Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday stamps - monochromatic stamps from An Post

Today's Sunday Stamps theme is monochrome.

I don't have any of these stamps issued by Ireland's An Post, but I think they are really well done. They celebrate the traditional five senses. Each one can be scanned with a smart phone to reveal more information, and each one has an extra feature connecting it to the sense it represents.

Taste - the gum tastes like strawberry - maybe all gummed stamps should have a pleasant taste!




Touch - this stamp incorporates thermochromic ink which changes color when touched.



Sight - the stamp is transparent, allowing it to take on the color of the underlying envelope.


Hearing - using a technique I've never heard of, thermography, when the stamp is rubbed it will emit a sound.


Smell - the final stamp has the fragrance of mint.









13 comments:

  1. I know these stamps do nor exactly meet the definition of monochromatic, except the sight one, but I hope bending the rules slightly is ok.

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    1. Oh, no worries, I think monochrome often includes black and white, thus allowing shades and tints...

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    2. Ha, yes, I guess black would be the darkest shade of any color :)

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  2. Bending the rules slightly is always an option at Sunday Stamps :)
    These are certainly 21st C stamps!!
    Not having a Smartphone would make me feel a little left out of these stamp experiences, but I wouldn't mind tasting the strawberry one.

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    1. I think the smart phone part is just a link to information on line, the stamps themselves are the real treat.

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  3. Fascinating stamps, hours of fun for the postal enthusiast:)

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    1. I agree - this set is a lot of fun all around.

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  4. A smartphone is not needed to appreciate these great stamps. I liked to touch the thermochromic one.

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    1. Me, too! I'd also like to be able to use the see-through one.

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    1. I agree - I wish I had a correspondent in Ireland.

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  6. Great stamps (and to me they are monochromatic :-) )!
    Intetesting too, to learn the Irish word for 'senses' and to see the inspiring design (and discover their extras, ow how much I would love to try the 'hear' stamp!).

    I think it good that not all gummed stamps have an attractive taste, as I fear that some housemates would eat my stamps then (and we ourself might lick all gum off the stamp so that it doesn't stick anymore) :-)

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    1. Haha, i am imagining a household of people binging on flavored stamp adhesive.

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