IBRA News 28.02.2023 – QR code brings the story(s) behind the stamp to life – cooperation between Deutsche Post and BDPh

(esc-bdph) On Wednesday, 1 March 2023, this year’s stamp for “Stamp Day” will be issued with an image of the Stralsund letter. The stamp will be supplemented by a philatelic souvenir sheet, which for the first time will bear a reference to IBRA 2023 on the edge of the souvenir sheet.

The stamp for “Stamp Day 2023” (Source: German Federal Ministry of Finance)

The stamp is associated with a cooperation between Deutsche Post as one of the main sponsors and the BDPh. For the first time, the BDPh will provide a “landing page” with information about the Stralsund letter. This information can be accessed via the DHL and Post APP. To do this, you have to scan the QR code on the stamp using the “Track consignment” function and then call it up using the “Information on stamp” button. The display for this is optimised for use on a mobile phone. It is also possible to register for a trial membership with the BDPh via the link.
Access is via the “POST & DHL” app, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. In the POST & DHL app, simply click on “Track” at the bottom. You will then see a window where you can scan the QR code of the stamp. This not only gives you information about the item that was franked with the stamp, but also a link “Information about the stamp”. Simply click on it and you will land on the BDPh info page on the Stralsund letter. Complicated? Just try it. It works.

Here are the steps to scan the stamp:

1.: Download the app from the Google Play or Apple Store.

2.: Click on „Verfolgen” (Track) at the bottom.

3.: Scan the QR code and click on „Informationen zur Briefmarke“ (Information about the stamp).

4.: And continue via the button „Infos zum Stralsund-Brief“ (Info on the Stralsund letter).

The stamp, souvenir sheet and first-day postmark can be obtained from the Deutsche Post dispatch office in Weiden.