Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Cover from Italy no. 3

Thank you, Giovanni, for this splendid registered cover received a few days ago! Apart from the two excellent and informative books on Venezia, there is this miracle of contemporary Italian stamp production - stamps of various materials, ranging from traditional paper to silk.

The trio of light brown stamps on the left are in fact adhesive wooden sheets or foils (lamine di legno) without perforation, issued on 2 July 2007 in 1.5 million pieces. The stamp shows the Basilica di San Vincenzo in Galliano near Cantù in northern Italy (Province di Como), which was consecrated in 1007.

The other three self-adhesive geography-related stamps feature famous places in Europe, issued in a booklet on 25 October 2009 on the occasion of "The Day of Europe" (Giornata dell'Europa), they are: Pont du Gard in France, Hadrian's Wall in Great Britain and the Roman Odeon in Patras in Greece. The stamps also bear a logo of Italia 2009 - International Festival of Philately.

The largest stamp sheet was issued on 20 November 2001, and is made entirely of silk. Wow, it wouldn't have even occurred to me there could be anything like that! The stamp (or francobusta, as the Italian Post also called it) is self-adhesive and shows a picture of the Lake and City of Como in northern Italy, in Province of Como, not far from Milan, which is known as "cittá della seta - city of silk".

The rest of the postage is covered by the some of the current female heads definitives.

And there is much more to come from Italy!

Grazie mille, Giovanni!!!

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