“The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.” ~ Gracie Allen
I collect US, Canal Zone, Hawaii, Canada & Provinces, Rhodesia, British Virgin islands, British Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Great Britain, Iceland, Third Reich Germany, Scott International Part 1 and whatever catches my eye.
Stewardess Natasja is a comic from Belgium. Many of the country's youth philately stamps show Belgian comic figures. The artist of the comic series is Walthéry. The copyright is owned by Marsu Productions, based in Monaco. Marsu refers to the fictional character called Marsupilami drawn by another Belgian comic artist, Franquin.
European comics are more realistic than American comics: we are not so drawn by superheroes. The tailfin is very recognisable as that of the former Belgian national airline Sabena. The youth philately logo has been substituted for Sabena's stylised S. At the time, Natasja was considered a bit too much of "a bit of crumpet," but for the time it is not such a shocking depiction of a young woman.
To start with: there is nothing semi-postal about stamps surcharged for charity. They are ordinary postage stamps. Giving to charity and especially in this manner has been very common in Europe.
This stamp is a strange one as it has a surcharge of CHF 5 that is also the cost of the stamp. La Poste donates the full revenue of the stamp to the Red Cross and another charity that helps those affected by COVID-19. And this is what makes it special, as you only pay the surcharge. La Post picks up the bill for the CHF 1 postage.
Now I found the listing really interesting. It is a 1CHF+5CHF stamp. So 6CHF total for the stamp, right? But then they are selling the pane of 10 for 50CHF instead of 50CHF!
You noted this in your post. So technically, they are sending your mail for free? I wonder how many of them will actually be used to send mail!?!
The postal value is CHF 1. The price is CHF 5. La Poste donates the full 5 CHF to two COVID-19 charities. You do not pay postage, but the stamp pays for postage of CHF 1. It looks like they sell sheetlets of 10 through their website. I would not be surprised if you can buy single stamps from retail outlets. That should cost you just CHF 5, being the charitable surcharge with La Poste bearing the cost of postage.
I wonder if Scott will come up with non-postal stamps now, since the full price is a surcharge.
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2020 13:11:28 GMT -5 by Deleted: "5" in the amount donated by La Poste was missing from post
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