10 December 2016

Stamps on Christmas cards

 Date of Issue : 18 November 2016

These beautiful stamps issued by Liechtenstein Post show nostalgic Christmas cards. A selection of postcards on Christmas themes, the originals of which can be viewed in the Principality of Liechtenstein’s postal museum. The four motifs on stamps are  Lamplight (value CHF 0.85), Exchanging Christmas Presents (value CHF 1.00), City Scene (value CHF 1.50) and Winter Walk (value CHF 2.00) The typography of the Christmas cards, most of which date from the early years of the 20th century, was finished using hot foil stamping in gold. The Christmas card tradition can be traced back to 1843 when print shop owner Henry Cole in London hired an illustrator to create a Christmas card bearing the words “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You”.

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