Australia Post is celebrating the technological revolution of the 21st century with the release of five domestic rate (60c) stamps featuring the mobile phone, modern refrigerator, flat-screen television, digital media player and the Global Positioning System (GPS). This stamp issue is available from 7 February 2012.
Mobile phones have revolutionised our daily communication. New technologies, such as the 4G mobile phone, allow us to be connected globally. Fixed line phones could only provide aural communication but today\’s smart phones have a myriad of functions such as internet, video and audio.Public television was introduced to Australia for the 1956 Olympic Games. Early units transmitted in black and white for limited periods. Today many cars are equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) that informs the driver the best route to any destination. This device uses satellites to provide information on driving activity including location. Printed street directories and road maps are increasingly a thing of the past.
The Technology – Then and Now stamp issue was designed by Stacey Zass. Stacey\’s recent stamp designs include A Bicentenary: Governor Lachlan Macquarie (2010) and Centenary of International Women\’s Day (2011).The stamp products include a minisheet, first day cover, stamp pack, self-adhesive booklet of 10 x 60c stamps, self-adhesive roll of 200 x 60c stamps, decorative gutter strip of 10 x 60c stamps and a set of five maxicards.