This year the town of Dinant, and more particularly the ‘Association Internationale A. Sax”, celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the saxophone with a host of events.
To raise awareness of the anniversary the mayor of Dinant, Richard Fournaux, asked bpost to consider issuing a stamp featuring Adolphe Sax and the saxophone. bpost management agreed to include it in the 2014 stamp collection.
bpost’s Stamps & Philately design unit then worked on a concept for a sheetlet with two stamps. This design revolves around two photos taken by Dinant photographer Jacky Lepage, who was a passionate jazz fan. The young designer Elisabeth Drielsma reworked the photos for the stamp, overseen by the photographer and advised by bpost, and designed the sheetlet.
One of the stamps was then given a special finish at Stamps Production Belgium in Mechelen.
The saxophone on the stamp at the top is printed in relief, with the use of foil to give the image a rainbow effect.
This remarkable stamp issue is a shimmering homage to Adolphe Sax’s brilliant invention and the jazz music it is so vividly associated with.
The sheetlet goes on sale on 7 July 2014.
An advance sale will be hosted by the Dinant stamp club on 5 July 2014 at the “Hotel de ville” of Dinant.
The sheetlet will be available at Philaboutiques in Brussels and Mechelen:
- De Brouckère Post Office, Anspachlaan 1, 1000 Brussels
- bpost, Egide Walschaertsstraat 1b, 2800 Mechelen