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Manroland-printed stamp set for world record

Offset litho printing press producer Manroland Sheetfed could soon find itself listed alongside record breakers from around the world after one of its presses was used to print a unique stamp

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The stamp is vying for the world record of a ‘Stamp Having the Most Readable Words’

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, bpost released a new stamp that feature the image of a young lady depicted in no less than 606 words taken. 

A Guinness World Records adjudicator judged the stamp and, although confirmation is yet to be received, both bpost and Manroland remain hopeful of appearing in the famous book.

The stamp was printed on a Roland 704 3B P 2/2 four-colour press, which has been in place at bpost since 2000. 

A total of 108,000 sheets of the stamp were printed, with five stamps on each sheet.

An adjudicator sent by Guinness World Records counted the number of valid words, and he did so with an iron fist as incomplete words and words that were too short were dropped

Pierre Leempoel, manager stamps production at bpost Belgium, explains: “For the design we called in the designer Ann Bessemans; she used a special technique of a combination of gridded letters for the lady’s face and a digital microtext for the background.

“An adjudicator sent by Guinness World Records counted the number of valid words, and he did so with an iron fist as incomplete words and words that were too short were dropped. 

“However, we lay hold on the world record of a ‘Stamp Having the Most Readable Words’. 

“We actually do not yet know if we will figure in the famous book: only a happy few survive the selection.” 


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