Spanos and the Forty Dragons "Ο Σπανος τζαι οι Σαραντα Δρατζιοι" (Children's Stamp 2013)
It is the passion of Hambis, the well-known Cypriot engraver, from the occupied village of Kontea, to spin the tales of the village - its' sorrows, its' beauty and its' joys - just like a weaver. He never drops a stitch and his ink is transformed into a dragon, a sun, a river , a fairy with a knife, a witch with a jasmine flower.
An extract from his illustrated folk tale "Spanos and the Forty Dragons" is the theme for the new children's stamp issued by the Cyprus Post in total faithfulness to the style of the artist, this issue is addressed to children the inheritors of a tradition who want to see justice prevail, the good to overcome evil, with Spanos (the people) killing the Dragons (the enemy) and restoring justice (so the water of the river flows freely)..
Technical Information Design-Artwork: Christina Vasiliadou Mezavorian, Limassol Printing method: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper Printer: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A., Greece Size of adhesive stamp booklet: 9 x 22 cm
Linocut: Hambis Tsangaris printmaker, Limassol Text: Eleni Sioufta Source: Stamps and Philatelic Service, Cyprus Post
Available only in self-adhesive booklets of 5 stamps (Mint and Used/CTO).
Cyprus - Christmas 2013
The Cyprus Post, in an effort to appeal to younger age groups and to stimulate their attention in philately, is issuing three stamps, using drawings by children from elementary schools in Cyprus. These works of art are the result of a pancyprian competition organised by Cyprus Post.
Images of Christmas are probably best seen through children's eyes and, when we see them, we respond with a smile at the purity, the simplicity and the wholesomeness that are depicted - interpretations that relate completely to the meaning of this great Christian celebrations.
Technical Information Design: Students of Elementary Schools Maria Eleftheriou, Andreas Kefalas, Hara Drousiotou Text: Eleni Sioufta
Size of stamps: 27 x 40 mm in sheets of 8 stamps Quantities stamps: 275,000 Quantity FDCs: 7,000
Printing method: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper Printer: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A., Greece
New Stamp Issues - In this category you will find only the most recent stamp issue as released by the Cyprus Postal Office.