Tribute to Dutch pop music with music stamp series
10 October 2011 at 15:00 CET –
Today, at the Historical Museum of The Hague, PostNL presented the first postage stamp with music. This stamp was issued in honour of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Dutch band Golden Earring. When a smartphone with a special app is held up to the music stamp, Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” plays. This stamp is the first in a series of music stamps with real sound highlighting the greatest pop albums ever released in the Netherlands. PostNL is the first in the world with this concept. Band member and co-founder Rinus Gerritsen accepted the first sheetlet from PostNL Commercial Director Ger Jacobs.
Moontan has been, internationally, Golden Earring’s most successful album. In celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary, PostNL has selected Moontan as the subject of the first stamp in this series. The series has been made possible thanks to the cooperation of various record companies. Each stamp in the series features a different celebrated Dutch pop album, such as “Groeten uit Grollo” (Somebody will know someday) by Cuby & the Blizzards and “Niemand in de stad” (Ik kan het niet alleen) by De Dijk. Each stamp features one song from the highlighted album which can be “played” on a smartphone using a special app or audio pen. The app can be downloaded at www.postnl.nl/apps.
The Moontan stamp sheetlet, which comes with a free protective cover, is available at PostNL in-shop post offices and Bruna outlets, and via www.collectclub.nl and www.postnl.nl/popalbum. The stamps are valid until further notice.
Annually PostNL processes 8.8 billion addressed postal items (including 100 million parcels) and delivers to more than 88 million addresses in the Benelux, Germany, the UK and Italy. PostNL’s main business is mail, parcels and e-commerce. The company also provides services in the area of data and document management, direct marketing and fulfilment. PostNL employs some 77,000 people. In 2010 the company generated a turnover of nearly 4.3 billion euros. More information about PostNL can be found on its website www.postnl.com.