Striking images of five stamps marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic were revealed by Canada Post on Tuesday.
The stamps, being released April 5, were designed and created by a team that includes two Haligonians, Dennis Page and Michael Little.
The stamps, along with a stamp pane, a souvenir sheet, an uncut press sheet, prepaid postcards, framed prints, a collectible album and a stamp and coin collector envelope, show different angles of the ship, which sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, killing 1,500 people.
Page, an independent designer, says designing these stamps for Canada Post was an opportunity he’ll never forget.
It started with a doodle on a napkin.
“I tried to imagine what it would be like to be beside her and stand in front of her and look up and see this monolithic iron structure,” said the NSCAD University graduate.
“I presented several ideas, and I got a lot of inspiration from touring the gravesites, being at the museum, I had a lot of things to draw inspiration from.”
From there, after Canada Post chose his designs, he put together a team of designers and got to work.
“We call it Team Titanic, and I work with a designer named Oliver Hill who ... was kind of my design partner,” Page said.
“I basically do the conceptual work and the design, and then once we win the contract, then I need to find an illustrator to execute my designs.
“I hired Mike Little, a Haligonian; he did a wonderful job on this.”
Little, an illustrator from Northern England, has called Halifax home for 25 years.
He said working on this project was challenging but worth it, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“By the time it trickles down to me, everything has been pretty much decided,” Little said in his distinct English accent.
It was his job to create the illustrations for the original stamp designs.