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Started by printsmurf, June 06, 2020, 10:05:32 AM

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This stamp was issued in Berlin on 11 May 1954. This was to commemorate the 100th birthday of Ottmar Mergenthaler.     The accompanying first day cover also depicted his Linotype machine.

There are other postage stamps depicting hot metal type but they are few and far between.

I have quite a few showing hand-presses and some showing litho machines.


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Further to previous metal characters.

Stamp issued by West Germany on 9 April 1991 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Lette Foundation - set up to promote careers for women.




A couple of additional stamps celebrating the invention of the Linotype.

George Finn (Mechanic)
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Issued on 19 March 1962 to celebrate 80 years of the Bulgarian State Printing Office. Georgi Dimitrov was a compositor and the stamp shows him with composing stick in hand He was the first communist leader of Bulgaria, from 1946 to 1949.



Issued on 19 June 1963 to commemorate the centennial of the Hebrew Press in Palestine. Issued in sheets of 16 each stamp shows a nineteenth century compositor at work. The background of the whole sheet shows a page from the first issue in 1863 of Halbanon newspaper, giving each stamp a different background.

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Metal Type on postage stamps

Issued on 15 June 1943 when Slovakia declared itself independent of Czechoslovakia.
Newspaper stamps. The N stands for Noviny (Newspaper)



Metal Type on postage stamps

Issued by the Netherlands on 4 March 2003 to celebrate 300 years of the print firm Johan Enschede.


Quote from: Mechanic on June 13, 2020, 08:01:46 PMA couple of additional stamps celebrating the invention of the Linotype.


The first stamp was issued by the Republic of Ireland on 21 August 1986 to celebrate the anniversary of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, founded in 1886.

The second stamp was issued by the United States of America on 22 February 1996 in a series Pioneers of Communication.


Another stamp with hot metal characters. Issued by Croatia on 7 February 1997 to commemorate the 600th birthday of Johannes Gutenberg.


Dave Hughes

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I thought I would add some British stamps to this thread.

I'm attaching a picture of a set of stamps issued in 1976 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of William Caxton printing.


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Off topic slightly - print machines on banknotes!

The chap on the note is Hristo Gruev Danov (27 August 1828 - 11 December 1911), a Bulgarian enlightener, teacher and book publisher of the Bulgarian National Revival who is regarded as the father of organized book publishing in the Bulgarian lands and hailed as the "Bulgarian Gutenberg".


The chap on the note is Guðbrandur Þorláksson, bishop of Hólar from 8 April 1571 until his death. He was the longest-serving bishop in Iceland and is known for printing the Guðbrandsbiblía, first complete Icelandic translation of the Bible.


The chap on this note is Antonio Amador José de Nariño y Álvarez del Casal (1765 – 1824. He was a Colombian ideological precursor of the independence movement in New Granada (present day Colombia). In 1794, Nariño procured a copy of the "Declaration of the Rights of Man", which was being distributed by the French Assembly. He translated it from its original French into Spanish and printed several copies from his own private press. A copy of the declaration can be seen on the left of the front and a small wooden handpress can be seen bottom right of the reverse


Back to stamps.
Issued on 10 February 1983 as part of a set celebrating 500 years of printing in Sweden.

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