Canada's postal operator wants letter writers and those requesting international parcel delivery to boldly send their packages to places where they have never gone before – with special commemorative "Star Trek" stamps attached to them.
In honor of the the highly acclaimed television series' 50th anniversary, Canada Post is paying tribute to the science fiction and adventure drama by printing a collection of stamps, depicting former captains who commanded various iterations of the U.S.S. Enterprise. They include the original Captain James T. Kirk, Captain Jean Luc-Picard, Captain Benjamin Sisko and Captain Kathryn Janeway. In the background of these stamps are various characters who played prominent roles in each respective captain's tenure, like Locutus of Borg for Picard and Khan Noonien Singh for Kirk, featured in the 1982 film "The Wrath of Khan."
The 50th anniversary of "Star Trek" was actually last year, but in typical entertainment industry style, Canada Post says the pack was deserving of a sequel. There are seven stamps in total, the other three featuring Captain Jonathan Archer, the shuttlecraft Galileo and the Borg cube, the highly identifiable spacecraft that "Star Trek" aficionados were introduced to originally in 1989 after the series had been re-launched as "The Next Generation.".
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The science fiction franchise is the brainchild of Gene Roddenberry, who introduced the world to his characters in 1966. Ever since, the series has spawned numerous offshoots, including toys, books, major motion pictures and animated television series. The current incarnation of the long-time TV drama is "Star Trek: Discovery." Recently, several Canadian actors have signed on as cast members, including Rekha Sharma, who hails from Vancouver, Toronto native Kenneth Mitchell and Clare McConnell, also from Ontario's capital city, according to the Canadian Press. The premiere episode of "Discovery" has yet to be announced.
Before this most recent campaign, Canada Post has been heavily involved in promoting the country's sesquicentennial, which will be celebrated in July. In the run-up to Canada Day, it's releasing 10 commemorative stamps, each depicting a seminal moment in Canadian history.
The first one, unveiled officially on April 27, depicts Habitat 67, the modular housing complex located in Montreal that the world was introduced to in 1967 at Expo 67, the World's Fair that was held in Canada. Experts say that Expo 67, in some ways, helped put Canada on the map, as many people hadn't been formally acquainted with Canadian culture before then.
Historians point to Habitat 67 as not only a representative symbol of Expo 67 but also what could be the future of housing construction, helping to reduce overcrowding in highly populated metropolitan areas.
Customers will be able to purchase the celebratory stamps by June 1.