Saturday, 14 February 2009


Today a cover sent by Andrzej from Poland arrived here. The cover brings a block of three stamps issued in 2008 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Polish Post. Printed on the background of historic panoramas of Cracow and Venice are portraits of three important figures who greatly contributed to the development of the first Polish Post: Zygmunt August, Prosper Prowana and Sebastian Montelupi (who took over the administration of the royal postal service in 1564). Another stamp issued last year celebrates the 100th anniversary of Rota (the Oath) by Maria Konopnicka. Rota is one of the most patriotic songs for the Poles and was written by the poet Maria Konopnicka in 1908.

In order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birthday, on 4 January the Polish Post introduced a postage stamp with an adjoining field. The stamp itself features a portrait of Louis Braille, and the field includes his full name inscribed in Braille. A First Day Cover features an illustration presenting Braille's alphabet. Thank you, Andrzej for your mail.

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