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Posted 05/16/2010   09:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add abohart to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
My first grandchild was born yesterday morning, and so and idea occurred to me... there are several countries out there that have personalized stamps. So, maybe it would be a cool idea to get some from each country with a picture of my granddaughter on them. I know Canada has them, and the USA kind of (these are actually meters)... what other countries have personalized postage?

-Allen
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Posted 05/16/2010   10:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nr-notrare to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Allen.....


Look for a local item with the right date.

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Posted 05/16/2010   10:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Australia Allen,
go to the Australia Post web site for the application form.


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Posted 05/16/2010   10:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add giraffestamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Allen,

The Royal Mail does something similar :

http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/...iaId=3800008

GS
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Posted 05/16/2010   10:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You could also see if there are any pictorial postmarks or stams issued on her date of birth and request a postmark and use a picture of your granddaughter, her birth announcement, or just text as a cachet. Here is an idea for next year. Make a cover for her birthday.







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Posted 05/16/2010   10:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Heeeeey! Stamperdude, you're the man :) love the footprint one.
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Posted 05/16/2010   1:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
France, Latvia, Austria have some nice ones now that are similar to Canada in that your picture is on the stamp itself and not on the label or tab as on the older French types or the Australian, GB, Japanese, Indian, Polish or Chinese types.

eBay search for personalized in English and personnalise in French.

Some folks call the Canada ones Greetings stamps as that is what theyw ere called at first. GB called theirs Smilers or Greetings also.

The USA has Photo stamps (stamps.com I think) or Zazzle (dot com) (nice these, come in different sizes, the larger the better I think) or Endicia (dot com). Of the three I like the Zazzle the best and I think it costs the most too, sorry.

Searching for these US ones can be under personalized or personal or photo stamps or computer stamps because of the bar codes you mentioned on them.

Right now I have mostly (and collect) Canada personalized but have a smattering of others.

Canada is called Picture Postage www.picturepostage.ca or through www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/per...ts/index.jsf">Canada Post (dot ca).

I mention searching so you could get an idea of what you can do with them. Close ups work better that far away shots.

All of these are similar to Canada ones (I think) in that they cost a bit more that a regular stamp. Although I have not bought any from any country except Canada (as of yet) I would think this to be true as these are a (very) short production run and thus the printing costs increase.

As for size the Zazzle ones are big and I think the Austrian types are pretty big although I do not have one to compare. Latvia (Estonia too?) ones seem to follow the Austrian design somewhat.

Other countries do have them too, Belgium and the Netherlands I think.

Bee See has a good site on the Canada ones www.stampcommunity.org/go/li...cstamps.com/" target="_blank">http://brcstamps.com/ .
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Posted 05/16/2010   1:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Link to Wikipedia article on personalized stamps that has separate articles and links links to the Post Offices of some issuing countries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personalised_stamp
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Posted 05/17/2010   09:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ryan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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France, Latvia, Austria have some nice ones now that are similar to Canada in that your picture is on the stamp itself and not on the label or tab


I don't know if any other country does what Austria does - they catalogue all of the personalized stamps that have been ordered (over 10,000 of them are listed so far). Jonny the Smoochy Cat was commemorated in an edition of 100 in 2005. ha ha

http://www.post.at/eshop/meinemarke/katalog.php

Ryan


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Posted 05/17/2010   10:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

...and I believe that all those stamps have microprinting to identify date of printing etc.
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Posted 05/17/2010   11:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rod,
Thanks. That is his actually footprint as well, I had the nurse do it while at the hospital. I just realized that I don't have a scan of the cover I did for his 1st birthday.
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Posted 05/17/2010   3:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add abohart to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone for your input. This could be a fun project!

-Allen
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