Thursday, May 29, 2008

Italy's 2009 International Philately Festival Stamps

Italy, 2008

In 2009, Italy will host the Italia 2009 International Philately Festival in Rome. The exhibit will be open for 5 days between October 21 and October 25 at the Congress Center (Palazzo dei Congressi).

The exhibition is being organized by Poste Italiane, Italy's postal authority, in conjunction with the Federation of the Italian Philatelic Societies (FSFI)and the Association of Italian Philatelic Traders (AFIP). Together these three groups are handling all aspects of the international philately exhibition and competition.

According to Poste Italiane's informative website, the competition is open to those from European and other Mediterranean countries, Canada, the United States, Argentina, South Africa, and Australia, i.e. "namely countries particularly close to Italy due to the large communities of Italian immigrants and their descendants."

Italy, 2008

Poste Italiane has created a stunning set of stamps to promote this philatelic exhibition. The two-stamp set features pen-and-ink style drawings of Roman architectural sites as a backdrop to the exhibition data.

The lower-denominated stamp, 0.60 EU, shows the host location for the exhibition, the Congress Center. Across the top of the columns, the date of the exhibition and the host city is displayed. The side of the Congress Center is stylized as a perforated stamp declaring the exhibition name.

The higher-denominated stamp, at 0.65 EU, shows the most familiar landmark of old Rome, the Colosseum. Originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is probably the most-recognized architecture in all of Italy.

The stamp depicts, in iconic form, the standing remains of the Colosseum on the left side. On the right side, another stylized stamp serves to portray the shorter standing wall.

These stamps are beautiful examples of stylized designs. They should go nicely in architecture-themed collections, and would be worthy additions to anyone's stamp albums.

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