Supplementing the special stamp set issued in 2018, the four new “Special events” motifs are perfect for congratulations on births and weddings, or for mail expressing condolences and gratitude. They’re also neutral enough for other events too.
It’s not just the content of the stamp motifs that differs from the last set, but also their style. The core message on all four motifs is the golden letter. It symbolizes the importance and value of letters. The most eye-catching elements are the black and white birds as bearers of the letter. The background of each stamp is monochrome and contains features related to its particular intended purpose. With tongue-in-cheek humour, the stork represents births – as well as birthdays and greetings in general. This means the stamp can be used to send congratulations on exam results, christenings or a new home. The swan motif refers more generally to themes such as love or a thank-you, which also makes this stamp perfect for weddings or Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, the swallow is traditionally a symbol of farewell, grief, travel or retirement – but at the same time represents a new beginning or a reunion. And songbirds can be used to adorn any letter of friendship, especially thank-you letters.
Philately: from 27.8.2020 to 30.9.2021 or while stocks last
Branches: from 3.9.2020 to 30.9.2021 or while stocks last
Unlimited from 3.9.2020
Offset, 4-colour; Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands
Stamps: 33 × 28 mm
Sheet: 82 × 198 mm (open),
82 × 99 mm (folded),
five rows of two stamps
White stamp paper with optical brightener, self-adhesive, on backing paper, 196 gm²
Serpentine cut (4 sides)
Hans Kühne, Thun