The Croatian postal service (Hrvatska Pošta) has issued three new commemorative postage stamps in the Famous Croats series, valid for payment of postal services in domestic and international postal traffic. In these commemorative stamps Hrvatska Pošta says it is featuring people that have had a major impact on Croatian history, art, science and literature.
On the 21st of April Hrvatska Pošta, the Croatian postal service, issued three new commemorative postage stamps in the Famous Croats series, valid for payment of postal services in domestic and international postal traffic. On these commemorative stamps Hrvatska Pošta says it is featuring people that have had a major impact on Croatian history, art, science and literature. The Famous Croats series postage stamps are created by Zagreb-based designer Dubravka Zglavnik-Horvat. The commemorative stamps are printed in runs of 100 thousand per motif and issued in sheetlets of twenty stamps with the nominal value of each stamp set at HRK 3.10. Hrvatska Pošta has also issued a First Day Cover (FDC), with the first day frank to be in use on the 21st and 22nd of April of this year at Postal Office 10101 Zagreb, No. 13 Jurišićeva. Featured on the stamps are Luka Sorkočević, Josip Juraj Strossmayer and Ivan Supek.
Luka Sorkočević (1734 – 1789) was a composer and the most distinguished Croatian representative of the pre-classical period in music. He was schooled at the Jesuits’ Institute where he probably also received his first musical education. In the period between 1756 and 1763 he likely studied in Rome. In 1781 he became a delegate at the court in Vienna where he met many leading figures, including Joseph Haydn. His musical legacy was saved from oblivion in the second half of the 20th century. Luka Sorkočević’s oeuvre, while not extensive in size, includes the first Croatian symphonies. Sorkočević was a musical amateur, but his talent enabled him to considerably exceed a limited musical education.
Josip Juraj Strossmayer (1815 – 1905) was a member of the Catholic clergy and a cultural and political activist, collector and the founder of a number of institutions. As a young Catholic priest in Vienna he served as court chaplain, earned a doctorate of sciences and was one of the leaders of the Augustineum (a school for diocesan priests). He was active in defending the use of the then banned Croatian language, the Glagolitic script and the Old Slavonic mass. He founded the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts with its many institutes and museums. His work transcends Croatia’s national arena and he remains in the focus of international attention.
Ivan Supek (1915 – 2007) is considered the founder of modern natural sciences in Croatia. He founded the Ruđer Bošković Institute, launched postgraduate studies of natural sciences, reorganised the University of Zagreb and founded the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik. His prominent and extensive literary oeuvre includes the play Heretik (The Heretic) and Proces stoljeća (Trial of the Century) and the novels Opstati usprkos (Surviving In Spite), Extraordinarius, Krivovjernik na ljevici (Heretic on the Left) and Krunski svjedok protiv Hebranga (Crown Witness against Hebrang) in which he addressed the problems and duplicity of the society of his time and which led to his isolation and many years of political persecution under the authorities of the time.