Unusual (shaped, fabric, embroidery, cork, etc) stamps!

Have you stumbled on any unusual stamps lately? Maybe they’re made of a different material, hide a secret somewhere… or maybe they’re just an unusual shape and super cool!

Like this one from Spain, featuring a real net over the stamp:

or this one made of cork, from Portugal:

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If so, please share them in this topic! I love to discover all these philatelic “innovations”! :slight_smile:

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How interesting! I have this one, in silk, and it’s very particular as it has a double use. You may use it as a huge stamp (it measures 14,3cm x 9,2cm) OR you may use it as an envelope, keeping the backside protection and opening one side.


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I have never seen such stamps from unusual materials. But if we speak about shape, Rusmarka has issued several series of triangular stamps and some round/oval stamps.

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Also I once used shaped stamps with Olimpic games symbols. I’ve never seen them since then.

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As far as I know Olympic stamps are only allowed to be sold on the year of the event, after that they all should be taken out (like Olympic Committee rules)

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Last year I received this Austrian fabric / embroidered stamp. When I was young we always went to Austria for summerholidays and we saw many of these typical hats. I don’t collect stamps and give them away to other PCers, but this one I just had to keep for all those good memories :grinning:
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Austria has so many interesting materials stamps! The porcelain one or the coronavirus one, printed on toilet paper. Or with genuine ski coating:
austria-ski-tips-stamp

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AUSTRIA porclain stamp

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AUSTRIA glow in the dark

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BELGIUM colour change by heat. Reveals weather symbols

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RUSSIA - Apple scent

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SOUTH AFRICA - 3D image

No images - will seach them K have others made with sea Salt (I think they were from Slovenia) and lenticular from Finnland and USA

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In 2017 the USPS issued a Total Eclipse stamp. It was heat sensitive, so when you held your thumb over it, the moon appeared. Here are the two views:

More information can be found here:

USPS Eclipse stamp

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Indian post has be releasing stamps with different fragrance for a quiet a while now…

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and a brilliant coffee stamp

and a stamp printed on Khadi

and here’s a link to an article about more such stamps of India

Best regards

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I liked these popsicle stamps issued in 2018, they were scented. After scratching, they smelled like watermelon


frozen treat stamps

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Hi!
Interesting topic. I am a huge fan of these things and have been collecting Odd and Unusual for the last 6 years.

Country wise my collection,

and my favourite one is,

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Small stamps in plus shape for additions from Finland - brilliant idea if you ask me. :smiley:

Austria again - round stamp with shiny foil and 3D structure.

German apple, lemon & strawberry scented stamps:

Dutch stamp (upper left) with flower seeds!!!

German stamp with braille writing (so you can feel it with your fingers!):

Snowflake-shaped stamp from Russia:

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UV visible marks in Chinese stamps

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UV visible marks in Chinese stamps No.2

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UV visible marks in Chinese stamps No.3

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A penpal from Austria sent me this really pretty embroidered stamp. I was floored!

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Last month I received a postcard from Spain with an amazing stamp! Unusual shape. I am delighted!

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What an amazing collection! It’s so great to see what’s all possible :heart_eyes:

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Thanks a lot :smiley:

I remember those!.
A couple of years ago, you could “built” a Nativity scene with the Christmas stamps from Correos.
They were very lovely. And the Baby Jesus stamp, was the smaller stamp ever issued in Spain.

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