Nostalgic Advertisements

Release date: 19 August 2014

These 20th century advertisements recall a bygone era of both poster design and Australian manufacturing.

The Stamps

70c Philip Island
The engaging Little Penguin promoting the attractions of Phillip Island in Victoria was illustrated by J. Miller Marshall in the 1930s. It was one of many commissioned by Victorian Railways from the best commercial artists of the day.

70c Harper’s Empire Self-Raising Flour
Harper’s Empire flour, made by Robert Harper & Co., was a popular household brand throughout the country in the 1920s and 1930s, with factories in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Fremantle.

70c Fly TAA the Friendly Way
Perhaps the most famous of all Australian posters, this striking c. 1954 Trans Australian Airways (TAA) advertisement featured model Nola Ray.

70c Jacko Shoe Shine
The kookaburra, commonly called the jackass, was the emblem of the Melbourne-based Jacko Polish Company, for which artist James Northfield designed this poster in the 1930s.

70c Swallow & Ariell’s Teddy Bear
The label from Port Melbourne manufacturer Swallow & Ariell was made in the 1940s for the front of a grocer’s dispensing tin containing teddy bear biscuits.

Technical Details

  • Issue date

    19 August 2014
  • FDI withdrawal

    17 Sept 2014
  • Denomination

    5 x 70c (se-tenant)
  • Stamp design

    Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell
  • Printer (gummed)

    McKellar Renown
  • Paper self-adhesive

  • Printer self-adhesive

    McKellar Renown
  • Paper (rolls)

  • Printer (rolls)

  • Printing process

  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size

    170mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    14.60 x 13.86
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50 Printed gutter with design
  • National postmark

    Port Melbourne, Vic 3207
  • Issue withdrawal date

    28 February 2015


Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio

Additional Products

  • Minisheet
  • Blank cover
  • First day cover (gummed)
  • First day cover (minisheet)
  • First day cover (s/a)
  • Stamp pack
  • Special sheetlet pack
  • Maxicards (5)
  • Roll (100 x 70c)
  • Collector pack
  • Strip of 5 (s/a)
  • Gutter (10 x 70c) design

*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.