“I don’t want my face on every corner,” says Pavel about the stamps

Jan Handrejch

President-elect Petr Pavel does not want his face on stamps. But if there is a public interest, he admits the possibility of a collector’s series. However, no final decision has been made yet.

“I don’t see it as a priority, and I am not in favor of having my face on every corner, but if there is a great demand from the public, we can discuss, for example, a collector’s series,” Pavel said.

He added that his team has not yet decided on the stamps. “He is ready to discuss possible designs with the Czech Post,” he said.

“Everything depends on the president. If he wants it, the motive and the overall design of the stamp would be subject to how the president wants it,” Czech Post spokesman Matyáš Vitík said.

Representatives of the Czech Post are expected to approach Mr. Pavel’s team during the week. “To find out whether the stamp is a yes or no. If the president doesn’t want it, it won’t come out,” he explained.

The President is not required by law to have a stamp issued by the Czech Post, so it is a tradition.

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk had the first stamp, and the last one was issued with President Miloš Zeman. The only one who did not have it during his time in office was Emil Hácha.

In the case of stamps with Zeman, years ago, it was said that people in Prague, for example, did not want them on their letters.

The Internet was amused by an experience from a post office in Prague, for example, when a customer preferred a stamp to a stamp with Zeman. The other motifs had run out, leaving only Zeman.