POST Luxembourg issues new stamps on 19th September
This year POST Luxembourg celebrates its 175th anniversary. This is of course also commemorated by the issue of a special bloc. The artist Pit Weyer has succeeded to illustrate the development in postal and telecommunication activities over this long time by building a time lime made of objects easily recognizable. The theme of this year’s Sepac stamp is “handcrafts”. POST Luxembourg illustrates this by showing on the stamp an artwork of the artist Ellen van der Woude, who was in 2016 distinguished a the first price in a national exhibition. The second oldest church in Luxembourg celebrates its 700th anniversary. A colorful stamp shows the beauty of this historic building.
SEPAC special stamp
Theme for 2017: Handcrafts
There will again be a joint issue by SEPAC in 2017 with this year’s theme being “handcrafts”. POST Philately has decided to work with Ellen van der Woude who offers a modern interpretation of an “ancient” craft.
Ellen van der Woude is a Dutch artist living in Luxembourg. She began engaging with ceramics 10 years ago. She has been working in her style for five years and creates objects influenced by nature’s beauty and diversity.
“Working with ceramics requires lots of patience and delicacy”, remarked Ellen van der Woude. “And you mustn’t let yourself be discouraged by failed attempts. It happens to me that I’m almost finished with a sculpture and I realize that not every detail of it meets my expectations. That’s when I start again”.
The floral and maritime themes she focuses on are shown by corresponding samples, shapes, colours and elements in every aspect. “I usually have an idea in my head for a while without having a concrete plan for the objects. Just as nature evolves and its appearance is never entirely predictable - that is also true for my sculptures. Each one is unique”.
Ellen van der Woude received the Jury Prize at the “De Mains de Maîtres Luxembourg, 2016” exhibition for her fascinating work.
700 Years of the Parish Church of Simmern
There are many churches and religious art monuments between Steinfort and Mersch in the Eisch valley. The Romano-Gothic St. Martin Parish Church in Simmern, with its cemetery and crosses partly dating back to the 16th century, is certainly an excellent example.
At the start of the 14th century, Thomas von Siebenborn, a friend and attendant of Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor, was Simmern’s lord of the castle. According to a pious legend, Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor, is said to have died in the arms of Thomas von Siebenborn in 1313 in Buonconvento in Tuscany, Italy. Thomas then returned to Simmern and had the first church built there, which was consecrated in 1317.
Many artefacts in the immediate surroundings, which clearly date back to the Early Middle Ages, as well as the patronage of Martin indeed indicate that an early Christian church previously existed here.
In the church with its simple interior and in the cemetery, there is still, to this day, a special atmosphere which invites visitors to linger in contemplation. The church and cemetery have both been protected as historic monuments since 1962.
175 Years of POST
In 2017, the postal service in Luxembourg will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its foundation following a decree of King- Grand Duke William II on 20 August 1842. The role of the postal service was initially to transport letters and messages on horseback or by other means of transport, i.e. traditional postal services. Nowadays, letter post, packages and express deliveries are transported, though it is now possible to partially administer them via the Internet. The first stamp was issued in 1852.
The first telephone lines appeared in 1880 following the establishment of the telegraph office in 1861. From 1898 onwards, it was possible to make telephone calls abroad from Luxembourg (initially to Belgium). This laid the foundation for the second important field: telecommunications services. Today the services offered range from fixed-line and mobile communications to Internet television.
POST Luxembourg is the leading provider in the field of postal and telecommunications services in Luxembourg. The postal service has also been offering financial services since 1911. Back then, it was giro cheques and bank transfers; nowadays the product range includes current account services, wire transfers and bank cards. In 1992, the administrative body became a public company that continuously adapts its spectrum of products and services to the state of the art and to the needs of its customers.
How have you approached the highly complex history of the postal service?
To begin with, we compiled all the information about the history of the postal service from various publications in order to compare the services and duties of the postal service in the period between 1842 and the current day. Our goal was to clearly depict the development and the changes in the services on the stamps.
What was it like for you to design a stamp based on the theme of the postal service?
At the start of the design process, we always conduct comprehensive documentation and analysis of the theme when designing a stamp. The challenge when developing a stamp is to visually portray a message in the smallest of spaces. In the preparation stage, there was no significant difference as far as these motifs are concerned. However, it was a particular joy to be able to design the stamps for the 175th anniversary of the postal service. This is recognition of the many years that we have worked with the company.