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01 November 2004
19/2004
Commemorative Issue

Christmas 2004

Australia
Since the first Christmas stamps were issued in Australia in 1957 there have been many different interpretations of the traditional Christmas story. This year, the Christmas stamps were designed by graphic designer Jeanette Fallon whose designs convey the joy of Christmas.

The familiar symbols and characters of the Nativity are the central elements of each design. These elements are combined with symbols reminiscent of Christmas decorations reminding us that the common themes of the secular and religious observances during the holiday season are celebration, joy. happiness, love, caring and living in harmony.

The designs are deliberately intricate and detailed. Surfaces are ornamented and embellished. The use of gold alludes to the richness of religious icons; the depth of colour captures the richness of Christmas baubles.

Each stamp glitters like a precious treasure to mark Christmas 2004.

Three wise men  

Three wise men

Mary and the baby Jesus  

Mary and the baby Jesus

The angel appears to the shepherds  

The angel appears to the shepherds

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 1 November 2004
Denomination .................... One each 45c, 50c, $1.00
Designer ........................ Jeanette Fallon
Stamp size/Perforations:
45c, 50c ....................... 26 x 37.5 mm / 14.6 x 13.86
$1.00 ....................... 37.5 x 26 mm / 13.86 x 14.6
Printer.......................... SNP Sprint
Paper............................ Tullis Russell/B100
Printing process................. Lithography
Sheet layout..................... Modules of 50
National postmark ............... Christmas Hills VIC 3775
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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