21 May 2013

New Stamp on Henri Dunant




To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the international Red Cross organization,  Lithuania Post issued  a new stamp . The  stamp features the founder of this organization, a Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Jean-Henri Dunant, and the waving flag of the Red Cross.

The international Red Cross organization was founded in 1863 in Geneva (Switzerland) on the initiative of Jean-Henri Dunant. This organization helps combating diseases, provides help to the victims of natural disasters. Also, the organization arranges trainings for nurses, supports donors, gives treatment to sick and wounded troops.

The Lithuanian Red Cross society was founded on 12 January 1919 on the efforts of the physician Rokas Sliupas and other medicals. A lot of famous Lithuanian physicians and health service people were engaged in the activities of the society. The society has established a number of hospitals in Vilnius, Kaunas, Panevezys, and Klaipeda. The Lithuanian Red Cross was the founder of the first Lithuanian tuberculosis sanatorium in Aukstoji Panemune as well as blood transfusion establishments of emergency medical service.

New Stamp on Music

100 Years of Vienna Konzerthaus



Date of Issue : 2 May 2013

Austrian Post celebrates the centennial of the Vienna Konzerthaus by issuing a new stamp. Since its opening 100 years ago, the Vienna Konzerthaus is one of the most important institutions of the international music scene.

The Vienna Konzerthaus was opened 1913. It is situated in the third district just at the edge of the first district in Vienna. Since it was founded it has always tried to emphasize both tradition and innovative musical styles.

In 1890, the first ideas for a Haus fur Musikfeste (House for music festivals) came about. The idea of the new multi-purpose building was to be more interesting to the broader public than the traditional Vienna Musikverein. In addition to the concert hall, the first drawings by Ludwig Baumann for the Olympion included an ice-skating area and a bicycle club. In an attached open air area, 40,000 visitors would be able to attend events. The drawings were not accepted. However, today an ice skating area is situated right next to the building.

The Konzerthaus was finally built between 1911 and 1913. The architects were Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer; the work was done in cooperation with Ludwig Baumann.

Source : International Stamp News

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