Postal uniforms stamp set from MaltaPost featuring `Peppi Pustier’
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This coming Wednesday, MaltaPost will be issuing a set of four stamps showing its corporate mascot `Peppi Pustier,’ dressed in uniforms worn by the ‘posties’ of the Maltese Islands over the years.
The style-change of these uniforms, which over the years were intended to adapt to fashion trends and social developments, are highlighted in these stamps.
Peppi Pustier in an early 1900s uniform, is depicted on the €2.00 stamp. It consists of a single breasted felt jacket with front patch pockets having the Queen Victoria crown embossed on the buttons and the postman’s personalised number on the collar.
The €1.00 stamp depicts Peppi Pustier in the 1980’s uniform wearing a light blue shirt, V-neck jersey, a tie bearing the postal horn logo and a crash helmet with ‘Posta’ written across the forehead.
In the early 2000s, the postal services launched the first logo as ‘MaltaPost’ and this is shown on the €0.59 stamp – the uniform was yellow and blue and matched the company’s branding.
On the €0.26 stamp, the uniform matches today’s corporate branding colours and consists of casual grey trousers and a polo shirt, complemented by a fleece jacket for winter wear. MaltaPost said that this new uniform adopts modern textiles ensuring comfort, practicality and professionalism.
The stamps will be issued in sheets of 10 stamps. Each stamp measures 35mm x 35mm, and has a perforation of 13.75x 13.75 (comb.) bearing the Maltese Crosses watermark. The sheetlets measure 98mm x 203mm.
The stamps were produced by Printex Ltd in the offset process and the issue consists of 2,000,000 of the €0.26 stamp, 300,000 of the €0.59 stamp, 90,000 of the €1.00 stamp and 90,000 of the €2.00 stamp.
They will be available from all Post Offices in Gozo and Malta as from this coming Wednesday, the 31st of May.
Orders for the stamp set may be placed online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Peppi Pustier soft toy and other Peppi Pustier merchandise are available from the Malta Postal Museum situated at 135, Archbishop Street, Valletta or online at www.maltapostalmuseum.com