France win Mediterranean stamp award


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28 December 2019
The Postal Union for the Mediterranean has revealed the winner of its first international contest for the best stamp on the 2019 theme of 'Traditional Mediterranean Costumes'.

Over 8,000 public votes were registered from 84 countries between July and October 2019, and the Postal Union for the Mediterranean has now revealed that the winning stamp is France's 'Le Costume de l’Arlésienne'. The stamp was designed by Sabine Forget.

A Lebanese stamp on 'Emir of the 19th century, wearing a Tarboush' came second, and third was the Croatian stamp 'Narodna
nošja sa Suska'.

To illustrate the theme, France's La Poste worked with the Art and History Museum of Provence (M.A.H.P.) and the 'Museon Arlaten' of Arles which own an extensive collection of Provence outfits.

Other countries to take part in the 'Traditional Mediterranean Costumes' theme for 2019 were: 

  • Algeria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Greece
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • Tunisia

The themes for 2020 and 2021 are 'Traditional Gastronomy in the Mediterranean' and 'Handicraft Jewelry in the Mediterranean', respectively.

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The competition also awarded three lucky voters a prize of €500 each. The winners were Christelle C. from France, Jad H from Lebanon and Khaled A. from Lebanon.

The PUMed community counts now 21 active members working all together fostering partnerships in different postal related sectors. Find out more at the Postal Union for the Mediterranean website.

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