I’ve been trying for years to get Australia Post to produce a set of stamps with Australian succulents on them.
Australia Post has a ''Stamp Issue Policy'' with a section on ''How to Suggest Stamp Subjects'' as well as a list of all the criteria required for stamp selection - here »» and happily the theme presented here meets most if not all of the criteria very well. Two points of their criteria possibly may not have been reached in their eyes.
Firstly that the organisation is often overwhelmed with suggestions from the public and secondly that the subject may not ''enjoy popular acclaim'' (while I have no doubt that it does have popular acclaim, I hope to foster this further through a stamp issue e.g. almost every Western Australian wildflower tour catalogue feature these plants on the cover, notably Calandrinia species).
The showcasing of these stamp drafts here (by a leading graphic designer) may make this subject more appealing to Australia Post.
There is a list of Australian plant species already used on stamps, and the year of their issue, listed on www.anbg.gov.au/stamps/index.html
After viewing this, it is apparent that quite a number have been repeated several times over the years and while these showier popular plants definitely deserve this exposure, most on the list represent historically popular ideas.
What a wonderful opportunity for something refreshingly new and different all together.
The above mentioned list did not include the Australian stamps with non- Australian plants such as the ever popular rose which has also been used time and again, and while they have understandable ''popular acclaim'', a lot of our lesser known yet widespread Australian flora needs to be introduced to the Australian public.
Any suggestions or help on how to interest Australia Post in this theme would be greatly appreciated.
(note: you may have to disable popup-blockers to enjoy these images)
Set Nine - click for larger image
Set Ten - click for larger image
Before 2006, I had made other submissions for stamp ideas without success.
Still keen, in 2006 I sent the letter below to the department that designs future stamps, but it was also unsuccessful, and so I'm asking for any suggestions on how to build a more successful submission (my earliest submissions below had ten plant pictures but now I''ve reduced it to the eight above).
GPO Box 1777
Melbourne Vic 3001
My name is Attila Kapitany and I wish to offer an idea for a set of stamps with the theme "Waterwise Succulent Plants".
Points to consider:
- Ten photos of 10 different plants
- All are native plants
- All the states are represented
- Culturally significant i.e. several have been traditionally used as a food source by aboriginal people. One is still harvested today.
- One of the above plants is among the earliest plants to be recorded by Europeans on the continent (by Joseph Banks).
- Some of these plants are common and well known, but most are new to the minds of the Australian public (this therefore offers an opportunity to introduce and educate).
- Succulent plants are becoming increasingly popular and have been on the rise for the past six years. Gardeners recognize and use mostly exotic succulents, and would be surprised that we had any so beautiful in Australia already.
- Succulent plants are low maintenance and are waterwise and in keeping with Government initiatives on water conservation. Australia is the driest continent geographically on earth. These plants that belong and suit our climate are hardly recognized.
- Water is a very big issue in Australia today and receives a lot of media coverage - as with the need to cut back in the garden.
- Introduced (exotic plants) which have escaped cultivation now pose a threat to the natural environment. Recent statistics and government policy is flagging that 65% of all pest weeds in the Australian environment originated as garden escapees. The focus will be to encourage more native plants.
A series of stamps would be most timely which reflect society's current situation and concerns, now and into the future.
This is not to discount the possibility of these stamps standing alone as a wonderful showcase of the greater diversity of the Australian landscape than the public is currently aware of.
If you'd like to know more, please contact me when convenient.
I have enclosed a CD of the ten proposed plant images.
In anticipation of your reply,