Thursday, January 29, 2009

Personalized stamps from Austria

More and more postal administrations propose a service to personalize postage stamps, not only a label attached to a stamp, but to personalize the picture of the stamp itself. It seems that this type of service meats quite some success because I receive more and more covers franked with such personalized stamps. I have already shown on my blog such personalized stamps from France and from Netherlands and picturing a frog. I recently received a new one from Austria (I think Austria is one of the first countries that have proposed the personalization of the stamp picture itself). Here it is.

Cute, isn’t it? When I received the stamp I also received a postal card bearing the same picture and giving a bit more clue of what is Schönbrunn (which is written on the stamp).

Schönbrunn is the name of a zoo located on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. The zoo was constructed in 1752 at the order of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, to serve as an imperial menagerie. It is the oldest zoo in the world. Originally it was centered on a pavilion meant for imperial breakfasts. Thirteen animal enclosures in the form of cut cake pieces were established around this central pavilion. More recently the zoo was extended by a number of new buildings, including the rainforest house, the desert house, and the Tyrolean Farm. A number of rare and exotic specimens, such as giant pandas and koalas, contribute to its popularity. On 23 August 2007, for the first time in Europe, a panda baby not issued from artificial insemination was born in the zoo.

More or less at the same time, I also received this cover posted from Linz, Austria.

The cover is franked with a nice personalized stamp picturing a lamb. To have a better look at the stamp, here is a close up rotated into the right direction.

May be one word about the second stamp on the cover. It is part of the definitive series picturing flowers. This one has been issued on the 25th of August 2007 and pictures a Scotch Laburnum (Laburnum alpinum) a tree that produces nice yellow flowers.
It seems that the sender of this cover likes to keep margins attached to the stamps ;-). To be noticed also the very clean postmark!

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