StampNews.com found out, that bpost presented the 2014 postage stamp issues.
Technological innovation plays a big part in the new collection: from stamps that light up or show moving pictures to transparent stamps that reveal the world of crystals. bpost even tries for a Guinness World Record certificate with one stamp.
Despite a whole host of innovations, the collection is a balance of tradition and modernity. A number of technical tours de force will catch the eye in 2014.
Comic strip author François Schuiten has created the first official Belgian augmented reality stamp. When you put the sheet in front of a webcam, you travel through landscapes on the computer screen.
But that's not the end of the technological innovation. For instance, the Brussels skyline appears on the Earth Hour stamp under a black light. The programme also includes the first round postage stamp sheet, celebrating the Football World Cup in Brazil. The International Year of Crystallography is presented in transparent stamps that show the structure of an ice crystal.
To mark International Women's Day, a stamp will be released including fragments from the UN's Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women. bpost even tries for a Guinness World Record certificate with that one.
Belgian art is again featured prominently in the 2014 collection. Renowned artist Michaël Borremans has painted a special piece for a unique stamp. He follows in the footsteps of Luc Tuymans, who did the same in 2011. René Magritte is the subject of the art booklet “Ceci est un timbre”. There will also be a Hergé series, with ten masterly portraits of his Tintin characters.
The issue commemorating the Centenary of the First World War has a very special place in 2014. It will be the first in a series to be issued over five years, which is how long the Great War lasted.
Says Johnny Thijs, CEO of bpost: "State-of-the-art technology and firsts are key aspects of our 2014 stamp collection. We add an original extra dimension to a substantial number of stamps. In doing so, we often use new technologies. It is a way to reinforce the modernity of the postage stamp and philately. "
Here is the list of all issues scheduled for 2014:
Dogs at close range – Fantastic flora
By Michaël Borremans – Buzin differently
International Women's Day – Earth Hour 2014
Tintin and friends – Humani Corporis fabrica (Andreas Vesalius 500)
Hockey World Cup The Hague – Brazil 2014 – Crystals X-rayed
The Panama Canal 100 – The Saxophone (Europe) – Mines in Wallonia
'Ceci est un timbre' (Magritte art booklet) – Grote Markt, Antwerp (Promotion of Philately)
The world of trains – Little Spirou – The Great War
Optical illusions – A gift stamp (end-of-year issue)!