The newest stamp in the series Latvian Architecture features the water tower at Alīses Street painted by the artist Aleksejs Naumovs

13.05.2020

The newest stamp in the series Latvian Architecture features the water tower at Alīses Street painted by the artist Aleksejs Naumovs
On the 15th of May 2020 Latvijas Pasts plans to release the second postage stamp dedicated to the theme of water towers in the series Latvian Architecture, and it will feature one of the oldest water towers in Riga, located at Alīses Street. The design of the new stamp in the form of a miniature painting was created by the artist Aleksejs Naumovs. The new stamps will first be available for purchase at the post offices of the largest cities, as well as in the e-shop of Latvijas Pasts https://veikals.pasts.lv/. Those interested in the first day cancellation options are invited to contact us by writing to the e-mail address: filatelija@pasts.lv
 
The new stamp in the series Latvian Architecture depicts one of the oldest water towers in Riga, which is located at Alīses Street. The print run of the stamp is 100,000 copies and its face value is € 1.71, which corresponds to the postage of letter-post items in the weight class from 101 to 500 grams within Latvia. The release of the stamp is accompanied by the issue of a special cover with a print run of 1,000 copies. The stamp and the cover have been designed by the artist A. Naumovs, professor and former rector at the Art Academy of Latvia. 
 
The water tower at Alīses Street was built in 1910–1911, and it was an important element of the water supply system. The water was pumped into the tower and then supplied to the townspeople. Due to the tall buildings constructed in Riga in the 1930s the water tower was no longer able to fully perform its functions, so in 1937 it was made 7.5 meters higher, reaching a height of 40 meters. The water tower terminated its function as a water supply system in 1970, but until 2010 it housed the premises of the emergency service staff of the water supply company Rīgas ūdens.
 
Taking into consideration that public events, including the first day stamp cancellation at post offices, are currently suspended due to security requirements, stamp collectors and those interested in philately are invited to contact the Stamp and Philately Department of Latvijas Pasts regarding stamp cancellation options by writing to the e-mail address: filatelija@pasts.lv.
 
The stamp series Latvian Architecture has been released since 2010, highlighting the most significant historical buildings or modern new developments. The stamps issued in previous years feature Dailes Theatre, the Concert Hall Cēsis, the Academic Centre for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia in Torņakalns and other Latvian pieces of architecture. The first stamp dedicated to water towers in this series was issued in 2019, and it depicted the water tower at Matīsa Street, Riga. All stamps in the series Latvian Architecture can be viewed here
 
The new stamp and the cover Water Tower at Alīses Street, Riga are available for viewing here
 
The next philatelic release is scheduled for the 29th of May.
 
 
About SJSC Latvijas Pasts
Latvijas Pasts ensures the widest availability of postal services throughout Latvia by maintaining more than 600 post offices. The primary function of the company is provision of the universal postal service; Latvijas Pasts also provides commercial transport, express mail, payment, press subscription, retail and philatelic services. Latvijas Pasts is a wholly State-owned company with over 3,400 employees. The quality measurements of Latvijas Pasts domestic mail deliveries are regularly conducted by Kantar TNS, one of the leading market, social and media research agencies in Latvia. In turn, the quality measurements of the cross-border deliveries are provided within the framework of the International Post Corporation through the intermediary of the research companies Kantar TNS, Ipsos and Quotas.
 
 
Additional information:
Vineta Danielsone | Senior Public Relations Project Manager
E-mail: pr@pasts.lv, vineta.danielsone@pasts.lv 
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