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The black art of printing in all its forms as portrayed on postage stamps.
This stamp was issued in Berlin on 11 May 1954. This was to commemorate the 100th birthday of Ottmar Mergenthaler.     The accompanying first day cover also depicted his Linotype machine.


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Stamp issued by West Germany on 9 April 1991 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Lette Foundation - set up to promote careers for women.




A couple of additional stamps celebrating the invention of the Linotype.

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Issued on 19 March 1962 to celebrate 80 years of the Bulgarian State Printing Office. Georgi Dimitrov was a compositor and the stamp shows him with composing stick in hand He was the first communist leader of Bulgaria, from 1946 to 1949.


The accompanying First Day Cover also shows a griffon with a pair of ink balls


Issued on 19 June 1963 to commemorate the centennial of the Hebrew Press in Palestine.                                           (Israel)     
Issued in sheets of 16 each stamp shows a nineteenth century compositor at work. The background of the whole sheet shows a page from the first issue in 1863 of Halbanon newspaper, giving each stamp a different background.I
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Issued on 15 June 1943 when Slovakia declared itself independent of Czechoslovakia.
Newspaper stamps. The N stands for Noviny (Newspaper)
As the name suggests, these stamps were used to pay the postage on newspapers sent through the mail.



Issued by the Netherlands on 4 March 2003 to celebrate 300 years of the print firm Johan Enschede.


Quote from: Mechanic on June 13, 2020, 09:01:46 PMA couple of additional stamps celebrating the invention of the Linotype.


The first stamp was issued by the Republic of Ireland on 21 August 1986 to celebrate the anniversary of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, founded in 1886.

The second stamp was issued by the United States of America on 22 February 1996 in a series Pioneers of Communication.


Another stamp with hot metal characters. Issued by Croatia on 7 February 1997 to commemorate the 600th birthday of Johannes Gutenberg.


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I thought I would add some British stamps to this thread.

I'm attaching a picture of a set of stamps issued in 1976 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of William Caxton printing.


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Issued on 10 February 1983 as part of a set celebrating 500 years of printing in Sweden.

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Issued by Spain on 4 March 1966 on the occasion of the Graphispack Exposition

First Day Cover


Not quite hot metal, more like 'cold rubber' - Issued by Spain on 2 January 2007 in a series 'toys'
Printing set.


More printing presses on stamps
Issued by Belgium on 17 December 1988.
The first press is a wooden handpress
The second is an iron Stanhope press
The third one ia lithographic press for use with a litho stone

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