2005-01-10

Ten letters with onions

One of the happier bureaucratic customs is the postal service's use of stamps to commemorate great individuals, historical moments, places and other cultural icons. There was a time when I would not send a letter without an Otis Redding stamp. But our friend Milena is kind enough to send along a picture of this Bosnian stamp, celebrating a darn good culinary product:

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Other countries should follow suit.

Update: Have a look at the comments, Mr Teekay suspects that the photo may be a hoax. If it is, the postal service would be wise to embrace it.

Update2: Counselor Skelly has evidence that the stamp is real, he provides a link in the comments.

5 comments:

coturnix said...

Ide mi voda na usta!

Mat Savelli said...

Is there an equivalent for Banja Luka's square variation on Cevapi? In any case, hold the kajmak.

T K Vogel said...

Eric, I can't shake the suspicion that this is a hoax -- if a rather elaborate and, indeed, credible one. Consultations with Milena failed to illuminate the matter but I promise to investigate further.

Skelly said...

I vote for Not a Hoax. Look here: http://www.bhp.ba/en/filatelija/postanske_marke/2002.html
If you're a collector, you can buy your own cevap stamp for $28.06 US. http://www.collectorstarget.com/bosfed02.html
They were available as a Gastronomy issue in 2002 in post offices in the Federation; I'm guessing that stamps depicting square cevap might have been for sale in the RS.

Eric Gordy said...

Wow, good philately! After a look at the page, though, I think that instead of getting the stamps for $28 I'll get the cevapi for $2, and go for the Davorin Popovic stamp.