I'm with you when it comes to fondly remembering the past and
I wonder how it would be like to live 200 years ago,
lets say in Vienna at a time when Beethoven was still alive.
Then again the average person then lived a pretty harsh life
with an average life expectancy of 40 years.
Short and sweet so they didn't have to suffer too long.
Concerning engraved stamps I totally agree with you also.
It is dying out and even though France, Italy,Spain, Sweden, Denmark
Czech Republic and Slovakia *
quite a few engraved stamps, I believe it's only a question
of time before it's all printed via offset/litho.
Skimming through the 6 new Scott 2015 volumes I borrow from the
library (can't afford $120 per volume + 13% sales tax here in Ontario)
even photogravure stamp printing is just about finished.
It's a pity that countries such as Austria and
who both have such a tradition of printing beautiful
engraved stamps and had such master engravers, no longer
issue engraved stamps.
The majority of Austrian stamps for instance are printed offset
by foreign printers in Hungary and the Netherlands.
A few of the annual issues are still printed by the Austrian
State Printer using what they call Etch-Art
combines offset with something like computerized engraving
where no engraver is required.
See my thread here http://goscf.com/t/28830&whichpage=1
Well I guess this is what they call progress.*
There are some countries such as
Canada, USA,Norway and China that issue maybe an engraved
stamp once in a blue Moon but very rarely.
Same for Liechtenstein, Monaco, Poland and maybe one or two
which I missed.edit
Thanks to Galeoptix/Rein I learned that Belgium
still does issue engraved stamps.