Thursday, December 26, 2013

Coffee Cup Shaped Stamps

New Zealand Post's stamp issue from 2005 commemorated New Zealand's thriving cafe scene by presenting stamps in the shape of coffee cups.
Specially die-cut, the stamps were the first ever produced in New Zealand in a shape other than the standard rectangle, triangle or circle.
The five-stamp series traces the evolution of cafes in New Zealand.

The 45-cent stamp depicts NZ's first tearoom-style eating establishments, which were set up by European immigrants in the early twentieth century. By the 1940s and 1950s these had developed into the milk bars and coffee bars featured on the 90-cent stamp. From the 1970s late-opening coffee bars were replaced by the delicatessens pictured on the $1.35 stamp.
Finally, the $1.50 and $2.00 stamps capture the renaissance that took place in New Zealand's cafes during the 1990s.
The stamps were designed by the Stamps Business at New Zealand Post and printed by Wyatt & Wilson.

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  1. I love odd-shaped stamps, and these look perfect to me!

  2. There is another set I'm really looking to get. Also from New Zealand. Stamps shaped as T-shirts. Hopefully soon. I love all these odd-shapes too.