Austrian Post is dedicating a commemorative stamp to this admirable project, which brings together postcard and stamp collectors from around the world.From the start the aim of the project was to connect people around the world, irrespective of where they live, their age, gender, skin colour or beliefs, through real postcards – no electronic messages. Over the years the little idea has grown into a highly successful project, which is now being praised in the media and which currently has approximately 600,000 members in more than 200 different countries. To date more than 30 million picture postcards have been sent via the Postcrossing platform, having travelled a combined distance of an incredible 171 billion kilometres – and the figures increase with every hour that passes. Here in Austria, too, there are around 2,500 people who use this free service and have already sent more than 200,000 postcards to all of the participating countries.
Issue Date: 21.05.2016 Designer: Robert Sabolovic Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 35 x 35 mm Values: €0.80
Traditional Costume of Schärding
As part of its “Klassische Trachten” (classic traditional costumes) series, Austrian Post is presenting the summer costume of the Schärding district, which is still very new: this revised traditional costume was only approved in this style by the Heimat- werk for Upper Austria in 2003.
Like many others, this costume for everyday wear is made from cotton or linen, but has an unusual style and was designed as the summer costume for the Schärding region as part of a revival of national costumes in Upper Austria. The bodice is made of checked cotton or linen with a rounded neckline, and is fastened at the front by means of hooks. A bias-cut bib, which, like the neck and armholes, is finished with monochrome piping, is attached over the fastening. The sides of the back section are also bias-cut. The skirt, in a matching pattern or made from a matching monochrome linen or cotton, is hand-gathered and is pleated beneath the apron.
Issue Date: 29.05.2016 Designer: Anita Kern Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 31.8 x 50 mm Values: €0.80