Monday, April 28, 2008

Writing letters

As you know, the subject of 2008 EUROPA stamp issues is : writing letters. Several postal administrations have already issued their stamps, you can see some of them on the very complete blog Globally I have been rather disappointed by the lack of originality from postal administrations for this issue. May be this is not an easy subject to be pictured on stamps…
Two issues kept my attention anyway. The first one is from Sweden. As usual, Swedish post shows a very original way to treat this subject. Here are the two stamps issued on the 27th of March 2008.

Those stamps are the result of a competition organized by Swedish post among students at the University College of Arts, Craft and Design’s Department of Graphic Design and Illustration. The winner, Pontus Björlin, had decided to focus his design on the punctuation marks that give its intonation to a written sentence, in a written letter. I think it is a funny and nice idea, because that at the age of emails, instant messages and SMS, punctuation marks are used less and less. He selected two different marks for his stamps : the comma and the semicolon. The result is rather simple and efficient, isn’t it ?

The second issue that I found interesting is the one from Ukraine. Two stamps were issued on the 12th of March 2008 : one is picturing the traditional letter writing and the other one pictures the more modern form : writing emails.

I like the design of those stamps and I think the idea to associate the old and modern way of writing is a good idea.
And you ? What do you think about the 2008 EUROPA stamp issues ?

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