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New Europa 2020 Stamps

Theme:Ancient Postal Routes


Issue Date:08.05.2020 Designer:Ludis Danilāns Printer:Baltijas Banknote Latvija


An example of excellent construction skills is the Majstorska Cesta road, going over Velebit and connecting Zadar and the region of Lika along the Obrovac – Podprag – Mali Alan – Sveti Rok route. It was built from 1825 to 1832 and it is considered the first modern road that connected continental Croatia and Dalmatia. It was designed by a famous road designer of the time, Military Frontier officer Josip Kajetan Knežić. Owing to the exceptional quality of design and construction execution, this road was dubbed “Majstorska Cesta”, which means “Master Roadbuilder’s Road” in Croatian. By end of 1833, there were weekly stagecoaches going from Vienna to Zadar and back. Majstorska Cesta road was included in the List of Protected Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia in 2007 and it is one of only a few old Croatian roads that have kept their original form.

Issue Date:08.05.2020 Designer:Alenka Lalić, a designer from Zagreb Printer:AKD d.o.o., Zagreb Process:Offset Printing Colours:Multicolour Size:35.50 x 48.28 mm


‘Lady Mary Wood’ 1842 (£1.66 stamp) – P&O’s Lady Mary Wood was a 48.99m long paddle wheel steam powered passenger/cargo liner with a side-lever steam engine of 250hp and a speed of 12 knots. Built by Thomas Wilson & Company of Liverpool; launched in 1841 and registered in 1842. The ship was named after the wife of Sir Charles Wood, the First Viscount Halifax, who was Secretary to the British Admiralty, and, in Palmerston’s second government Secretary of State for India, from 1859-1866. She had a gross tonnage of 556 and 250hp. In 1845, the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company established the first regular monthly mail service, under a new contract with the British government, that required the company to convey mails to China via Ceylon, Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Lady Mary Wood was the first mail steamer dispatched to the Far East, arriving in Singapore on 4th August 1845.

‘SS Iberia’ 1836 (£2.86 stamp) – P&O’s SS Iberia was a 47.36m long ship with a side-lever steam engine of 180hp and a top speed of 9 knots. She had a crew of 41. Iberia was registered for Brodie McGhie Willcox, Arthur Anderson ‘and others’ specifically intended to press their claims to the Iberian Peninsula mail contract. The Iberia carried the first mail under the agreement with the company. Her maiden voyage was from East Lane on the Thames, to Falmouth, Oporto, Lisbon, Cadiz and Gibraltar, and from there to Madeira although this was not a regular call.

Date of Release:8th May 2020

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