Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year

A snowy calendar celebrates New Year and wishes the world a Happy New Year.  In 1963 the Hungarian post issued a set of New Year stamps for the Postal and Philatelic Museum Fund.
There were six stamps in the set with piglets, pierrot, four leaved clovers, horseshoes and in fact anything that might bring good luck for the coming year. This one features a young chimney sweep wearing the traditional costume, a wire brush over his shoulder and raising a glass to toast good health while carrying his four leaf clover. Touching a chimney sweeps button is believed to guarantee good fortune but the presence alone at New Year brings good luck.  They are thin on the ground nowadays so maybe it is a case of first find your chimney sweep.   Wishing you all  health, wealth and happiness in the New Year.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps New Year theme.

9 comments:

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

So there really are stamps for New Year! They are a great series.

A very happy 2012 to you!

Lisa B said...

Great New Year's stamps! Happy New Year to you!

Bob Scotney said...

Happy New Year, Joy. Fine New Year stamps.

viridian said...

Hello from they gloomy and rainy Midwest. You have found some great stamps here, love them. thank you for participating.

9teen87 said...

Great stamps!!

Happy New Year :D

Marcie said...

Lovely stamps! Happy New Year!

Postcardy said...

Those are nice stamps. I like the way they used 4 different languages in the border.

VioletSky said...

Neat stamps!
I was watching Mary Poppins last night, but didn't know about the chimney sweep and good luck, or I'd have touched Dick Van Dyke's buttons through the tv screen!

PaperSponge.com said...

Great stamps. Both illustration styles/layouts are fun to view. Thanks for sharing!