New Stamps from Denmark

Danish Decorations

danish decorations stampsThe tradition of bestowing decorations and medals goes back many hundreds of years. The decorations have survived the transition from absolute monarchy to democracy and have undergone very few changes. As can be seen from the stamp, Christian V’s monogram still features at the centre of the white-enamelled cross, while the monogram of the reigning monarch is depicted above the cross. Initially, the circle of knights was limited to Danish royalty and noblemen – commoners did not come into consideration. Not until 1808 did Frederik VI widen the circle of those decorated with the Order of Dannebrog to include commoners.

Issue Date: 14.03.2015 Designer: Post Danmark Stamps/Ditte Rosenhørn Holm Illustrator: Bertil Skov Jørgensen (engraver) Process: Intaglio/Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 36.6 x 26.5mm

450th Anniversary of Herlufsholm

denmark harlufsholm stampWith approx. 630 pupils, Herlufsholm near Næstved on southern Zealand is the largest boarding school in Denmark. Widely known for its traditions, the school was founded in 1565 by the naval hero Herluf Trolle and his wife Birgitte Gøye, who wanted to establish a school for suitable and motivated young people. Post Danmark is marking the 450th anniversary of Herlufsholm with a stamp designed as a coat of arms with a ribbon encircling the images. The image at the top is a picture of the monastery building, one of the oldest buildings at Herlufsholm. Below is a portrait of the founders, Herluf Trolle and Birgitte Gøye, as well as one of the three scallop shells which are also featured in Birgitte Gøye’s coat of arms as symbols of the personal development undergone by the pupils during their time at Herlufsholm. Issue Date: 14.03.2015 Designer: Post Danmark Stamps/Jakob Monefeldt Illustrator: Bertil Skov Jørgensen Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 36.6 x 26.5mm

Danish Inventions

Post Danmark has decided to issue four stamps featuring four ground-breaking Danish danish inventionsinventions – two from the nineteenth century and two from the twentieth century. All four inventions are on display at the Danish Museum of Science and Technology in Elsinore north of Copenhagen.

THE MALLING-HANSEN WRITING BALL :Rasmus Malling-Hansen, who invented the writing ball, was a deaf-mute teacher at the Royal Institute for the Deaf-mute in Copenhagen. Through his work, he realised that sign language was a much faster way of communicating than writing with pen and ink. DRY CELL: Wilhelm Hellesen was a butter merchant who was passionately interested in physics and chemistry. By pouring ordinary plain flour into the battery liquids, he created the world’s first dry cell.

 LONG JOHN DELIVERY BIKE :At a time when all Danish towns were awash with messenger boys on bikes, the bicycle manufacturer Morten Rasmussen Mortensen from Aalborg developed his own Long John delivery bike with a platform placed between the front and rear wheels for transporting goods.

READY-MIX CONCRETE TRUCK: Before Kristian Hindhede, a civil engineer, built his truck for delivering ready-mix concrete, mixing concrete was hard manual labour done at the construction site. The ready-mix concrete truck was thus part of the rationalization measures which helped to automate and streamline the building trade. Also, the invention made it possible to build concrete structures on a much bigger scale.

Issue Date: 14.03.2015 Designer: Post Danmark Stamps/Jakob Monefeldt  Illustrator: Martin Mörck (Engraver) Process: Intaglio/Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 26.5 x 36.6mm

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