Stamp set, framed, including stamp packs, maximum cards and first day covers, Paralympic Games, Sydney, 2000, aluminium, glass, paper, designed by FHA Image Design, Melbourne for Australia Post, made by Australia Post, presented to SPOC on first day of issue, 3 July 2000
The complete series of Paralympic Games stamps and stamp products is included in this framed presentation set that Australia Post gave to the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee 3 July 2000 - the first day of issue. Importantly, the set illustrates the official colour palette and graphic designs for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games - orange, gold, dark green, lime green, purple and blue coupled with tinted photographs of Paralympic athletes. This item complements a second framed set of Paralympic Games stamps (2001/84/365), as well as other Paralympic Games material in the Sydney 2000 Games Collection.
In a profitable agreement with the International Olympic Committee, Universal Parcel Service (UPS) gained worldwide sponsorship of freight and mail for the Olympic Games until 2004. Ultimately, this contract would restrict Australia Post in its production and issue of stamps and other postal products for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Nonetheless, both UPS and Australia Post provided retail outlets at the Sydney Olympic Village, and Australia Post hand delivered mail to all village occupants.
In addition to this retail outlet, Australia Post operated a 'P-Stamp' (Personalised Stamp) booth at Olympic Village, and sold stamps with photographic portraits of Olympic spectators. Using Fuji Xerox technology, it also manufactured 'instant stamps' with photographs of Australian gold-medallists in the moments after their victories. These sold on the days proceeding Australian gold-medal presentations.
The production of stamps and postal products was less restricted for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, allowing Australian Post to become an official sponsor. It released two series of commemorative stamps and stamp products as well as sheets of P-Stamps depicting individual members of the Australian Paralympic team. The stamps retailed at face value until December 2000, and each team member received twenty sheets for personal use, fan mail or fundraising.
On 3 July 2000, Australia Post released its series of stamps and stamp products commemorating the Paralympic Games. These items included three maximum cards valued at 49 cents, two maximum cards valued at 45 cents, a first day cover, and a stamp folder containing ten large letter stamps. They were designed by FHA Image Design of Melbourne.
Designed by FHA Image Design, Melbourne for Australia Post
Made by Australia Post, framed by Mahoney's of Melbourne
Australia Post presented the framed set of stamps and stamp products to SPOC on 3 July 2000 to commemorate the first day of issue of Paralympic stamps.
Presented to SPOC by Australia Post on 3 July 2000. Donated to the Powerhouse Museum after the Games.