New Stamps from Austria

Austrians in Hollywood :Michael Haneke

Born on 23rd March 1942, his career as a film director was launched by films made for television such as “Lemminge” (Lemmings), “Variation”, and “Wer war Edgar Allan?” (Who was Edgar Allan?). His very first film for cinema made a name for Michael Hanekeaustria hollywood stamp in the indus- try: “The Seventh Continent” earned him the bronze leopard at the Locarno Interna- tional Film Festival. He gained even greater recognition with “Benny’s Video”, for which he was also awarded the Vienna Film Prize. With films such as “Funny Games” and “Code Unknown”, in his frequently bleak works he continued to strive to break taboos in order to scrutinise human nature. It was “The Piano Teacher”, based on the novel by Elfriede Jelinek and starring Isabelle Huppert in the title role, that ultimately brought him great success, winning him the Grand Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, which in the film industry is equivalent to elevation to the peerage. He finally won the best known award in the international film industry for “Amour”, which was nominated for five Academy Awards. Recently Haneke, who has also been awarded the Billy Wilder Award for services to Austria.

Issue Date: 04.04.2016 Designer: Kirsten Lubach Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 32.5 x 40 mm Values: EUR 0.68

Classic Edition :Postage Stamps from 1850

austria classic stampsWith its new “Classic Editions” series, Austrian Post is dedicating itself to the history of the postage stamp and presenting classic stamps issued in the time of the monarchy. First Austrian postage stamp, the so-called Austrian arms issue from the year 1850.

The mini sheet shows a 2 Kreuzer Austrian issue and a 15 Centesimi stamp from Lombardy-Venetia. The background is a 1 Kreuzer stamp, surrounded by blossoms and oak leaves, just as they are depicted on the stamps.

Issue Date: 02.04.2016 Designer: Anita Kern Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 32 x 40 mm, Block: 80 x 60 mm Values: EUR 2.88 (EUR 2.20 + 0.68)

500 Years of the Postal Treaty

austria postal treaty stampOn the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the postal treaty of 1516, Austrian Post is issuing a commemorative stamp to celebrate this historic event. The stamp’s design shows a courier from the 16th century who is handing over a sealed missive.

The history of the Austrian postal service starts with Maximilian I, who was the Duke of Burgundy, King of the Romans, Archduke of Austria and subsequently Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Maximilian chose Innsbruck as the site of his main residence and established a continuous courier service between it and the Burgundian Netherlands, where his young son Philip was growing up, and another to the French court, where his daughter lived. Janetto, Franz and Johann Baptista de Tasso, who later changed their named to “Taxis”, were engaged to organise this postal service. The missives were transported by couriers on horseback, and the horses were changed at contractually agreed inns along the way.

Only later did the transportation of private letters come to be tolerated and, even- tually, officially sanctioned for economic reasons. The postal treaties between the ruling household and the Taxis family were what enabled the house of Thurn and Taxis (as they were called after being promoted to the rank of count in 1650) to establish its monopoly in the historic postal service. Incidentally, the Italian name Tasso means badger, but by Germanising it they created the version Taxis. A badger is, however, included in the coat of arms of the Taxis family, which can be seen on the stamp.

Issue Date: 02.04.2016 Designer: Anita Kern Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 35 x 35 mm Values: EUR 0.68

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