The Canada Post is honoring two famous theaters by issuing new stamps.
The Grand Theatre stamp highlights the building's historical origins. Ambrose Small, who founded the institution in 1901, is shown in front of the theater's famous proscenium. Actors including John Gielgud, Sarah Bernhardt, Bela Lugosi and Sidney Poitier have performed at the Grand Theatre, which is in London, Ontario. It celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sept. 9.
Montreal's Theatre du Nouveau Monde stamp depicts two of its founders, Jean Gascon and Jean-Louis Roux. The seven founding members of Theatre du Nouveau Monde sought to produce and perform a wide-ranging repertoire and made a point of showcasing the works of international playwrights. The theater marks its 50th anniversary during the 2001-2002 season.
The stamps were released in panes of 16 on Sept. 28. Stamps and first-day covers are available by calling (800) 565-4362.
In 1997, the U.S. Postal Service honored John Philip Sousa with a special 32-cent stamp featuring a musician playing a trumpet, with the American flag in the background.
Sousa's most famous march is "The Stars and Stripes Forever." In 1988 Congress declared it the national march of the United States. Sousa wrote 136 military marches during his career.