To strengthen collaboration between the cross-strait postal services, Chunghwa Post and China Post simultaneously plan a stamp on the theme of “the swan goose carries a message.” The most famous stories associated with the idiom “the swan goose carries a message” are “Su Wu Shepherds Sheep” from the Han Dynasty and “Wang Baochuan Sends a Letter to Xue Pingguei via the Swan Goose” from the Tang Dynasty. In later years people began to use this idiom as a figure of speech to describe the sending of letters or correspondence. Soaring high above the vast land and the river that runs through it, the swan goose of lore featured on the stamp carries a message across the water－much as the two postal services work together to seamlessly deliver mail across the Taiwan Strait. A special printing process was adopted for the stamp. A combination of offset crystal screen dots and intaglio grains screen was used to convey the rich layers of the painting. Then an intaglio process was employed to emphasize the slanted lines so as to vividly portray the grace of the soaring goose swan. A pictorial, which contains a full sheetlet, a DVD portraying Mr. Au Ho-nien’s drawing process, 2 maximum cards and a 7-color proof will also be released on the issuing date of the stamp.
(1) First Day Cover: NT$2 apiece (2) Folder (with or without mounts): NT$5 apiece (3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece (4)Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one stamp: NT$11 apiece (5) Stamp pictorial: NT$600 a copy
To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branch, or order on line at http://stamp.post.gov.tw.
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