New stamps feature headlines of centuryAustralia Post has launched a new stamp issue which features a selection of news headline events from the 20th century.
The four domestic base-rate (60c) stamps feature news headlines announcing the end of World War II in 1945; the Moon landing in 1969; Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and our America's Cup win in 1983.
Philatelic Manager for Australia Post, Michael Zsolt said the stamps featured pivotal events for Australian and the world.
“These events all made news around the world, especially here in Australia where they have figured significantly in the memories of many Australians,” Mr Zsolt said.
“We hope these stamps trigger interest with the public and collectors alike.”
The stamp depicting the end of World War II - announced on 15 August 1945 - features the image of the “Dancing Man”, the name given to the man who was filmed dancing on the street in Sydney, symbolising the joy that came with an end to war.
Another stamp features a photo of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to commemorate the moment when they became the first men to set foot on the Moon on 21 July, 1969.
The news headline and a photo from the day Darwin was devastated by tropical Cyclone Tracy on Christmas morning 1974 is also depicted in the stamp issue as is a photo of the front page of a newspaper announcing Australia’s win in the 1983 America's Cup with Australia II.
The stamps were designed by Melbourne-based, Stacey Zass of page 12 design company.
A souvenir pack is also available containing a replica of the Sydney Morning Herald (16 August 1945) announcing the end of WWII and exclusive block combinations of three of the stamps (Moon, Darwin and America's Cup) in miniature sheets.
There is also an exclusive sheet of "Peace WWII Over" 10 x 60c stamps.
Other products available are a miniature sheet, first day cover, stamp pack, maxicard set of four, booklet of 20 x 60c self-adhesive stamps and a roll of 100 x 60c self-adhesive stamps.
The Headline News stamp issue is available from 23 July at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at this PS News link.
Edition 399, 04 March 2014