Sunday, April 15, 2012

At last… a 2012 stamp picturing a frog!

I was becoming impatient. Already April is there, and I hadn’t found any stamp issued in 2012 and picturing a frog. I was worrying for my frog stamp collection! And I finally found one, almost by accident. Ok, as you will see the frog is not the main subject of the stamp, but still, it will fit into my collection.
The stamp belongs to a self-adhesive set issued in the form of a souvenir sheet. It was issued by South Korea on the 22nd of February 2012 as the second issue of the “Korean-made characters series”. Here is a picture of the full sheet.

The sheet is dedicated to Pucca, a famous Korean character of animated movies. Pucca is the youngest daughter of the owner of a Chinese restaurant. One day, on her way to Suga Village to make a delivery she comes across Garu and falls in love with him at first sight. The animation “Pucca” tells about the love story between Pucca and Garu, who is very focused on martial art training in an effort to fulfill his late father’s will.

From left to right and top to bottom, the characters pictured on the stamps are:
- Ssoso who comes down from Shaolin Temple where he was training in martial art
- Abyo, Garu’s best friend
- Pucca herself
- Garu
- Ching, Pucca’s best friend
- Bruce, Abyo’s father who is a policeman
- Ho-oh a chef of a bracnh of Pucca’s father restaurant
- Santa a frind of Pucca
- Nini aother friend of Pucca
- Woo-Whu another chef

If you have a closer look at the second stamp, teh one picturing Abyo, you can see a frog in the background!

Launched in 2000, the character “Pucca” has created a sensation. Projecting the image of a strong woman who aggressively pursues her love, Pucca succeeded in attracting the interest of female customers in their 20s and 30s in the character market which used to be dominated by lower-aged customers, and successfully created a new trend. Pucca also advanced into overseas markets after making contract with world-renowned companies like Walt Disney and Warner Brothers. Now Pucca has grown into a world-famous brand that sells its 3,000 or so products in 150 countries around the world.
On top of the stamps, the souvenir sheet contains various stickers that can be used for decoration.
Let me also show you the first souvenir sheet of the series, issued in 2011 and dedicated to another Korean-made character: Pororo the little penguin.

I got the “Pucca” souvenir sheet on an auction website and I would like to share with you also the nice cover used by the seller to send me the item. The cover is a bit larger than my scanner therefore it appears a bit truncated.

As you can see, the sender used a nice set of stamps on this registered cover sent from Korea.
On the top you can see the top of a stamp sheet containing a stamp issued on the 22nd of April 2009. The stamp belongs to a set of two stamps celebrating “Asia becoming one through stamps”. The set is illustrated by children’s drawings, here is a picture of the second stamp of the set.

The sender also used several times the same pair of stamps to frank the cover. This set of two stamps was issued on the 9th of March 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Colombia. This set is part of a joint issue with Colombia and features the representative crops of the two countries: ginseng for Korea and coffee for Colombia.

To be complete let’s mention the small stamp that is part of the definitive series. I could not find the exact date of issue of this one.

1 comment:

Miloje Chastven said...

"...I was worrying for my frog stamp collection!..."

You don't need to be in panic, it will give You more space to fill gap in Your "Frog" collection!

best regards to all