The origin of toys dates back to prehistoric times, in fact dolls representing infants, animals, and soldiers, as well as copies of tools used by adults are often found at archaeological sites.
The theme for the 2015 Europa stamp issue is ‘Old Toys’ and when considering how best to portray this subject through a series of stamps, we decided to focus on toys of the British Royal Family.
Working with talented illustrator Robin Carter, we have produced a beautiful stamp series featuring some much-loved toys of Royal children through the decades - it includes some remarkable small dolls Princess Victoria made before becoming Queen.
EUROPA stamps are amongst the most collected and popular stamps in the world. They are specially issued by European postal administrations/enterprises under the aegis of PostEurop in which Europe is its central theme. EUROPA stamps represent cooperation amongst postal operators and promote philately. They exist to build awareness of the common roots, culture and history of Europe and its common goals.
PostEurop is proud to present the best of the EUROPA Stamp Design Competition. This year's EUROPA theme "Old Toys" takes us on a trip down memory lane.
View and Vote for Your Favourite EUROPA Stamp Today
We invite you to view all the beautiful entries and vote for your favourite stamp on www.posteurop.org/europa2015.
The online competition will end on 31 August 2015 and the winning stamps will be announced at the PostEurop Plenary Assembly to be held on 14 October 2015 in Cyprus.