Europa 2013 - Postal Vehicles stamp from Liechtenstein

March 3rd, 2013

Every year the member countries of "PostEurop" each produce a commemorative stamp on a jointly set theme. After "Children's Books" (2010), "Forests" (2011) and "Visit…" (2012) the theme for the 2013 Europa stamps is "Postal vehicles".

For this year’s issue Liechtenstein post collaborated with the Liechtenstein School of Art. Within the preliminary course there a competition was announced at the end of which the winner was a worthy young designer, Mirjam Buchel (born 1992). With her winning entry "Vehicle Wheels" (face value CHF 1.40) she seeks to express through a contemporary design that, contrary to the widely held opinion, among young people there is nothing old-fashioned about writing letters.

The stamp depicts a wheel composed of three different wheels, each of which belongs to a quite distinct era of postal transport. The upper and lower yellow wheel section belongs to a carriage wheel; after this comes the blue wheel of a bicycle, while the middle section is formed by a vehicle wheel depicted in different shades of red. The three types of wheel are not separate, producing instead – according to the young artist – a single entity intended to show that the post has been a continuing presence across the generations. The stamp's face design is in the three national colours blue, red and yellow, which at the same time are also the colours of Liechtensteinische Post AG. Furthermore, interposed with the "postal-vehicle" wheel thus formed is an artistically suggested mountain silhouette depicting the mountain chain which characterizes the actual geographical appearance of Liechtenstein.