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01 June 2020

Beautiful Austria Series 9 (definitives; dispenser stamps)

Austria: Beautiful Austria 2020 Series 2 (definitives; dispenser stamps), 1 July 2020. Images from Post AG Phila-Wiki.

DISPENSERMARKEN 9th edition: Beautiful Austria

The introduction of the exemption labels of the OPAL system has largely displaced stamps from the post office as a means of franking. A piece of culture has also been lost, because in the end the stamps of a country reflect its scenic beauties, its history, art and culture.

For procedural reasons, the philately with its colourful abundance of stamps was removed from the day-to-day business of the post office counters, special and permanent stamps were – with a few exceptions – only delivered in prefabricated sets in the self-service procedure.

The Philately department of the Austrian Post Office was therefore concerned to bring the colourful stamp back to the post office as a cultural carrier without significantly intervening in the OPAL clearing system: the colourless OPAL labels were replaced by colourful stamps in their four most frequent value levels.

The marks are self-adhesively applied to carrier paper rolls of 200 pieces and packed into fixed delivery containers, so-called dispensers (=distributors) made of hard PVC, from which they can be pulled out, easily detached from the carrier paper and glued to the mail. The Post Office therefore introduced the working term ‘dispenser marks’ for these brands.

From a philatelic point of view, these are permanent marks, as they only appear as needed without an issue.

During the trial period starting on 25 September 2017, 23 post offices in all federal states except Burgenland were initially equipped with dispenser marks, and by the end of 2017 all Austrian post offices were allocated.

However, the stamps are only sold for demand and are not delivered to postal customers unused. Dispenser stamps are also not offered in special post offices and Phila points.

For the purchase of unused brands, a separate subscription has been set up by the Collector Service especially for philatelists and the stamps are only available on order.

85c Daffodil Festival (Michel #DM33)

Technical Specifications:

Issued on: 2020-07-01
Size: 43 x 34 mm
Colors: Multicolor
Perforation: Syncopated13½
Printing: Offset lithography
Gum: Self-Adhesive
Face value: 85 ct
Print run: 1,060,000

The wildly growing daffodils decorate the flower meadows of the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut region from mid-May to mid-June. They transform the idyllic mountain and lake landscape between Dachstein, Loser and the Dead Mountains into a fragrant sea of flowers. Yellow, white, green – as far as the eye can see. Every year since 1959, the Narcissus Festival, the largest flower festival in Austria, has also taken place every year around this time. It takes four days during which guests are offered a variety of events. The boat corso is particularly impressive every year alternating at the Grundlsee or at the Altausseer See.

The stamps are applied to 5,300 rolls of 200 self-adhesive on carrier paper, on the back for every 5th brand a counting number. They are individually punched in a special form, creating the impression of a picture frame, which further underlines the effect of the motif.

The nominal value for issue corresponds to the fee for a standard letter S to 20 grams domestically.

100c Open-Air Museum Gerersdorf (Michel #DM34)

Technical Specifications:

Issued on: 2020-07-01
Size: 43 x 34 mm
Colors: Multicolor
Perforation: Syncopated13½
Printing: Offset lithography
Gum: Self-Adhesive
Face value: 100 ct
Print run: 240,000
Design: Roland Vorlaufer

Freiiichtmuseum Ensemble Gerersdorf

The Open Air Museum Ensemble Gerersdorf is an open-air museum in the municipality of Gerersdorf-Sulz in Burgenland, Germany. On the basis of mostly thatched residential and commercial buildings, utility objects and farm furnishings from the 18th to the early 20th century, a comprehensive and realistic insight into the typical Pannonian culture for the southern Burgenland region is offered. The aim of the museum is to preserve and revive the very charming anonymous rural wooden architecture

The stamps are applied to 1,200 rolls of 200 self-adhesive on carrier paper, on the back for every 5th brand a counting number. They are individually punched in a special form, creating the impression of a picture frame, which further underlines the effect of the motif.

The nominal value for issue corresponds to the fee for a standard letter S to 20 grams EU and rest of Europe.

135c Highline 179 (Michel #DM35)

Technical Specifications:

Issued on: 2020-07-01
Size: 43 x 34 mm
Colors: Multicolor
Perforation: Syncopated13½
Printing: Offset lithography
Gum: Self-Adhesive
Face value: 135 ct
Print run: 300,000
Design: Roland Vorlaufer

Highline 179 Reutte/Tyrol

The Highline179 is a 406-metre-long pedestrian suspension bridge in the form of a rope bridge over the B 179 long-distance pass road south of Reutte in Tyrol and was opened on 22 November 2014 after only 7 months of construction. It extends at an altitude of 113 to 114 m over the Ehrenberg castle and connects the ruins of Ehrenberg with Fort Claudia. The 70 tonne bridge is accessible daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a ticket previously resolved in Reutte and carries a maximum of 500 people at the same time. In December 2014, the rope suspension bridge was awarded the “Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in the World in Tibetstyle” by the Guiness Book of Records. In the background rise the snow-capped peaks of the 2,962-metre-high Zugspitze.

The only regret is that the Tyrolean operators did not think of a German-language name for this sensation, because there is obviously a lack of basic knowledge of our mother tongue. What a pity!

The stamps are applied to 1,500 rolls of 200 self-adhesive on carrier paper, on the back for every 5th brand a counting number. They are individually punched in a special form, creating the impression of a picture frame, which further underlines the effect of the motif.

The nominal value corresponds to the fee for a standard letter M 20 to 75 grams domestically when issued.

275c Gerlos Pass (Michel #DM36)

Technical Specifications:

Issued on: 2020-07-01
Size: 43 x 34 mm
Colors: Multicolor
Perforation: Syncopated13½
Printing: Offset lithography
Gum: Self-Adhesive
Face value: 275 ct
Print run: 330,000
Description: Design: Roland Vorlaufer

A road can also be a scenic sight. The toll Alpine road over the Gerlos Pass leads from the Salzbuger Oberpinzgau to the Tyrolean Zillertal and reaches 1,530 metres above sea level. It also connects the town centre of the municipality of Wald with the district of Königsleiten, a well-known and popular ski area. Particularly worth seeing on the mountain road are the waterworlds Krimml and the Krimml waterfalls, which thunder with a drop height of 380 m into the valley.

The stamps are applied to 1,650 rolls of 200 self-adhesive on carrier paper, on the back for every 5th brand a counting number. They are individually punched in a special form, creating the impression of a picture frame, which further underlines the effect of the motif.

The nominal value of the issue corresponds to the fee for a packet S up to 2 kg domestic.

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