Teapot of Truth – Michael Leunig – First Day Cover – 1998 – Rare Offer ANDA Postmark
This first day cover was released as part of the ANDA (Australian Numismatics Dealers Association) Exhibition in Adelaide 1998.
Each envelope bears a hallmark post mark in the same design as the stamp issue. This is a unique philatelics offer.
The full set of 5 stamps as seen in the original Prestige Booklet are on the cover. Very seldom seen and extremely difficult to acquire. with this postmark.
Stamp collectors and Leunig fans should be highly enthused. The envelope is in mint condition and is a highly collectible item.
Your chance to acquire a seldom offered FDC. Repeated searches on Google over a long period have failed to turn up a similar FDC.
Renowned cartoonist Michael Leunig is undoubtedly one of Australia’s endearing favorites. He is one of the very few Australians to be honored with the “National Trust Living Treasure” accolade in 1999. Celebrating Leunig’s fantastic power of capturing the essences of humanity, peace, love and hope, this envelope is one of five in a series honoring his foresight and uniquely Australian passion. Australian Post Office began in 1970 to produce first day covers featuring distinctive designs for each new stamp issue and with the stamps cancelled by special ‘first day of issue’ postmarks. These official first day covers form a sizeable and very attractive collection for Australian stamp collectors. First day covers are reasonably common however not so with this offer. These official ANDA release First Day Covers are now becoming very scarce indeed. A philatelic delight from the Leunig Collectible Stamps issue.
Leunig, a fifth generation Australian, was born in East Melbourne, grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray where he went to Footscray North Primary School. When time came for him to go to high school, he first had to attend classes held at the nearby Royal Melbourne Showgrounds as his school, Maribyrnong High School, hadn’t been finished yet. He failed his final year examinations, twice.
After working as a labourer in an abattoir, Leunig enrolled at the Swinburne Film and Television School, where he was at first interested in making documentaries. He then began his cartoon career: his first cartoons appeared in the Monash University student newspaper Lot’s Wife, in the late 1960s. He was conscripted in the Vietnam War call-up, but he registered as a conscientious objector; in the event, he was rejected on health grounds when it was revealed that he was deaf in one ear.
In the early 1970s his work appeared in the radical/satirical magazines Nation Review, The Digger, and London’s Oz magazine as well as mainstream publications including Newsday, and Woman’s Day.
The main outlet for Leunig’s work has been the daily Fairfax press, Melbourne’s The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. In recent years he has focused mainly on political commentary, sometimes substituting his simple drawings with reproduced photographic images with speech balloons attached. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has also provided airtime to Leunig to discuss his views on a range of political and philosophical issues.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only