Friday, September 10, 2010

L'shana Tova

The Israeli post offices have been selling New Years cards for years now. I have never seen them listed in any of the catalogs, and I am pretty sure there was no reason to list them. after all, they are similar to Hallmark greeting cards, and would need to have a stamp added to them in order to be mailed. However, this year it appears things are different. The scan here shows one of the five envelopes included in this years New Years cards being sold at the post office. The imprint at the upper right is the postage. Does this make the envelope postal stationary? The five cards included in the package are all different, but the envelopes are identical. Apparently, they were issued (not sure that is the correct term for these) on July 1st. I was able to pick up a package of 5 from one of the people I buy stamps from in Israel, and he was kind enough to provide me with one of them with a first day cancel as well. As far as I can tell, these aren't listed in the bulletin from Israel post listing new issues (while other postal stationary is). What do you think?


Anonymous said...

The indicia is similar to a stationery item issued in May. I note that there is no value on the indicia.
I might consider this as a stationery item much like the entires that were sold at the post offices. These did not have a formal first day of issue and had an area where one would put the stamp. The agency did not send these out either.
Sid Morginstin

howard rotterdam said...

L'Shana Tovz

It certainly should be listed as a postal stationary piece. Not the inserts. Just the envelopes.


I've been collecting New Year's Greetings from the Postal Authority for years. They are beautiful and inexpensive.

Mark Goldsmith said...

You can still purchase this from the Israel Post website, but only on the Hebrew version. If you attempt to purchase it on the English version of the site, it says that this item is no longer available. You do not get that message on the Hebrew version of the site. I ordered it two weeks ago and it arrived today.

If you are not facile with Hebrew, then use Google Chrome as your browser and it will translate the Hebrew on each webpage to English.