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16 April 2020

Picture Postcard 150th Anniversary

Hungary: Picture Postcard 150th Anniversary, 16 April 2020. Images from Magyar Posta.

Technical Specifications:

Order code: 2020113010031 (stamp); 2020113040031 (sheet)
Issued on: 16 April 2020
Selling price: On the date of issue HUF 250/stamp, HUF 8,750/sheet
Printing technique: offset
Number of copies: 8,000 stamps (35 stamps with label per sheet)
Perforated size of stamp: 18 mm x 25.2 mm
Perforated size of label: 36.25 mm x 25.2 mm
Imperforated size: A4
Designed by Imre Benedek
Source: Society of Picture Postcard Collectors, Zemplén Museum

Magyar Posta is issuing a thematic personalized stamp to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the picture postcard. Eight thousand copies of the stamp with a label designed by the graphic artist Imre Benedek were produced.

Nowadays there are many different ways to send messages quickly, but the picture postcard still remains popular. 1870 can be regarded as the year of the birth of the picture postcard as it was then that a merchant called August Schwarz in Oldenburg printed an impression the size of a postage stamp in the left corner of a postcard. According to the philatelic reference work Bélyeglexikon, a picture postcard featuring the Melk Abbey appeared in Austria-Hungary in the same year. In the territory of Hungary, at first Austrian and other foreign picture postcards were issued but a Hungarian series was put on the market to mark the Millennium celebrations in 1896. These showed historic events and locations in Budapest and the countryside.

The size of postcards and picture postcards were standardized by the Universal Postal Union in 1878. In the beginning messages were written on the picture side of the postcard and it was only later, in 1905, that the back of the card was divided into a part for the address and a part for the message. On the label for the stamp, one of the postcards made for the Millennium series as well as cards featuring Szombathely and Miskolc can be seen.

The postmark uses the Hungarian inscription for “150 Years of the Picture Postcard” and a stylized image of a picture postcard.

Full Sheet of 35 Stamps and Labels:


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