“The five authors appearing on the stamps form the basis for contemporary Dutch literature. For PostNL, it was therefore natural to honour them with their own stamp in their special anniversary year,” says Robin Boon, Corporate Communications director.
Characteristic portraits in pastel shades
Each author has been given his own pastel shade: old rose for Couperus (born 150 years ago), sea blue for Roland Holst (born 125 years ago), pale orange for Bomans (born 100 years ago), light green for Carmiggelt (born 100 years ago) and ochre for Kouwenaar (born 90 years ago). The portraits are illustrations in one colour based on photos. From the many photos, the most characteristic elements of the authors' faces were chosen.
Designer Herman van Bostelen had already produced two business stamps for PostNL in 2002. However, designing these portraits of Dutch writers was a completely new experience for him. "I was obviously familiar with the authors and I've got some of their books at home. But I started to read other of their works too. Looking for texts which really reflected who they were but which were powerful enough to stand alone and were meaningful to people without previous knowledge of the authors as well. The colour blocks refer to book covers. By not limiting the blocks to the stamps themselves, I've incorporated more rhythm in the sheet. It reminds you of the tables in bookshops, topped with books of all kinds of formats.”
The stamps are available as long as stocks last in Bruna bookshops, the Collect Club and online via www.postnl.nl/collectclub and are valid indefinitely. The stamps bear the words Nederland 1, intended for mail up to 20 grams to a destination within the Netherlands.
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