World Stamps

France wins first contest for Mediterranean-theme stamps

Dec 24, 2019, 8 AM

By Denise McCarty

A French stamp won the first design competition organized by the Postal Union of the Mediterranean.

All stamps entered into this online competition were part of a multination series also organized by the postal union.

This series, known as Euromed, began in 2014. That year the participating postal administrations all issued stamps featuring the same design. Since then, there has been a central theme with each postal administration creating its own stamp designs. The 2019 theme is costumes of the Mediterranean.

The winning design from France features a traditional woman’s costume from Arles in southern France. Sabine Forget’s design for this €1.30 stamp is based on a drawing by Leo LeLee.

France’s La Poste also worked with the Art and History Museum of Provence and the Museon Arlaten (Arles Museum) in creating the stamp. It was issued July 8 in sheets of 42.

Euromed stamps from Lebanon and Croatia placed second and third in the contest, respectively.

The £2,000 stamp issued July 8 by Lebanon shows an emir of the 19th-century wearing a tarboush, a hat similar to a fez.

Papou Lahoud Saade designed this stamp. She also designed Lebanon’s other 2019 Euromed stamp, which shows a 19th-century princess wearing a cone-shaped headdress called a “tantour.”

Croatia also issued its Euromed stamp July 8. Designed by Dubravka Zglavnik Horvat, this 8.60-kuna stamp shows two children wearing folk costumes of the island of Susak on the northern Adriatic coast.

Also issuing Euromed stamps in 2019 were Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Tunisia.

Online voting for the contest was open from July 9 through Oct. 8, and the Postal Union of the Mediterranean reports that more than 8,000 votes were recorded from 84 countries.

The postal union has also announced the themes of traditional gastronomy in the Mediterranean for the 2020 Euromed stamps and of handcrafted jewelry of the region for the 2021 stamps.

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