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Joint German-Austrian stamp issue ”100 Years Salzach Bridge”

Pressemeldung from 13.11.2002

Graphic artist from Tyrol wins competition for Österreichische Post AG

In June 2002, Österreichische Post AG, together with Deutsche Post AG, held a competition for the design of the German-Austrian stamp issue “100 Years Salzach Bridge”. A total of seven designs submitted by three artists from Germany and Austria were short-listed; the final decision was taken in Berlin in October 2002. In the final round, Austrian graphic artist and illustrator Hannes Magreiter prevailed against German graphic artist Ernst Kößlinger, gaining victory for Österreichische Post AG.

The stamp
Magreiter’s landscape drawings are based on consciously simple and striking forms. The bridge over the Salzach river symbolizes the closeness of the two countries, both from a technological and a cultural point of view.

The artist
With Hannes Magreiter, one of Austria’s most renowned stamp artists has come in first in the competition for the joint German-Austrian stamp “100 Years Salzach Bridge”. Magreiter has been designing stamps for Österreichische Post AG since 1998. Among them the series “Austrian football champions” from 1997, or the motifs for the post card series “Endangered plants and animals”.

The first day of issue will probably be the 12th of June, 2003. The face value of this special issue will be determined at a later date.

For more information please contact:

Österreichische Post AG
Company communication
Press section/ PR
Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
Vienna, 13 November 2002