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Happy Birthday Oscar Peterson

Happy Birthday Oscar PetersonOn August 15, 2005, Canada Post unveiled the country's newest postage stamp commemorating the life and achievements of composer and musician Oscar Peterson. The date coincides with Dr. Peterson's 80th birthday.

Internationally renowned, Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson has entertained the world with his mastery and prowess for more than 50 years.

The stamp was officially unveiled by the musician himself at a special birthday celebration held in Toronto. Dr. Peterson was joined by family, friends and fans at the HMV music store at 333 Yonge Street, Toronto for the ceremony. Every birthday needs a surprise, and Dr. Peterson received his at the event when Diana Krall arrived to sing a special birthday tune to him.

The 50¢ stamp is a collage of two photographs that showcase the talent and capture the essence of Canada's musical treasure, including Peterson's trademark smile. The primary image is a portrait of a relaxed Peterson leaning against an open piano. The second image is a close-up of his hands on the keyboard. The treatment was executed in duotone rather than four colours. The portrait is in sepia while the keyboard image has a bluer, cooler hue.
Happy Birthday Oscar PetersonThe 50 cents stamp is available at post offices across the country. It measures 32 mm x 32 mm, and is available in a special souvenir sheet of four stamps.

Canadian Bank Note printed 500,000 souvenir sheets, using 7 colour lithography and P.V.A. gum, on Tullis Russell Coatings paper. The stamp is general tagged on all four sides with 13+ perforations.

This is the first time that Canada Post has honoured a living Canadian.

VFNH 2005 50¢ Oscar Peterson 80th birthday

Souvenir sheet of 4

$3.95 CDN

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Happy Birthday Oscar PetersonYou can also purchase the mini-sheet of 16 stamps.

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