Israel—15 February 2000
125th Death Anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen. “The Little Mermaid”
(1.20NIS), “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (1.90NIS) and “The Ugly Duckling”
1473-1475 / 1393-1395 / 1546-1548
- The stamps where issued in Israel to commemorate the 125th
anniversary of the death of Hans Christian Andersen, “The King of Tales.”
They are based on original illustrations to Andersen’s fairy tales, made
by Samuel Katz, an artist member of Kibbutz Evron.
- The 1.20 NIS stamp depicts the Little
Mermaid in love, gazing at the palace, where the prince lives.
- The 1.90 NIS stamp depicts the pair of
crooked tailors dressing the foolish king with the
special garments they had sewn.
- The 2.30 NIS stamp shows the Ugly Duckling
(who some say, is H. C. Andersen) undergoing meticulous scrutiny by
- The First Day Cover is a collage of
characters from Andersen’s Fairy Tales: The Emperor of China, The
foolish king, the soldier, the witch and the dog from the “Tinder
Box,” the Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling, the real and mechanical
- The illustrations first appeared in the book Nine Fairy Tales (in Hebrew: Tesha
Agadot), by Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Shmuel Shnitzer,
illustrated by Shmuel Katz, Sifriat Maariv, Tel Aviv, 1984.
- The special cancellation on the First Day Cover was done in the city
of Bat Yam, literally Daughter of the Sea, or Mermaid.
- Philatelic Data:
- Issue: 15 February 2000
- Artist: Shmuel Katz
- Designer: Ruth Avrahmi
- Stamps Size: 40mm × 30.8mm
- Plate nos.: 400, 401, 402
- Sheet of 15 stamps, Tabs: 5
- Printers: Israel Government Printers
- Method of printing: Offset
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