martineau
General Description : Souvenir sheet of 2 stamps, Gum Type: P.V.A.
It’s hard not to look at the deep warm hues of the sunflower, with its wide open face and not smile. There’s something inherently happy about its blooms.
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) were a common crop among Aboriginals throughout North America, so much so that some archaeologists have suggested sunflowers may have been domesticated before corn. The seeds were ground into flour for cakes, mush or bread and the oil was used for cooking.
While sunflowers originated in North America, thanks to exploration and colonization, they made a rather circuitous route to hybridization, via Russia and Eastern Europe. However, it was Canada that established the first official government sunflower breeding program in 1930, drawing the expertise of Mennonite farmers whose families had originated in Russia. The demand for sunflower oil grew and by 1946, these farmers built a small crushing plant. In 1964, the Canadian government licensed a Russian cultivar called Peredovik. The varieties are Prado Red and Sunbright.
Also available in simulated perforation pressure sensitive gum type.
Booklet of 10 stamps product #: 413789111 quantity: 12,000,000
Coil of 50 stamps product #: 101788 quantity: 40,000
Face value PERMANENT™ domestic rate $0.59
Catalog code (Michel) CA BL138
Catalog code (Scott) CA 2440
Catalog code Canada post Product #: 403789145; Yvert et Tellier CA BF141 Stanley Gibbons CA MS2761 WADP Numbering System - WNS CA025MS.11
Series Canadian flowers
Stamp colour multicolor
Stamp use Souvenir Sheet
Print run 200,000
Issue date 03/03/2011
Designer Isabelle Toussaint
Paper type Tullis Russell
Print technique Offset lithography
Printed by Lowe-Martin
Perforation 13+
Height 84.00 mm
Width 120.00 mm
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