The Little Prince
Germany has issued a stamp on 1st September 2014 to commemorate a great literary work by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – “The Little Prince”. The Little Prince was first published in 1943.It is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects.
From Lindau to Milan with a Coach
This stamp has been issued to honor all those who participated in a dangerous trip from Lindau to Italia. These coaches transported the Post for all the countries that situated on their rout. The stamp issue was released on the 1st September2014.
The “Lindau Messenger” was the name given to the many personages, who served as a coureer between the Free Imperial Town of Lindau/Lake Constance and the City of Milan/Italy on behalf of the Chambers of Commerce in both towns between 1322 and 1824, a span of more than 500 years.
In those times it took him 5 ½ days to cross the Alps, rivers, and lakes on his weekly route from Lindau to Milan and return. In winter and summer the Lindau Messenger did his tour with mail, goods, and passengers. It was a dangerous route through avalanches of snow or rock, rain, snow, loose rocks, narrow bridges crossing deep gorges.
Even nowadays, the road and the landscape still give more than a glimpse of the hazards of those times.