National Stamp Day is an annual international event held on 18 October and celebrated by the philatelic community throughout the Netherlands. Events traditionally held on this day include philatelic fairs, exhibitions and other events organised especially for the occasion.
First stamp featuring pictures
The new stamp's typography was inspired by Zwart's designs. Birza: "Piet Zwart was a maverick in the sense that he broke virtually all the rules of typography. For one, his text was never straight. But there was always a method to his madness - his designs were never messy. He broke the rules, but he did so in a way that was immaculate. He made everything align perfectly, which is exactly what I tried to do in my own design." Birza has designed other stamps for PostNL in the past, including the 2013 Europe stamps.
The new stamps will be released on 18 October 2013 and will be available – while stocks last – from outlets of the Bruna book and stationery chain and at www.collectclub.nl. The stamps are valid until further notice and are marked 'Nederland 1', the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands. A new stamp booklet, commemorative booklet and first-day cover envelope* will be launched along with the stamp sheetlets.
*A product from the NVPH.
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