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20 January 2020

Bedřich Housa, Stamp Designer

The Tradition of the Czech Stamp Design – Bedřich Housa, 20 January 2020. Images from Colnect.

Catalogue number: 1056
Type of stamp: Commemorative postage stamp
Date of issue: 20.01.2020
Face value/Price: 19,00 CZK
Print sheets: 50 stamps
Size (mm): 40 x 23 mm
Graphic designer: Eva Hašková

Face value: A stamp identified with the letter A corresponding to the price of Ordinary Letter – Standard up to 50 g in domestic service (current price according to the Price List of Basic Postal Services.

The stamp portrays Bedřich Housa, a leading Czech stamp designer and engraver. The stamp therefore combines his portrait with an engraver’s tool.

Bedřich House was trained as a steel engraver by J. Goldschmied at the postage stamp printing department of the Czechoslovak Graphic Union (1940–1944). After the war in 1945, he went on to study with Professor V. Silovský at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In 1960, he became a member of the association of Czech graphic artists Hollar. Stamp design has been the cornerstone of Housa’s work since 1949. His designs include a wide range of topics, such as the frequently chosen folk art or technical monuments. He prefers to use dry needle, copper engraving, wood engraving, and lithography. The most appreciated artworks are his versions of the works of the old graphic artists, such as Albrecht Dürer or Václav Hollar, engraved in copper.

The postage stamp is issued both in the form of sheets and as a book of 8 stamps and 4 coupons.

Method of printing
offset printing in black colour

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