POST Luxembourg issues a bunch of beautiful stamps for the end of the year
A young Japanese woman living for some years now in Luxembourg is the designer of this year’s Christmas stamps. Her soft and luminous style gives the stamps a festive look. Added varnish glitter make the stamps shine. The much appreciated stamps on rolls series will be enlarged by a new topic: roses from Luxembourg. Beautifully photographed by Marianne Majerus the will shine over the next year on millions of letters. The series of stamps dedicated to oldtimers comes to an end with 4 stamps covering the years 1930 to 1940. Again the artist Mark Heine has produced most extraordinary drawings of these beautiful cars. To the public transports of Luxembourg will beginning of December be added a tramway and a funicular. Both are shown on new colorful stamps. A spectacular series of 3 stamps showing the national Orders of Merit closes the issuing program of 2017.
Winter, and particularly Christmas, are the times where enchanting tales of fairies, elves, angels and goblins delight children all over the world. After a walk through the snow or while relaxing on the sofa in the evenings is often a great time for a story.
The theme “Winter and Christmas” is ideally suited to the light, lovingly detailed style of the Japanese illustrator Kumiyo Maurel, whose drawings transport us to another world. She is particularly fond of telling stories that she not only writes herself, but also illustrates.
Although she has lived and worked in Luxembourg for some time, there was a lot for her to discover while designing this year’s special edition of Christmas stamps. This is because for us, Christmas is traditionally a family celebration, while the Japanese observe “A Celebration of Love” with friends and colleagues, where Japanese singles hope to meet that special person with whom to spend the rest of their lives.
For Kumiyo, who values the fact that every new project also provides her with new inspiration, the work on the illustrations was particularly rewarding. She turned her attention to the customs and little rituals that we associate with Christmas and interpreted them in her own unique way, depicting many elements of Japanese tradition, but also inspired by Jugendstil. This resulted in two small everyday scenes, in which – as Kumiyo prefers – people are the focus of attention.
The illustrator has set up her studio in Differdange in the Kreativzentrum 1535°. It is here that she can benefit from the exchange between like-minded people that is so important to creative people. As we do every year, POST Philately has thought of something particular to enhance the special edition of Christmas stamps, and a glittering finish sets off Kumiyo’s beautiful graphics.
“Charity 2017” Series – Cars of yesteryear 4
PACKARD Standard Eight 833
In 1899, the brothers James Ward and William Doud Packard and Georges L. Weiss founded the “Ohio Automobile Company” in Warren, Ohio. In 1902, they established themselves as the “Packard Motor Car Company” in new buildings in Detroit, Michigan. By 1930, Packard had become America’s No. 1 luxury brand. It was to become the world’s best known and best-selling make of car.
This “Packard Standard Eight 833” was delivered to Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 27, 1931. It was then exported to Europe, was first registered in Austria and was finally purchased by its present Luxembourg owner.
ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25 from 1934
In 1884, the mechanic Henry Royce started his career with the construction of electric cranes. Then he met the young aristocrat, Charles Rolls, a car lover, talented pilot and the representative of the Panhard automobile company in London.
They got together and on 23 December 1904 founded the Rolls-Royce make with its headquarters in Conduit Street in London. In 1933, Henry Royce died. As a mark of respect, company management changed the red of the company RR logo to black.
The car on this stamp was delivered on 10 February 1934. The chassis, engine and interior are all original. The body, fitted with a large sunroof, was manufactured by Cockshoot & Co Ltd in Manchester. Its current owner discovered it in Oxford in a classified ad.
PANHARD & LEVASSOR, Panoramique 6DS X71 from July 1936
Panhard & Levassor is the cornerstone of French automobile history. The make was established in 1891 by two partners, Louis- François-René Panhard and Emile Levassor, making it the oldest car manufacturer. They were the first to introduce series production. The introduction of the phenomenal “Panoramique” in 1934, marked the start of the golden age for Panhard & Levassor. Its small, slightly convex side windows make it instantly recognisable. These have very narrow pillars that provide all-round visibility with no blind spots.
The Panhard Panoramique soon became the car for senior government and church officials, as well as company directors. The model shown on this stamp was bought in Belgium in 2005 in a fairly dilapidated condition.
BUICK 56C from 1940
David Dunbar Buick, born in Scotland, was a great admirer of the first automobiles. On 19 May 1903, he founded the Buick Motor Company in Flint, Michigan (USA). As his intended customers were from the middle classes and the freelancers, these Buick models were also called “doctor’s cars”.
The car on this stamp is the Buick 56C, a 6-seater, 2 door Convertible Coupé, manufactured in 1940. It has a fully unfolding, pneumatically-operated roof and a large, vibration-free high-revving 4.0 engine.
Inauguration of the tramway
and the Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg Funicular
Travelling by tram is not something new for the people of Luxembourg City, as the “Tram” had already been in operation in the city between 1875 and 1964.
Luxembourg City is a modern and vibrant town, renowned for its high standard of living. This includes a contemporary and sustainable mobility strategy designed to cope with the ever-increasing number of commuters, particularly on weekdays. The new tramway is an important part of this strategy and is designed to make mobility more efficient and more convenient. The first section links the administrative and banking district to the Ville-Haute.
The new Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg Railway Station is an important addition to the tram network, as it serves as a transfer hub connecting the trains from the north, south and west with the tramway. Passengers are transported from Pfaffenthal to Kirchberg on the new funicular, which is capable of tackling the 40 m height difference in less than 4 minutes. The Luxembourger architects Paczowski and Fritsch drew up the design and plans.
There are plans to extend the tram network over the next few years to connect Luxembourg City with the outlying districts.
3 national Orders of Merit December 2017
The Civil and Military Order of Merit of Adolphe of Nassau, the Order of the Oak Crown and the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are an integral part of Luxembourg’s cultural heritage. They are awarded in recognition of personal and professional achievements benefiting individuals or the common good.
The Civil and Military Order of Merit of Adolphe of Nassau is the second highest order of merit in Luxembourg and can only be conferred by the Grand Duke himself. It was first endowed in 1858 by Grand Duke Adolphe of Nassau for the Duchy of Nassau and awarded in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from 1890 onwards, after the House of Nassau-Weilburg ascended the Luxembourg throne. With this order, Adolphe of Nassau was honoring Adolf of Nassau, who was Emperor of Germany between 1292 and 1298. The order is granted for meritorious service to the country and outstanding loyalty to the dynasty, and also rewards those who have excelled in the arts and sciences.
King Grand Duke Wilhelm II introduced the Order of the Oak Crown in 1841. The dark green stripes are inspired by the King Grand Duke’s enthusiasm for the beauty of the Ösling oak forests. The order is conferred for meritorious civil and military achievement.
After World War II, there was a desire for a Luxembourg order of merit and in 1961, the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was established by Grand Duchess Charlotte at her 65th birthday. This order may be bestowed upon individuals in many fields in recognition of exceptional achievement to the benefit of others or to the common good (trade, industry, crafts, agriculture, tourism, art, literature). It is also conferred upon members of the public services in Luxembourg.
Like the Order of the Oak Crown, the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg can also be conferred upon foreign nationals.
The New Postocollants – Roses
Although in the middle of the 19th century, Luxembourg had a creative pioneer in the field of rose growing, namely Jean Soupert, it was not until 1980 that a group of rose lovers established the “Lëtzebuerger Rousefrënn” (Luxembourg Friends of Roses) to encourage the preservation of older varieties and the breeding of new ones.
And so it was that this old tradition was to bloom again in Luxembourg. In 2014, a second association, the “Patrimoine Roses pour le Luxembourg” joined forces with them and their commitment to preserve the valuable cultural heritage of Luxembourg roses.
POST Philately was able to recruit Marianne Majerus for the photographs. The Luxembourger is specialised in the depiction of gardens and is considered one of the best in the world in this field. Numerous awards are testament to the outstanding quality of her work, including the “Book Photographer of the Year” award from the British Garden Media Guild 2015 and a nomination for “International Garden Photographer of the Year” in 2010.