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125th Birth Anniversary of Friedrich Kiesler

austria kiesler stampThe Austro-American architect, designer, painter and stage-set designer was born on 22 September 1890 to a Jewish family in Czernowitz. This visionary is still today regarded as an important model by modern architects and artists, above all because of the variety of his work and his interdisciplinary approach.Kiesler derived his theoretical basis from the Vienna of the early 1900s, taking Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann as his models.

In 1926, Kiesler went to New York, where he was involved in the organisation of the International Theatre Exposition and designed display windows for the Saks 5th Avenue department store. Friedrich Kiesler’s late work, The Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem, the only larger building by the artist-architect to be implemented, was to prove to be trailblazing. Kiesler never returned to Austria and died in New York in 1965.

Issue Date: 22.09.2015 Designer: Anita Kern Illustrator: David Harris Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40 x 32.5 mm Values: €0.80

20 Years of Alps-Adriatic Philately

However, collaboration within the Alps-Adriatic Working Community was never merely political, commercial and cultural – the philatelists of the region also came together inaustria philately stamp 1995, and the Alps-Adriatic Philately Working Community is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015. It has brought together stamp collectors from regions of Austria, Italy, Bavaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Switzerland in a non-political cooperation. The members organise joint exhibitions which are intended to be subject to uniform rules for competition exhibitions resulting from the Working Agreement. Such an “international competition stamp exhibition” is to be held from 18 to 20 September 2015 in Pöllau in Styria. Philatelists from seven countries will be presenting their high-quality exhibits and competing for the Alps-Adriatic Grand Prix. Collector items will be offered for sale, a special post office set up and there will also be the possibility to swap stamps.

Issue Date: 18.09.2015 Designer: Regina Simon Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40 x 30 mm Values: €0.80

200th Birth Anniversary of Don Giovanni Bosco

austria don bosco stampGiovanni Bosco was born in Becchi, Castelnuovo in 1815. His parents were simple peasants and, following the early death of his father, he was soon required to contribute to the maintenance of his family. However, it was his ambition to become a priest.
At the age of nine, so he told, he had a dream that determined his life. In it, Jesus Christ had shown him his future field of work, predicting in the dream how he would commit himself to the street children of Turin. In fact, he subsequently went to school and studied theology, financing his education by working as a stable boy, smith, carpenter, tailor and waiter. In 1841, he was ordained and moved to Turin in order to help socially disadvantaged young people. Of these there were many: as industrialisation started to spread, they were being drawn to the city from the countryside but could not find work, and instead became criminals or lived on the streets. For these often half-starving disoriented young people, Don Bosco set up hostels and workshops, providing training and fair work places, giving them the feeling of security through trust and by acknowl- edging them as individuals and catering to their needs. Solidarity and tolerance were important for him. In his “Oratory”, he offered young people an open home, which became the model for thousands of aid projects throughout the world named after
him. Gradually, he also built an evening school, a grammar school, a vocational school and a church.

Don Bosco’s aim was to encounter young people with goodness and love, not with violence. He was convinced that having fun also made learning and working easier. He also opened the path to God for many young people by showing them how He could help in everyday situations. “In every young person, even in the worst, there is a point where he is accessible to the good, and thus it is the first duty of the educator to look for and use this receptive spot in the heart.” It was according to this view that he lived and worked. Don Bosco died in Turin in 1888, and was canonised in 1934. Two surviving religious orders were founded by him: the Don Bosco Salesians and the Sisters of Don Bosco, whose commitment to the education and care of poor and disadvantaged young people follow in the saint’s footsteps.

Issue Date: 12.09.2015 Designer: David Gruber Illustrator: Vorlage von Sepp Buchner
Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset Stitch, Offset Intaglio Colours: 4 Colours Size: 35 x 42 mm Values: €1.50

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