Sisters on a new stamp
“We’re a stamp!” said Sister Monica Marie Kelly when she brought along the Canada Post newsletter announcing the 2014 edition of new stamps released July 7, 2014, which included one called St. Joseph’s Convent School (1960). The photograph of an elderly man with two Sisters of St. Joseph in the background was taken by Michel Lambeth, a photographer who delighted in taking pictures of Toronto and its people.
Michel Lambeth had a day job as a treasury clerk at Toronto City Hall. Before settling down he had done a number of things: studied sculpture in Paris, exhibited some drawings, written, and worked in film. In 1955 with a new 2¼” Rolleiflex camera, he took pictures at St. Lawrence Market. Having found his niche, he went on to tell the story of life in Toronto during that era with his pictures.
It is a tribute to Lambeth that his photograph was chosen. This seven stamp series consists of the best images to reflect Canadian photography from the past 150 years selected by a group of archivists and museum curators with historical and technical knowledge of photography in Canada.
The archivists and curators identified 35 photographers prominent in the history of Canadian photography. They were then asked to suggest one representative photograph from each artist taking into consideration: “the period in which the photo was shot, the location, and its quality and integrity once reduced to stamp size.”
Photo courtesy of Canada Post