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In similar vein to previous post. Issued on 5 September 1980       (Switzerland)

A postcard of the stamp used as a First Day Cover with the stamp stuck on the front.

First Day Cover


Issued on 19 April 1991 to celebrate 350 years of L'Imprimerie Nationale, the French Government Printing Works
If you look carefully at the stamp there is a portrait of Gutenberg

An accompanying First Day Cover has a press on it


Issued on 14 May 1969 to celebrate the bicentenary of the National Press      (Portugal)

The stamps show King José 1, promoter of the press & coat of arms

The accompanying First Day Cover shows the coat of arms in a bit more detail and you can make out that the eagle is holding a composing stick and what appears to be ink balls

Enlargement of coat of arms on Cover and also the postmark




Issued on 28 January 2019 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the printing press at Goražde. Printing press on souvenir sheet.
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)


Issued on 16 December 1940  100th Anniversary of Bulgarian Book Printing     Nikola Karastoyanov, the first Bulgarian printer           (Bulgaria)


Issued on 26 June 1893 to commemorate 400 years of printing in Montenegro, the Principality of Montenegro did not miss the opportunity to celebrate this important event, and issued a commemorative series of stamps. Specifically, this release consisted of the preceding regular issues which were overprinted in Cetinje with: "Printing House Anniversary 1493-1893".            (Montenegro)

Although there are no print related images on the stamps, these are the oldest stamps that I know of to celebrate printing or the print industry


Issued on 4 April 1981 to celebrate bookbinding this stamp shows a binding press.      (France)

The First Day Cover shows a bookbinding press in operation

The stamp also appears on this First Day Cover from October 1981 which celebrates 500 years of Gutenberg and shows a printing press


Post number 9 on page 1 and post number 135 on page 10 - William Caxton

Stamps in greater detail along with a couple of First Day Covers showing presses.

Side panel in greater detail

Signed by the designer

William Caxton also appears on a stamp issued on 20 February 2008 in a series Kings and Queens, The Houses of Lancaster and York


Off topic again        Caxton also appears on a specimen banknote      Thomas De La Rue - William Caxton and Gutenberg Press - Intaglio Specimen Test Note

Particularly rare test note, even scarcer in this version with the serial number


Issued on 18 June 1974 for the 50th Anniversary of the International Chess Federation.        (Hungary)
The image shows a woodcut from the second edition of 'The Game and Playe of Chesse' by Caxton


Issued on 1 April 2001 to celebrate The 55th Anniversary of Military Geographic Institute      (Ecuador)


In 2008 this postcard (with pre-printed stamp) was issued to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Brazilian Press     (Portugal)


Post 15 on page 2     Postcard postmarked on first day of issue

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