Paper: Post office envelope paper
Created: 29 Jan 2010
Two First Edition (FDC) Envelopes with Taxi hand sign stamps and dated cancellor. Taxi hand signs were chosen for the South African National Commemorative Stamp 2010/2011. Launched on 29 Jan 2010 at the Standard Bank Art Gallery.
SERIES: SOUTH AFRICA TAXI HAND SIGNS
THS. Stamps & Envelopes
TAXI HAND SIGN STAMPS FOR SIGHTED AND BLIND PEOPLE 2010
The South African National Commemorative Stamp 2010 with the Taxi hand signs and two First Day Cover (FDC) envelopes, were launched at the Standard Bank Art Gallery on 29 January 2010. The stamps included the taxi hand signs and the equivalent sign for a blind person on each stamp offering readability to blind taxi commuters. The process of thermography was used for the raised surface for the blind signs on the stamps where sand was used as part of this process. In a ceremony held at Filadelfia, a school in Shoshonguwe near Pretoria for blind and physically challenged scholars, sand was collected from the rose garden on the school grounds and was used on the stamp. The thermographic procedure, therefore, ensured that a particular ‘other’ from a little known geographic location could be recorded in history through a simple posting of a letter