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8-year-old girl from Salzburg designs stamp

Pressemeldung from 31.07.2003

Austrian State Printing Office starts production of 700,000 special issue children’s stamp
6,000 drawings submitted for Österreichische Post AG’s stamp design competition

On Thursday, 31 July 2003, the Austrian State Printing Office started the production of Österreichische Post AG’s special issue children’s stamp scheduled to be released for sale on 12 September 2003.
Eva Wallner, the 8-year-old stamp designer, was invited together with her parents and siblings to attend the first proof printing at the Austrian State Printing Office. A total of 700,000 special issue stamps with a nominal value of € 0.55 will be produced.

The young girl from Salzburg is the winner of a competition Österreichische Post AG held for children and young people under 14. A jury, which included, among others, Österreichische Post AG CEO Anton Wais and Manfred Paula, head of the Austrian State Printing Office, chose the design created by Eva Wallner this June as the best from among 6,000 drawings submitted on the topic of “Children and Family”.
The jury also selected a “second winner”: The design submitted by 7-year-old Lukas Mader from Litschau impressed the jury so much that the members spontaneously decided to produce a special issue featuring the motif designed by the young boy from Lower Austria.
The 90th anniversary of the foundation of the child welfare organization inspired Österreichische Post AG to issue a children’s stamp.

The special issue and postmark will be presented to the public at the Vienna Town Hall on the evening of first day of issue. Up to, and including, 17 October 2003, the original drawings submitted by Eva Wallner and Lukas Mader as well as 40 other designs, some of which also approached the subject of “children and family” with a critical eye, will be exhibited in the Grete Laska gallery at the Vienna Town Hall.

The quality of the stamps produced by the Austrian State Printing Office is held in high esteem throughout the world, which is shown, for example, by the fact that the “1000 years Austria” stamp block was awarded the title “stamp of the century” in 1999. The Austrian State Printing Office receives commissions for the production of stamps from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

For more information please contact:
Österreichische Post AG
Company communication
Press section/ PR
Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010

Vienna, 31 July 2003

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