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Postage Stamp Day 1997

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Róbert Brun
František Horniak
December 18, 1997
Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
Rotary-recess printing combined with recess printing
FDC Design:  Róbert Brun
FDC Engraving:  František Horniak
Cancellation Design:  Róbert Brun
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10 000

From the very outset Slovakia's postage stamp production has aimed to take its place alongside that of countries such as Sweden, Great Britain, Austria, France and Switzerland, who have a long tradition in issuing works of high quality. That this was not an ill-judged ambition is demonstrated by interest in Slovak stamps from philatelists in dozens of countries around the world, by their presence at numerous exhibitions and by the awards received, of which the most important to date is third place in a competition for the world's most beautiful stamp (WIPA, Vienna 1997).

For the most part Slovakia's stamps are designed by the country's leading artists, which means that each is, in fact, a miniature work of art. And for five years now this miniature work of art, with the high quality of its rendering of subject and of its engraving, has travelled the postal system and told the world of its country of origin.

It is not by chance that the design of the 139th Slovak stamp, issued to mark the Postage Stamp Day, depicts a graver in the form of a post horn. The graver (or burin) is the most important tool used in stamp engraving, and it is the mastery of this instrument in the technique of steel engraving that determines the final stages in the production of a superlative stamp, a process in which a considered approach by the issuing body and sensitive selection of topics and their elaboration to a high artistic standard are earlier phases. It would be no exaggeration to say that beauty and quality have already become hallmarks of the Slovak postage stamp.

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