Thursday, 6 June 2013

Scented Stamps

Category - Smell
Subcategory - Scented Stamps

Hungary 2012 - 85th Stamp Day – Kalocsa Rose motif Embroidery stamp and Paprika scented Stamp

On 6 July 2012, Magyar Posta greeted the 85th Stamp Day – greatest festival for stamp collectors – by issuing stamps. In addition to the souvenir sheet with extra charge, a dual denomination stamp series and a special version came out. Magyar Posta devotes the surcharge sum (200 HUF per sheet) to supporting organised stamp collecting activity in Hungary. (HUF - Hungarian Forint).

The 80 HUF stamp of the series shows Kalocsa embroidery (top right stamp), while the 130 HUF stamp features a paprika string and part of the exterior of Kaposi’s Paprika Museum.

The stamps of the two denominations are arranged tete-beche, i.e. head to tail. Some unique mementos of religious art from the Kalocsa Archiepiscopal Treasury can be seen on the stamp image and the frame drawing of the numbered sheet. A special feature of the sheet is that a so-called Anti-Stokes layer supplemented the offset printing process used on it, thanks to which the stamp emits green light and sound when placed under infra-red light.

This feature has a safety function, since it can only be detected by instruments specially developed for this purpose. The special pigment layer – by the caption “Magyarorszag” in the stamp image of the sheet – emits green light under the HORUS 1019 light, while the same infra radiation is triggered in the form of a beeping sound when the stamp is inspected with the RADIR 2029 device.

The stamp sheet numbered from 1-10,000 is available in a special stamp selection titled 85th Stamp Day: Kalocsa Collection (My collection ID is 03739). In addition to the basic version of the stamp series, the series’ special version also forms part of the exclusive collection and can only be purchased as part of this selection.

A special feature of the 80 HUF denomination is that its Kalocsa rose motif is real embroidery, while the 130 HUF stamp image with a paprika motif has a layer of paprika fragrance coating which contains the special aroma of paprika sealed in microcapsules. This compilation was printed in 10,000 copies, which is equal to the number of copies made of the special version of the stamp series.

Cyprus 2012 Jasmine Scented Miniature Sheet

Issue date: 02 May 2012

Latin Name: Jasminum grandiflorum 

Common Names: Jasmine, White Jasmine 

British Name: Spanish Jasmine

Jasmine is a climbing, deciduous shrub and has compound, pinnate leaves with 7-9 leaflets, the top of which is the largest. Its fragrant, scented flowers are white, with a rosy or purple hue, arranged in regular, wavy inflorescences. It booms from June to January.

It is native to South Asian countries. In Cyprus it is widely used as an ornamental plant is private and public gardens at a height between 0 – 1000m. Its essential oil is used to produce fragrances.

Taiwan 2012  - Valentine’s Day Rose Scented Heart Shaped Miniature Sheet Stamp

Issue date : 10 Feb 2012

Taiwan issued an odd shaped (Heart) scented stamp on a miniature sheet on 10 Feb 2012 to mark the Valentine’s Day 2012. 

Australia 2011 Eucalyptus scented stamp presentation sheet

Issue date 17 May 2011

2011 Presentation Pack: Containing Farming Australia - Eucalyptus Scented sheetlet. 

The Farming Australia native plants stamp issue represents four of Australia's largest native horticultural industries and promotes the importance of Australia's commercially cultivated industries.

The stamps depict the eucalyptus oil industry, which began in 1852 in Victoria; the honey industry, worth about $50 million to Australia; macadamia nuts, with the industry currently worth around $110.7 million; and Tea tree oil Australia's second most successful native horticultural industry (after macadamias), earning around $30 million annually. 

This stamp comes from a special sheetlet pack of 10 stamps infused with the clean, fresh smell of Australian eucalyptus oil. Gently rubbing the stamps will release the oil's fragrance.

France 2011 Strawberry Scented MS

Issue date 28 February 2011

La Poste France has issued a miniature sheet on Strawberry on the occasion of ‘La Fête du Timbre’ or ‘Feast of the Stamp 2011’.  The miniature sheet  is strawberry scented and the strawberry image of the stamp is embossed with prints on both sides of the miniature sheet. 

Thailand 2010 Rose 9th series Scented Stamps

Issue date 05 February 2010

On the occasion for Valentines Day, Thailand Post has issued a Rose Scented Stamp. Roses have been used to represent love, cheerfulness and beauty.

French Polynesia 2010 Mango scented stamp

Issue date 06 August 2010

Originating in India and Burma, the mango (vi popa’a) was introduced into Polynesia in 1848 and was quickly adopted by the population. After the banana, the mango is the tropical fruit that is most produced in the world. Today there are some 300 cultivated species. They are first-rate providers of vitamin A and C and are very abundant from December February. Many varieties can be found market stalls: the atoni mango (very fragrant and fibrous), opureva (purple), tutehau, huehue, painapo, and a carrot-like variety, with distinctive sizes, shapes and tastes. Some varieties are consumed unripe by the Polynesians, soaked in salt and vinegar. 

The kernel, the bark, the resin, the leaves and the skin of the fruit are used many ways in traditional medicine. On the other hand, mango flowers can cause respiratory allergies and the sap can bring about irritant dermatitis. 

As for its light-coloured wood, it is often used in joinery (wood working joints). 

India 2008 Jasmine Scented Stamps

Issue date: 26 April 2008


Jasmine via Arabic from the Persian Yasmin, i.e. "Gift from God".  Throughout India, especially in the western and southern states, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, etc., Jasmine (along with many other flowers, including roses) is cultivated in private homes, within gardens or as potted plants. These flowers are used in regular worship at home as well as for hair ornaments (for the girls and women of the house). The delicate Jasmine flower opens only at night and may be plucked in the morning when the tiny petals are tightly closed, then stored in a cool place until night. The petals begin to open between six and eight in the evening, as the temperature lowers.

Scented Jasmine Miniature Sheet is third in the series of scented stamps from India. (Earlier ones were Sandalwood and Roses)

Qatar 2008 Traditional Perfumes – Scented Miniature sheet

Issue date 30 March 2008

The stamps “traditional perfume”, released in a set of four, each of which priced at QR 1.50, ooze fragrance of four traditional perfumes produced in Qatar.

The four perfumes include Al Marash, Oud oil, Agar wood and Al Moghass.

India 2007 Rose Scented Stamps

Issue date: 07 February 2007

Frangrances of Roses.

Scented Stamp with Rose Perfume. The process of printing of the perfumed stamps consists of three stages.  In the first stage the stamp is printed as it is done in the case of any normal stamp.   In the second stage, for giving fragrance to the stamp sheet, a special rose-fragrance based ink, specially imported for this purpose, is applied into the cells of 30 to 40 microns depth, in the cylinders used for photogravure printing and the stamps were then rolled on to these cylinders.  By this process, under pressure, they are transferred on to the stamp paper. At the last encapsulation stage, where stamps are dried, microcapsules of the ink are injected and these get permanently embedded in the stamp.   It is these microcapsules which hold the fragrance.  Whenever the stamp is rubbed these microcapsules break and emit the fragrance of rose flower.

The stamps showcase the spectacular variety, beauty and fragrance of roses found in our country by depicting the four Indian varieties - Clockwise Bhim, Delhi Princess, Jawahar and Neelam.

India 2006 Sandalwood Scented Stamp

Date of issue : 13 December 2006

Sandalwood (Santalum Album)

The sandalwood tree is currently found in India, Srilanka, Australia, China, Taiwan and some other South Pacific Island.

Botanically known as "Santalum album ", sandalwood is prized for its fragrance and medicinal properties. It forms an intrinsic part of Hindu religious rituals.

Sandalwood is also used for carving. Skilled artisans work to fashion the wood into caskets, panels, staues and figurines. Sandalwood is in great demand for its oil and bark. Also, sandalwood paste or powder is used in traditional medicines to treat a variety of ailments ranging from snakebites and digestive complications, to skin problems and to beautify and nourish the skin.

Sandalwood is an integral part of the Indian Heritage and India Post has issued a postage stamp (and a miniature sheet) on Sandalwood with its unmistakable fragrance.

The First Scented Stamp of India (Sandalwood Perfume). Design stamp shows an Elephant and sandalwood tree.

Great Britain 2001 – Centenary of Noble Prize - Eucalyptus Scented

Issue date: 02 October 2001

Royal Mail used several innovative printing methods for a set of stamps issued in October 2001 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Institute and the first Nobel Prizes. It also celebrates the six categories of Nobel Prizes.

Among the six stamps issued was a 45p stamp honoring the  Physiology or Medicine category of Nobel prizes. The stamp features a green cross, which releases a medicinal Eucalyptus scent when scratched and sniffed.

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