Postage Stamps of Johannes Gutenberg
The Palatinate (in German: Pfalz) is a region in southwestern Germany that occupies more than a quarter of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). During the occupation of Germany after World War II, the Palatinate was occupied by French Forces. The French reorganized their occupation Zone by founding new states and, in 1947, the Palatinate was combined with Rheinhessen (a part of Hesse), a part of the Prussian Province of Nassau, and the southern part of the Prussian Rhine Province to form the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. This depiction of the upper portion of the Gutenberg Statue Monument in Mainz is the 75-pfennig value, one of 15 stamps issued in 1947 and 1948 (Germany—Rhine Palatinate, Scott #6N13).
This wonderful depiction of Gutenberg using a pair of ink balls to ink a form locked on the bed of his press is based upon a woodcut by Jost Amman (ca. 1539-1591), a Swiss designer, draftsman, painter, and printmaker. It was issued on 5 May 1954 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Gutenberg’s 42- line Bible (Germany, Scott #723)