On 9th May, MaltaPost issued a set of 2 stamps depicting Malta's iconic postal vans which is participating to this year's EUROPA competition themed – "Postman Van". The competition invites postal operators from Europe to showcase their countries' postal vehicles. This annual activity aims to encourage public awareness of Europe's common roots and history.
For this year Malta has taken a nostalgic look at postal vans from yesteryear and chose to highlight two particular vehicles – Ford Transit Mark 1 Van and a Lambretta three-wheeler. The Ford Transit Mark 1, on the €0.37 stamp, is seen as it makes its way up to Merchant's Street, Valletta, in front of the Old General Post office that was housed in the Auberged'Italie, while the Lambretta three-wheeler on the €1.19 stamp is captured as it drives down Dingli Street, in Sliema.
The Ford Transit Mark 1, €0.37 stamp will be Malta's entry for the Best EUROPA Stamp Contest. The contest is an annual online event where creative entries from across Europe compete for the best design. The best EUROPA stamp will be voted for by, web viewers and PostEurop's members.
The best EUROPA stamp will be voted for by web viewers, and you can participate online at www.posteurop.org/europa2013. Voting will be open from 9 May until 31 August 2013.