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Handle with Care

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Most stamps are ink on paper, but Austria has now issued a GLASS stamp.


Well, not quite that kind of glass, and probably not as fragile. But it does come in a
special presentation box that not only displays it but protects it.

According to Linnís Stamp News, it represents the reverse-glass tradition of Upper
Austria, and depicts a cross and the Virgin Mary. The design was silk-screened on glass
by a company in Vienna.

Several countries have produced stamps from unusual materials or with special
featuresÖ such as fabric,  foil or fragrancesÖ and Austria is a leader in issuing
innovative stamps.

Like many of these stamps, Austriaís glass stamp isnít really intended for mail, so
you probably wonít see it on a letter, and costs more than a regular postage stamp: A
little over seven dollars U-S.

So donít drop it!

Iím Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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