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A little “thank you note” in the form of a stamp

Pressemeldung from 19.09.2003

With the special issue “Thank you”, Österreichische Post AG for the first time ever features an international cartoon hero on a stamp

On 19 September 2003, for the first time in the history of Austrian philately, Österreichische Post AG presents a special issue stamp featuring a famous cartoon character.
The suit-and-top-hat-clad carton hero “TomTom”, which was created by Austrian artist Thomas Kostron, is known all over the world.

The special issue stamp “Thank you” is a stamp from the so-called message stamps series. Using halftone photogravure, the Austrian National Printing office has produced two million copies of this stamp. The new stamp is available from all Austrian post offices at a price of € 0.55.

The scented stamp called “Bouquet”, which was last year’s issue from the message stamp series, enabled customers to attach a symbolic bouquet of flowers to their letters.
The “Thank you” special stamp now offers an opportunity to attach a little “thank you note” to your envelope - with TomTom proffering a bouquet of flowers on the stamp. The addressee will instantly know which message you want to convey.

TomTom - cult status in Asia
Carton character TomTom is a likeable little guy who always dresses and behaves with elegance. Together with his companions, Schneckodemus and TomTomette, he has a lot of adventures, giving readers a lot to smile about.
Thomas Kostron’s adorable drawings have gained international fame not only through cartoons. TomTom’s picture can be found on postcards around the world. Especially on the Asian market, TomTom has achieved cult status - he is almost as famous there as Mozart, Strauss or Mickey Mouse.

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

Vienna, 19 September 2003

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