Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mozart stamp from the Czech Republic

Mozart stamp from Czech Republic

There are many things I love about Postcrossing: the serendipity of unexpected postcards from around the world showing up in my mailbox, the fairness of receiving exactly the number of postcards that I send... but I also love the incredible variety of foreign postage stamps it brings me. I'm not really a stamp collector, per se, but I am certainly an aficionado, and I appreciate a fine stamp as much as anyone.

So I was extremely excited to receive this beautiful stamp of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from the Czech Republic, issued in 2011. I find the design especially beautiful - not just a simple portrait or profile, but instead an active image of this vibrant personality in motion, conducting, superimposed over an image of the original score to Don Giovanni. It even illustrates what a clothing dandy Mozart was, with the fine frock and lacy cuffs. This one is a keeper!

For more information on the stamp, check out this fine blog post about Czech stamps.


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  2. Hi, I received this same Mozart stamp on a postcard also. The Postcrosser said it was her last one of this stamp. They are absolutely beautiful. On Ebay I found a sheet of 6 mint for almost $12 plus $3 shipping. I am still looking for a less expensive seller. Your postcards are always a hit with the recipients BTW.

  3. what an unusually dynamic stamp! a bit dandy and eerie! the stamps are probably my favorite part of postcrossing, even more than the cards themselves!


    1. I agree, Allison - I often enjoy the stamps even more than the Postcrossing postcards!