Overview

While Anzac Day stamp issues typically reflects themes of military participation and commemoration, this year the focus is on ephemera, specifically postcards.

World War I (1914–18) coincided with the last years of what was known as the “golden era” of postcards, and the outbreak of war immensely expanded the postcard market. Postcards facilitated a connection between family and those serving on the front. The visuals and written phrases on the cards were often patriotic and nationalistic in nature, though many were also sentimental, which, when combined with the words of the writer, sent much-needed messages of love, longing and encouragement during times of painful separation.

The postcards shown on this year’s stamps represent the military divisions through naval, infantry and air service hats worn by the iconic Laughing Kookaburra. The cards, produced by Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. in Australia, are held in the Shirley Jones Collection of Military Postcards, State Library Victoria. While these postcard designs can be seen as patriotic and good humoured, they also conveyed the sadness and uncertainty felt by those whose loved ones were serving their country half way across the world and in perilous circumstances.

Technical specifications

Issue date
12 April 2022
Issue withdrawal date
31 October 2022
Denomination
$1.10 x 3
Stamp design
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos.
Paper: self-adhesive
Securepost C Print
Printer
RA
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm)
170 x 80
Perforations
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI Postmark
Canberra ACT 2601
FDI withdrawal date
11 May 2022

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 - Naval kookaburra postcard

This postcard features the Laughing Kookaburra in a naval hat. The postcard heading states, “To the Absent One with Loving Wishes from Home”, with a verse that is filled with hopefulness and pride: “Australia’s optimistic bird, Sends to you a loving word, For every sailor holds the key, which makes us rulers of the Sea”.

$1.10 - Army kookaburra postcard

This army-themed postcard, patriotically titled “To my Comrade O’er the Sea”, sends a message filled with hope for a swift reunification: “I give my laughter plenty scope, For my heart is full of hope, But I’ll double my refrain, When I see you home again”.

$1.10 - Air Force kookaburra postcard

This kookaburra is pictured wearing an Air Force hat and is sending a message of encouragement from parent to son, titled: “Sincerest Wishes from Australia to my Dear Boy on Active Service”. The card states, “I watch your aeroplane arise, Swiftly to the bright blue skies, And laugh that I may let you know, I wish you well, where-e’er you go”.

Shop our stamp collectables

Set of stamps:

Set of Postcards to the Front Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains all three stamps from the Postcards to the Front stamp issue.

Stamp pack:

Postcards to the Front Stamp Pack

The Postcards to the Front stamp pack contains all three stamps and minisheet from the stamp issue presented in a high-quality folder.

Minisheet:

Postcards to the Front Minisheet

The Postcards to the Front minisheet consists of the three stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Maxicard set:

Set of Postcards to the Front Maxicards

This maxicard set contains the three maxicards from the Postcards to the Front stamp issue.

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