Old toys stamps introduced by Magyar Posta

May 24th, 2015

According to info received by FindYourStampsValue.com Magyar Posta issued a miniature sheet for Europa 2015 that features a few treasured toys from the Katona József Museum's Szórakaténusz Toy Museum and Workshop in Kecskemét. The first stamp has been entered in the Europa stamp competition. The issue was released and put into circulation on the 8th of May.

Today almost 18,000 historical pieces are kept by the SZÓRAKATÉNUSZ Toy Museum and Workshop, which include ancient snail shell toys, simple folk toys, high quality factory-produced toys from the pre-war era, individual pieces made by Hungarian craftsmen, as well as rarities from children's literature, various toy collections and the world of magic. The range of articles made from various materials is very broad, which is enhanced by the special features of the traditional toys of different nations.

In addition to individual artefacts, the collection includes important selections from the toy culture of neighbouring countries as well as Poland, Estonia, Mordovia, Mexico and Japan. The oldest article is a real masterpiece, a French jigsaw puzzle from the 1760s, while the newest pieces are individually crafted toys from today. The diverse bequests of the Udvardy and Kovachich families provide a special background for toys mainly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The miniature sheet contains two stamp designs. One shows dolls from the Sárköz area as well as examples by Budapest toymakers, such as wooden toys by the artist and teacher Leon Grabowieczky, a mounted papier mâché hussar and a fairy-tale castle.

The other stamp depicts dolls wearing the folk costume of the Matyó area, and games with a blacksmith, horse and cart, and figures from a fair with a shepherd. Other pieces from the Museum's collection decorate the frame of the miniature sheet.