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School kids give the thumbs up to An Post's new 'SENSEational' stamps

David Kearns

Published 10/09/2015 | 13:45

Stamp collectors rejoice, An Post has launched a new range of ‘SENSEational’ stamps to delight the five senses.

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On sale from today, the new ‘senses’ stamps boast some fairly impressive technology, something An Post said is in keeping with the innovation that “is at the heart of mail and retail businesses in Ireland these days.”

“We like to innovate wherever possible so we’ve added a new technical dimension to our stamps, such as the novelty of being able to taste, smell, hear, and see though them – even change the colour with a simple touch,” said Donal Connell, An Post Chief Executive.

Putting the new stamps to the test, schoolchildren from Central Model Primary School in Marlborough Street in Dublin City were first to get a hands-on demonstration.

Accompanying teacher Clare Owens, Aliyah Flood (10), Mary Stokes (10), Tia Fitzgerald (10), Tamzin Kelly (9), and Stefan Perju (9) were all given the chance to give their opinion of the new stamps.

Tamzin Kelly (9) giving An Post's new strawberry-flavour stamp the taste test
Tamzin Kelly (9) giving An Post's new strawberry-flavour stamp the taste test

Getting the thumbs up all-round was the new 70c stamp celebrating ‘Taste’ – it features an adhesive that mimics strawberry-flavour gum.

Next up was the €1.05 ‘Touch’ stamp, that changes colour when touched thanks to its thermochromics ink.

Also catching the schoolchildren’s eye, and ear, was the transparent €1.25 stamp representing ‘Sight’ and €1.70 ‘Hearing’ stamp, which produces a sound when rubbed due to particles embedded in its designed.

But the real winner as An Post’s €2.80 offering, a new stamp a mint fragrance to celebrate ‘Smell’.

Stefan Perju (9), Aliyah Flood (10), Tia Fitzgerald (10), Mary Stokes (10), and Tamzin Kelly (9)
Stefan Perju (9), Aliyah Flood (10), Tia Fitzgerald (10), Mary Stokes (10), and Tamzin Kelly (9)

“This one was my favourite,” said Tia Fitzgerald (10). “I love the smell of it. I’d always lick this one from my mum if she got this one.”

“Me too,” added Mary Stokes (10).

Designed by Dublin company Zinc Design, the new stamps can also be scanned by a smartphone to access an Augmented Reality video about the five senses stamp.

Now available, the stamps can be purchased as individual sheets of 16 or on a ‘First Day Cover’ envelope from main post offices, the GPO and online at irishstamps.ie.

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