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RP Issues of 2019











2019, October 19.  Special Issue:  Postcard 150th Anniversary

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.




20p  Dr. Emanuel Herrmann, Special Postcard - (4,000)


Designer:  Rodine C. Teodoro




The postcard is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019, and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is commemorating the milestone event with a postcard issuance. The history of postcards started when Dr. Emanuel Herrmann, a professor of Economics in Vienna, suggested to his national postal service a means to streamline communications. There needed to be a cheaper, less troublesome alternative to letters. The Correspondenz-Karte, or correspondence card was first issued on 1 October 1869. He came to be known as the “Father of Postcards” through the official creation and implementation of this new system via the Austrian Post. Since then, postcards have been the ultimate souvenir. Even today, in the face of modern technology and social media, postcards are still preferred for being tangible tokens of one’s care and attention.

This special issuance features the inventor of the postcard on a copy of the first correspondenz-karte, printed on special board paper with a matte finish. The “150th Anniversary of the Postcard” postcards will be available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.








Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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