Many on-lookers participated in the ‘big’ reveal of a Canada Post issued stamp at O’Leary’s PEI Potato museum, home of the Giant Potato, July 7.
The stamp commemorates one of the “most photographed potatoes in the world” said Stanley MacDonald, chair of the museum’s board of directors.
The Big Potato was selected as part of a “Roadside Attraction” series put out by Canada Post. The series includes, the Giant Blueberry of Oxford, NS, the Giant Lobster of Shediac, NB and the Giant Squid of Glover Harbour, NL. These four attractions depict important components of each of these communities and form an integral part of the region. The stamp series is entering its third year which started in the West and has now entered Atlantic Canada.
“Stamps are like little ambassadors and go around the world.” said communication manager for Canada Post, Denise Corra. “They tell us something about the people and places they travel.”
The 14 - foot high potato was created in 1997 and was the idea of local resident Jimmy Stewart and then coordinated by Community Development officer, Eva Rodgerson whom Potato Museum founder Dr. L. G. Dewar referred to as the “Mother of the Big Potato”. The Potato Stamp depiction was a dream of Dr. Dewar who himself was a local collected and studied postage stamps.
Everyone in attendance received a set of first - day commemorative stamps. Each booklet was stamped with a special cancellation stamp marking the grand event.