Two post stamps from the series "EUROPA – stories and myths" will be released

On Thursday, 5th May, will be issued two postage stamps in the stamp series „EUROPA“ – this year, the theme is stories and myths. The stamps depict the painting ‘Tiritamme kasvatamine’ (‘Doing a headstand’) and the tapestry design ‘Siuru-lindu Kalevipojast’ (‘The Siuru bird from Kalevipoeg’) by the artist Oskar Kallis.
The postage stamps were designed by Indrek Ilves and it was printed in the printing house Vaba Maa. The edition size of the stamps is 20,000 and its nominal price is 1.90 euros, meaning it can be sent internationally. The postage stamps and the first day cover will be sold in the e-shop of Omniva and in post offices all across Estonia. The first day stamp will be used at the Toompea post office at 4 Lossi plats, Tallinn.
Kalevipoeg is a mythical hero in Estonian folklore, which contains many legends and stories about a mighty man named Kalevipoeg. The legends of Kalevipoeg, together with runic folk songs, were the subject for Friedrich Robert Faehlmann and Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald while preparing and writing the epic Kalevipoeg in the nineteenth century. Kalevipoeg is considered to be one of the most important works of Estonian literature, and its motifs have later been used by many artists, composers, and writers. The work also played an important role in the development of Estonian national self-awareness.
Every year, European countries issue stamps with a common theme. The first European stamps were released in 1956. The series, which has been published under the auspices of PostEurop since 1993, has been renamed EUROPA and has chosen contemporary art as its common theme. There participated 47 postal administrations. The first EUROPA postage stamp was issued in Estonia in 1994, when the subject was inventions and discoveries.
In 2022, Omniva will issue dozens of postage stamps that depict important topics, events, and people in our country and society.



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