February will see the first 2022 “unusual” stamp from Österreichische Post with one shaped as a knit cap, what us Americans might call a “beanie”. Also coming at the first of the year are two vintage vehicles stamps, a souvenir sheet portraying a historical postal vehicle, a single marking an Austrian industry, and a continuation in the musical instruments series. 


Austria:

JANUARY-February 2022

Stamp Programme

19

January

2022

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher (1889–1951)


 1 stamp

 

 

Issue Date: 19 January 2022

Designer: Marion Füllerer
Printing procedure: Offset lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 275 euro cents
Quantity Printed: 300,000

 

 

 

From the press release:

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‎He is considered one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century: Ludwig Wittgenstein, who was born in Vienna in 1889 and died in Cambridge in 1951. ‎

‎Wittgenstein came from a Jewish industrialist family. After studying engineering, he went to the University of Cambridge, where he studied the logic and philosophy of mathematics. After stays in Vienna, Cambridge and Norway, he finally settled in Great Britain in 1938, became a British citizen and held a professorship in Cambridge until 1947. The Wittgenstein Initiative in Vienna is committed to honoring the great thinker and his ideas in Austria. ‎

‎The focus of Wittgenstein’s philosophical work is on language. During the First World War he wrote the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, which he published in 1922. His Philosophical Investigations were not published until posthumously in 1953, and in 2017 his entire philosophical estate was entered in the list of UNESCO Memory of the World.‎

 

19

January

2022

Arrival of the Stagecoach


 1 souvenir sheet

 

 

Issue Date: 19 January 2022

Designer: Regina Simon
Printing procedure: Offset lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 210 euro cents
Quantity Printed: 300,000

 

 

 

 

From the press release:

‎Travelling in times gone by was probably not a pleasure, but a great strain, even if this is not always evident in pictures like this postcard motif. Passengers crammed together in narrow, uncomfortable cars, of course unheated, plus unpaved, bumpy roads and the long duration of a journey – today it is difficult to imagine. Accidents or damage to the vehicles were not uncommon, in addition to weather-related problems such as roads softened by the rain or snowfall, which made the journey even more difficult. Especially in winter, a rest was probably very welcome to warm up and stretch your legs. The coachman and the horses could also strengthen themselves at rest stops. The brand block shows a scene in a snowy street. A lady gets out of a stagecoach while the coachman waits masked on the carriage and the horses are supplied with hay.‎

 

21

January

2022

Vintage Automobiles — Lohner-Porsche Mixte


 1 stamp

 

 

Issue Date: 21 January 2022

Designer: David Gruber
Printing procedure: Offset lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 135 euro cents
Quantity Printed: 280,000

 

 

 

From the press release:

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At the end of the 19th century, the history of the electric car began and the hybrid drive was also developed at the turn of the century.

In 1896, the automotive pioneer Ferdinand Porsche, in collaboration with Ludwig Lohner, designed the Lohner-Porsche, an electric car with wheel hub motors. The high weight of the accumulators and the short range of the electric drive gave Porsche the idea of combining the electric motors with gasoline engines, which supplied the wheel hub motors and the batteries with power via generators – the first automobile with serial hybrid drive.

From 1901, the “petrol-electric mixing car” was mass-produced under the name “Mixte”. Despite further reductions in battery capacity and thus reductions in vehicle weight, the hybrid vehicle was not a sales hit because it was expensive and maintenance-intensive. The special stamp shows a “Mixte” from 1901 from the museum fahr(T)raum in Mattsee.

 

28

January

2022

RIESS Enamel 100th Anniversary


 1 stamp

 

 

Issue Date: 28 January 2022

Designer: Anita Kern
Printing procedure: Offset lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 85 euro cents
Quantity Printed: n/a

 

 

 

From the press release:

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The focus of this year’s special stamp from the “Classic Trademarks” series is the local company RIESS, which has been producing high-quality enamel tableware for 100 years.

The brand shows a selection of colorful pots from the “Pastel” series, which has been popular since the 1950s. RIESS uses natural raw materials to produce handmade pots, pans and other kitchen utensils that are durable and recyclable. The characteristic enamelling of the iron blanks is carried out by fusion with silicate glass (enamel) at 850 °C, resulting in the cut- and scratch-resistant, easy-to-clean and aroma-neutral surface. The roots of the family-run company go back to 1550, when the Pfannenschmiede was founded in Ybbsitz in The Mostviertel in Lower Austria. Sustainable enamelled cookware has been produced there since 1922, and since 1926 with green electricity from its own hydropower plants on the Ybbs. The RIESS enamel manufactory also produces street and advertising signs as well as industrial components made of enamel.

 

10

February

2022

Art History — Dark Beauty by Kiki Kogelnik


 1 stamp

 

 

Issue Date: 10 February 2022

Designer: Kiki Kogelnik
Printing procedure: Offset lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 100 euro cents
Quantity Printed: n/a

 

 

 

From the press release:

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Kiki Kogelnik, who grew up in Bleiburg in Carinthia, is one of the most important Austrian artists of the 20th century.

From 1955 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and joined the avant-garde circle around Monsignor Otto Mauer and his Galerie St. Stephan. In 1962 Kogelnik moved to America, where she met Pop Art artists such as Roy Liechtenstein and Andy Warhol, who had a great influence on her artistic work.

However, she developed her very own style and created “Space Art” and vinyl-cut “Hangings” before she began to critically examine the prevailing image of women in the series “Women” in the 1970s.

In her later works, she abstracted and schematized the human body more and more. Also famous are her “Venetian Heads” made of Murano glass, which she designed in the 1990s. Kiki Kogelnik died in Vienna in 1997 at the age of 62.

 

11

February

2022

Vintage Motorcycles — TITAN 350 Sport


 1 stamp

 

 

Issue Date: 11 February 2022

Designer: David Gruber
Printing procedure: Offset lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 230 euro cents
Quantity Printed: n/a

 

 

 

From the press release:

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From 1926 to 1932, Grazer Motorenwerke AG produced innovative bicycles and motorcycles in Puntigam near Graz under the brand name Titan.

The engines for the titanium motorcycles were designed by Karl Schüber. A novelty was the single-cylinder two-stroke engine with 350 cubic centimeters and diaphragm inlet control, which was initially equipped with two, later with four diaphragm blades. A prototype of the Titan was presented in 1926 at the Vienna Autumn Fair, from 1927 the motorcycle was produced in series with some adaptations.

The special stamp shows a model Titan 350 Sport from 1927. The sports model had a Siemens magnet in front of the engine, an exposed flywheel, shortened exhaust pots and a four-blade diaphragm and brought it to 8 hp. The Titan motorcycles were more powerful than Puch’s competing models, but they were also more expensive and therefore found less sales. In 1932, the Grazer Motorenwerke had to close their doors.

 

16

February

2022

Musical Instruments — Trombone


 1 stamp

 

 

Issue Date: 16 February 2022

Designer: Kirsten Lubach
Printing procedure: Offset lithography
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 100 euro cents
Quantity Printed: n/a

 

 

 

From the press release:

© Austrian Post

The trombone, with its deep and powerful sound, is an indispensable part of the symphony orchestra and many other musical formations.

With the train trombone, as with all brass instruments, the sounds are produced by the vibration of the lips on the kettle mouthpiece. However, the pitch is not changed by valves, but by the pull, with which the S-shaped tube can be infinitely extended or shortened. In addition to the basic tone, there are six other pull positions, each of which differs by one halftone.

On the background of the stamp, the main motif of the Trombone Concerto in E flat major by Georg Christoph Wagenseil (1715–1777) is depicted. An autograph of the piece can be found in the Czech Episcopal Library of Olomouc. Wagenseil was a highly respected court composer at the court of Maria Theresa and is considered a pioneer of Viennese Classicism. The edge of the small arch shows the illustration of a trombone with its pulling positions and the corresponding tones.

 

16

February

2022

Woolen Hat


 1 shaped stamp

 

 

Issue Date: 16 February 2022

Designer: David Gruber
Printing procedure: n/a
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Denomination: 430 euro cents
Quantity Printed: n/a

 

 

 

From the press release:

© Austrian Post

There is no bad weather, only bad equipment – with a warm wool hood, nothing stands in the way of a walk outdoors, even on cold days.

After the fingers of the brand block “mittens” at the beginning of winter, it is now about the protection of the head. A lot of heat is lost over the uncovered head – this quickly becomes unpleasant and can lead to colds. However, it can easily be prevented if you protect the head with a hood (as they like to say in Austria to the cap). Whether it is a colorful poodle cap with tassel, a simple hood with or without envelope or even a self-knitted unique piece – the main thing is that the head and ears are warm.

The self-adhesive brand block “Wollhaube” is again something very special. It was made of flocked paper with a winter knitting pattern and punched out in the typical shape of a hood with tassel.

 

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