C234 Fairy Tales

Issue Date: April 2, 2005

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On April 2, 2005, the Marshall Islands Postal Service commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen with new Fairy Tales postage stamps.

From The Swindherd to The Snow Queen, the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen have delighted children of all cultures from around the world, including the Marshall Islands. Born on April 2, 1805, in Odense, Denmark, Andersen published his first volume of fairy tales in 1835, and continued writing until 1872.

In his lifetime, he wrote more than 150 fairy tales and his stories have been translated into over 100 languages. Inspired by characters and plots from legends, history and everyday life, Andersen created stories that showed compassion for the outcast and unfortunate. One of the highest prizes in children's literature is the Hans Christian Andersen Award, presented to only one author and one illustrator every two years. It is presided over by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Designed by the acclaimed Hungarian artist János Kass, these magical issues depict four of Andersen's popular fairy tales -- The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid and The Emperor's New Suit.


  • Issue: Fairy Tales
  • Face Value: 4 x $0.37
  • Issue Date: April 2, 2005
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Designer: János Kass
  • Project Manager: Caryn Erickson, Stamp Development
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Unicover Corporation, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 16
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 4
  • Overall Sheet Size: 184mm x 148mm
  • Size of Stamps: 40mm x 31mm
  • Issue Number: C234.
    (4-1) The Princess and the Pea
    (4-2) Thumbelina
    (4-3) The Little Mermaid
    (4-4) The Emperor's New Suit
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.
  • Stamp designs ©2005 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 1.48 Fairy Tales
    US$ .37 The Princess and the Pea
    US$ .37 Thumbelina
    US$ .37 The Little Mermaid
    US$ .37 The Emperor's New Suit

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