Teapot of Truth – Michael Leunig – Australia Post Prestige Booklet – 1998
Michael Leunig is Australia’s favourite cartoonist.
This Prestige Collection booklet of 24 pages draws together some of his poems, prayers and general observations on life.
In total there are five different Leunig stamps set in panes, one postage paid postcard and a leaf set of stickers.
Throughout you can enjoy the illustrations depicting the characters and symbolistic forms that make Leunig’s artwork so endearing to most Australians and to a great many overseas.
Gettting increasingly difficult to find and undoubtably one of the best Prestige Booklets released by Australia Post in the last 20 years.
Messages of peace, love and hope abound.
Designer: S. Harman, Australia Post Graphic Design
Illustrator: Michael Leunig
Printer: SNP Cambec
This issue is based on the children’s book “The Teapot of Truth” by Michael Leunig.
The 45c stamps were released in Blocks of four, the $1 in Vertical pairs & the $1.20 in Gutter pairs, all the stamps were released in this Prestige Booklet.
Issued 13 August with Perforations
45c Angel, perforation 13.86 x14.6;
45c Love, perforation 13.86 x 14.6
45c Cup of Tea, perforation 13.86 x 14.6
$1 Mother & Child, perforation 14 x 14.4
$1.20 My Big Toe, perforation 14 x 14.4
Michael Leunig (born 2 June 1945), often referred to as Leunig, is an Australian cartoonist. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999. Leunig, a fifth generation Australian, was born in East Melbourne, Victoria, grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and went to Maribyrnong High School before entering an arts degree at Monash University. His first cartoons appeared in the Monash Universitystudent 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. After university Leunig enrolled at the Swinburne Film and Television School and then began his cartoon career. He has noted that he was at first interested in making documentaries. In the early 1970s his work appeared in the satirical magazine Nation Review, Woman’s Day, London’s Oz magazine and also various newspapers of that era. The main outlet for Leunig’s work has been the daily Fairfax press, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne) newspapers published in Australia. 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. Leunig’s drawings are done with a sparse, quavering line, usually in black and white with ink wash, the human characters always drawn with exaggerated features. This style served him well in his early years when he gained a loyal following for his quirky take on social issues. He also made increasingly frequent forays into a personal fantasy world of whimsy, featuring small figures with teapots balanced on their heads, grotesquely curled hair and many ducks.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only