I thought it may be useful for split this information off as a new thread so here goes!
In response to the April Stamps in the News, the following updates were provided by members:
The Danish Queen 70 th's birthday
From her last birthday, also new definites were issued, (Steel ingraved!)
From the Netherlands, the first stamp in the form of a small book was issued March 2010.
Yes a small book with a short story inside it.
The stamp is 3 by 4 cm.
The stamp was sold out in a few days!!!!!
From TNT press release 9th March:
Dutch Book Week is an annual campaign promoting books published by recognised publishers in the Netherlands.
Book Week is organised by the CPNB (Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek), a foundation which aims to promote and stimulate the reading and ownership of Dutch-language books in the Netherlands.
The 75th Book Week will be held from 10 to 20 March 2010. This gives TNT Post a wonderful opportunity for adding extra sparkle to this important event by issuing a very unusual stamp. TNT Post is also issuing a stamp booklet and a first day cover.
The furniture, interior designs and objects designed by Studio Richard Hutten over recent years have caused a furore on an international scale. The designs exude a vital wilfulness and an irrepressible drive for innovation. As a contemporary company, TNT Post is always on the lookout for innovative designs for its products. The two have now come together to bring about a very special stamp for the 75th Book Week. Studio Richard Hutten focuses on industrial design in particular. "That means that we express ourselves in three dimensions, and that is also the case for this stamp," says Richard Hutten who, along with Damian Tatangelo, David SchÃ¤ublin, Michaela Tomiskova and Joep Huisinga, was a member of the design team. "You see, this stamp is a little book and as such is a three-dimensional object. It's never been done before, anywhere in the world."
The unique book stamp, measuring 3 x 4cm, can simply be stuck on an envelope. Its face value is 2 euros and 20 cents and it can be used for mail items weighing up to 500g. This means that a book can be sent using it; Duel by Joost Zwagerman, for example, which is also the Book Week Gift for 2010. The recipient then gets two books written by this author, as the text in the book stamp was also written by Zwagerman. The book can be detached from the envelope by the recipient and then read. And while we are on the subject of innovation, the little book contains a short story entitled Wat is erger... (What is worse...) which is an appendix to the Book Week Gift. In this short story, Zwagerman leads us on an exciting and humorous journey through the thoughts of the main character, Jelmer Verhooff, the manager of a museum who has just seriously damaged one of the most precious paintings in the museum's collection. In this way Zwagerman literally makes the stamp a literary jewel.
Joost Zwagerman can be seen sitting amongst the Book Week Gifts on the cover of the Wat is erger... book. As customary in real books, the publisher's imprint can be found at the back of the booklet.
"TNT Post is one of the first companies in the Netherlands to allow the design of their products to act as the spearhead," says Richard Hutten. "One of the first stamp designers was a famous architect named Karel de Bazel, whose designs include De Bazel, the former head office of ABN Amro in Amsterdam, built in 1926. So he was also a designer who worked in three dimensions. I like the fact that in designing the stamp for the 75th Book Week I am part of this tradition."
The stamps are available while stocks last from the Collect Club in Groningen, online at https://www.tntpost.nl" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and from the usual outlets. The stamps are valid until further notice.
The face value of each stamp is 2 euros and 20 euro cents.
Size : 30 x 40mm
Perforation : not perforated
Paper : ungummed postage stamp paper
Gum : gum partially applied by screen print
Print process : offset (and screen print for gum layer)
Print run : 250,000 stamps
Printer : Joh. Enschedé Security Print, The Netherlands
Product code : 300461
Print colours : yellow, magenta, cyan and black
Stamp type : one special stamp in the form of a small book
© 2010 Koninklijke TNT Post BV