Australien - Briefmarken 1999
AUSTRALIA 1999 "AUSTRALIA 99 WORLD STAMP EXPO/THE WORLD´S FIRST PERSONALISED STAMPS BY AUSTRALIA POST" souvenir sheet with ten 45c stamps and pictures of a famous German visitor of the exhibition, included is also a printing proof and the original folder.
The show-stopper at the Melbourne International Philatelic Exhibition in March 1999 was personalised stamps. Long lines formed as people waited to have their photographs taken specially for reproduction on half-sized labels printed alongside the 45c Polly Woodside sailing ship stamp. More than 6,000 people availed themselves of this special issue. The success of this venture encouraged Australia Post to offer an ongoing service to the Australian public, and on September 1, 1999 a nationwide service was inaugurated, using the Greetings stamps released on that date for the purpose.
THIS FIRST PERSONALISED STAMP OF THE WORLD IS ALMOST NOT TO BE FOUND ON THE PHILATELIC MARKET AS THE TRADE ONLY STOCKED THE UNPERSONALISED GENERIC VERSION, ALMOST ALL PERSONALISED SHEETS ARE STILL IN THE PRIVATE HANDS OF THE ORIGINAL VISITORS OF THE SHOWS. A MODERN AUSTRALIA RARITY.
(AUSTRALIEN 1999 der «Polly Woodside» Kleinbogen ist die erste personalisierte Foto Marke der Welt, eine "moderne Rarität" die fast nie angeboten wird)