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  1. Gimmicky stamps made by the world’s postal authorities for fun and PROFIT. The World’s MostUnusual Stamps Ralph B. Dinwiddie

  2. “Gimmick Stamps” are designed to be collected by stamp collectors and the general public • Unusual shapes • Circles, ovals, Polygons, and die cuts • Unusual Effects • Brail, Scents, Molded Plastic, Glow in the Dark • 3D and video clips • Unusual additions • Seeds, meteorite dust, Tennis court clay and crystals • Unusual Materials • Silk, wood, metal • Unusual Media • CDs and DVDs • Personalized Photo Stamps

  3. Unusual shapes (Perforations) Andorra Scott 628 September 1, 2007 New Zealand Scott 1161 Lichtenstein 2007 Scott 1380 USA 2000 Scott 3410 France Givenchy

  4. Unusual shapes (Die Cut) Tonga April 21, 1969 Scott 222 Tonga September 30, 1972 Scott 306 Tonga December 1971 Scott C106 Sierra Leone February 10, 1964 Scott C20 Sierra Leone February 10, 1964 Scott 257

  5. Unusual Effects (Braille) Cyprus March 12, 2009 Other Countries… Algeria Aruba (2) 2009 Belarus Brazil Canada Hungary India Moldova Poland Syria 2008 Vatican City France 2009 Andorra 2009 Scott 647

  6. Unusual Effects (Scents) Brazil 1999 Scott 2717 Recycled Burnt Wood Scent India December 18 2006 Scott 2179a Sandalwood Scent French Polynesia 2007 Coconut Scented Scott 948 India 2008 Jasmine Scent

  7. Unusual Effects (Scents) -continued Switzerland May 9 2001 Scott 1100a Chocolate scent

  8. Unusual Effects (Molded Plastic) Bhutan April 17, 1972 Scott 145f Plastic Heat Molded

  9. Unusual Effects (Glow in the Dark) Finland September 10, 2003 Scott 1197

  10. Unusual Effects (3D) Austria August 2008 Lenticular Stamp Bhutan October 30, 1967 Scott 91o

  11. Unusual Effects (Holograms)

  12. Unusual Effects (Video Clips) Finland January 2008 Lenticular Stamp lenticular technology.A special method processes the individual images of the film, which lasts about three seconds (and shows the entire goal scene) and stores them in one single picture using lenticular technology. By moving the photo manually, the impression is created of a continuous action. The result is also known as a motion-image picture. What is truly new in international philately is the reproduction of an entire film - never seen before on a stamp.

  13. Unusual Effects (Video Clips) Canada, 2009 Lenticular Stamps Austria 5 May 5, 2008 Lenticular Stamp

  14. Unusual Effects (Video Clips) Netherlands 2006 Lenticular Stamps FRANCE 2007 RUGBY WORLD CUP LENTICULAR STAMP 

  15. Unusual Effects (Video Clips) Australia, March 6 2007. Lenticular Stamps

  16. Unusual additions (Beads & Crystals) Austria, Crystals Affixed September 20 2004 Scott 1966 Singapore Beads Affixed by Hand April 8, 2008

  17. Unusual additions (Rocks & Minerals) Austria, March 24 2006 Meteorite Particles Scott 2042 Russia, February 19 2003 Embossed Foil Application and with clay particles Scott 6751 Gibraltar, 2002 with granite particles Scott 917d

  18. Unusual additions (Seeds) Close-up Of seeds Netherlands May 1, 2007 Seeds on Stamps. Scott 1290

  19. Unusual Materials (Silk) Granada, June 1 1971 Printed on Silk Scott 408a Italy, 2002 Printed on Silk Scott 2435 Poland, December 12 1958 Printed on Silk Scott 830

  20. Unusual Materials (Plastic) USA Printed on Plastic Scott 2475 USA Printed on Plastic Scott 2522 Austria, 2008 Soccar Ball Material Scott 2146

  21. Unusual Materials (Wood) Djibouti October 7,1983 Scott C187 Djibouti January 27, 1985 Scott 593a Switzerland, September 7 2004 Silk Screened on Wood Scott 1188 Portugal On Cork

  22. Unusual Materials (Foil) Tonga October 19, 1964 Scott 136-9 Tonga July 15, 1963 Scott 128-33 Tonga October 19, 1964 Scott C7-10

  23. Unusual Materials (Metals) Netherlands September 25 2001 Etched on Silver Scott 1082 Vatican City Silver stamp Bhutan, December 17, 1996 22Kt Gold foil Scott 1135 France December 31, 2008, Silver stamp Bhutan June 2, 1969 Scott 103H-K On Steel Foil Russia, Printed on Aluminum Foil April 12, 1965. Scott 3022-23 Bright Rose is florescent.

  24. Unusual Materials (Embroidery) Austria, July 19, 2005 Scott 2019 Granada, 2003. Scott 3353 Teddy Bear Felt Switzerland, June 21 2000 Scott 1075

  25. Unusual Media (Records) Bhutan April 15, 1973 Record Stamps Scott 152-F

  26. Unusual Media (CDs) Bhutan 2008 CD Stamps

  27. Unusual Media (DVDs) North Korea First DVD Stamps Octagon Shaped

  28. Personalized Photo Stamps

  29. The End? • Surely not! • Keep your eyes open for unusual stamps. • Watch for stamps of unusual shapes, interesting smells, added materials, special materials, 3D, video, audio, CDs, DVDs, etc. • Who knows what the next “FIRST” will be in unusual postage stamps? • Perhaps the first “Blu-Ray” stamp, the first USB stamp or the first Gift Card Stamp will be issued before you know it.