Appreciation of Printing: Stamps, an Inherited Love
Foreign countries have been using Quick Response (QR) codes or variations of them for nearly four years on their postage stamps in an effort to provide collectors with an added tinge of fun, excitement and technology. According to Linn's Stamp News, the country of Liberia recently released a pane of stamps on the subject of chocolate. Not only are the stamps chocolate brown in color, they also smell of cocoa. The pane includes a QR code that takes readers to a document on how chocolate is made.
Switzerland was the first country to use QR code technology on stamps, according to Linn's. It utilized a BeeTagg code developed by a Swiss technology firm.
And, earlier this year, The Netherlands became the first country to incorporate Augmented Reality (AR) in a stamp. The 12-stamp pane celebrates Dutch architecture, and one stamp, when AR enabled, shows a small car circling the block around a building.
While the postage stamp and its hobby are approaching the 175th anniversary, and the postal stream continues to dwindle as electronic mail erodes much of its volume, the stamp doesn't appear to be in danger of going away anytime soon. It's just another testament to the power of print. PI