|The EUROPA issue is released every year by the member countries of the CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Authorities) according to a decision taken by them in 1959. The first Cypriot Europa stamps were released in 1962 (Europa design of 1961) and ever since Cyprus has been regularly releasing this commemorative issue. Every year the subject is decided by the CEPT and is common for all member countries. The subject for this year is the "The History of Postal and Telecommunication services". Cyprus participation consists of a set of three stamps designed by G. Simonis. Two of them (25 and 125 mils) are depicting in a symbolic way the development of inland and overseas postal services in Cyprus from the Mail Coach of 1878, the miles and the early steamship to the modern mail van and the jet aircrafts. The third stamp (75 mils) is depicting the progress achieved in the telecommunication services from the time of the primitive telephone apparatus with the manual call to the recently erected antenna of an Earth Station and Satellite which links Cyprus with other countries.|
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.