International Year of Light
The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light: 1000 years ago, it was first proved that light sources emit radiation, exactly 200 years ago, the natural wave of light was discovered and the quantum theory of light 110 years ago. Experimenting with light has awoken curiosity for science. The special stamp “play of light” (face value CHF 1.90) allows the viewer to perform three experiments with respect to the mentioned anniversaries. Thanks to the fluorescent color of the background the stamp glows in the dark. It is a light source, if it has been irradiated by the sun. The wave theory can be observed by holding the stamp in front of a light source. The micro-perforations in the paper are clearly visible in the light waves that are diffracted by the small openings. For the experiment, the quantum theory of pink curve was printed in the background of the globe with a special color. Upon irradiation with UV light, the color changes from pink to violet.
Issue Date: 02.03.2015 Designer: Leone Ming, Schaan Printer: Royal J. Enschedé, Haarlem Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 29 x 36 mm
Europa 2015 Stamps and Maxi Cards : Old Toys
This year’s Europa stamps, which are issued by the Member States of the Organization of European postal companies, Posteurop, rely on the topic of toys. The Liechtenstein edition includes two special stamps and shows Liechtenstein play figures made in the 1940s, a “polar bear” (face value CHF 1.40) and a “goat” (face value CHF 1.40). The artistic implementation focuses on the actual purpose of the figures, playing. Thus, the images look like snapshots of childhood scenes: The polar bear enjoys the air in the freezer of the refrigerator and the goat climbs a lemon proudly.
The former toy factory in Schaan made other Krippenund animal figures for several years. First of all a kind of modeling clay was developed on the basis of diatomaceous through lengthy trials. This was pressed into metal molds and painted after curing by hand. The figures sold worldwide. In 1949 a founder of the company left the company. His partner merged under the name Spiwa with another company in the industry and produced some further years.
Issue Date: 02.03.2015 Designer: Brigitte Lampert, Zürich Printer: Cartor Security Printing Meaucé La Loupe Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 30.94 x 42 mm