New Stamps from Austria

Historical Postal Vehicle

austria-postal-vehicle-stampThe stamp design shows a postal worker from around 1900 on a tricycle. He is wearing a postal uniform with red cuffs and service badges on the collar, as well as a uniform cap. Between the rear wheels of the tricycle is a large box in the classic “postal yellow” colour for transporting the letters. Postal workers frequently used cycles as a means of transport when emptying postboxes and transporting the post they collected to the post offices where it was processed and distributed.

Issue Date: 25.08.2016 Designer: Regina Simon Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Size: Stamp: 52 x 40 mm, Minisheet: 100 x 60 mm Values: EUR 1,00

100th Death Anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph

austria-franz-joseph-stampOn 21st November 1916, as the First World War raged throughout Europe and beyond, the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I died of pneumonia in Schönbrunn Palace. He reached the age of 86 and reigned for almost 68 years. The subject for the commemorative stamp to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his death is taken from one of the jubilee stamps designed by Koloman Moser in 1908 to celebrate 60 years of the Emperor’s reign.

Irrespective of the failures of both his domestic and foreign policies, the Emperor became a legend in his lifetime, as the symbol of an age long gone. He almost always wore his uniform in order to emphasise his solidarity with the army; his external appearance with his distinctive white sideburns was impressive; he was conservative and pragmatic and was considered a stoic. Under his reign the imperial city of Vienna experienced a cultural resurgence: the ring road was built and the Jugenstil blossomed. With his death – and he worked tirelessly right up until the day he died – an era finally came to an end. Two years later, with the end of the First World War, the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary foundered and the reign of the Hapsburg dynasty came to an end.

Issue Date: 27.08.2016 Designer: David Gruber, Koloman Moser Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Size: 35 x 35 mm Values: EUR 0,80

Denzel WD Super 1300

austria-car-stampWolfgang Denzel was an Austrian racing driver, car manufacturer and entrepreneur. One of the sports cars that he built himself is being presented by Austrian Post on a commemorative stamp from the “Cars” series.

Born in 1908 in Graz, Denzel built his first motorcycle whilst still a trainee. In 1934 he laid the foundations for the company, which is still in operation today.

Issue Date: 26.08.2016 Designer: David Gruber Illustrator: Wolfgang M. Buchta Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Size: 42 x 35 mm Values: EUR 1,00

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