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South African Stamp and Taxi Artwork Become International Collectors Items

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

Artist Susan Woolf’s Taxi hand sign stamps have been declared 5th most important stamps in the world for 2010. In addition to this award, the artwork and guides for Taxi hand signs have been selected towards the exhibition Talktome at the Moma (Museum of Modern Art), New York. voted the Taxi hand sign stamps amongst the top 10 in the world. The South African Post Office are absolutely thrilled to see that our South African National Commemorative Stamp was selected.

The Talktome exhibition at the Moma is themed around communication between people and objects. The exhibition will open in New York on July 24th 2011.

Woolf’s first Taxi Hand Sign book for sighted and blind people was published in 2007. On 30 September 2009, the landmark book entitled Taxi Hand Signs for the Blind, was launched at Museum Africa as part of Natalie Knight and Nessa Leibhammer’s exhibition on Maria Steyn Lessing. Limited editions of the Braille books reveal Woolfs intellectual and creative forage fashioned in art for everyday utilitarian use. The success of this project has been monumental. Her illustrated drawings of ‘taxi hand sign’ language, that was chosen by the SA Post Office as the theme for the 2010 Commemorative National Stamp was launched on 29 January 2010, at the Standard Bank Art Gallery. Also launched at that event was the next Taxi hand sign booklet, which includes the first taxi destination map in Gauteng.

Susan Woolf is currently completing a cross disciplinary Doctoral thesis in Art and Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Susan Woolf blog and website:


Find Susan Woolf’s Taxi guide and artwork in "Double Entandra" on the Moma site Talktome:

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Attached visuals:

1. 10 Award winning stamps

2. Susan Woolf photo

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