Österreichische Post AG presents new stamp ”encircling” the history of lotto in Austria
Pressemeldung from 17.10.2002
First “round” Austrian stamp on the occasion of the
250th anniversary of lotto in Austria
On Thursday, 17 October, a stamp in a shape Austria has never seen before was presented at Austrian Lotteries Studio 44 in Vienna on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the “1-90” number lotto. 250 years ago, in October 1752, the first lottery drawing took place in Vienna. The 90-number lotto is thus the oldest game of chance played in Austria.
In allusion to the balls used in lottery drawings, Österreichische Post AG has come up with the first round stamp in the history of Austrian philately. Dr. Anton Wais, CEO of Österreichische Post AG, presented Dr. Leo Wallner, president of the board of the Austrian Lotteries, with the souvenir sheet “Austrian Lottery” with a face value of Euro 0.87.
Using the halftone photogravure printing method, the Austrian National Printing office has produced 420,000 copies of this stamp with a diameter of 38 mm. The motif was designed by Adolf Tuma.
New ideas for new customers
By issuing the first round stamp in Austria, Österreichische Post AG remains true to its approach of trying to enrich Austria’s philately with innovative motifs and shapes.
This year, for example, Österreichische Post AG has already presented the first fragrant stamp, “Bouquet”, or the two-sided special issue marking the introduction of the Euro. Featuring motifs designed by cartoonist Manfred Deix or members of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Confetti” clan intended for young stamp collectors, Österreichische Post AG has managed to address new philately target groups.
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Österreichische Post AG
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Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
Vienna, 17 October 2002