Jacques Wiener, engraver

November 3, 1899 (1st of Kislev, 5660): Belgian engraver Jacques Wiener was a Jew who designed the first Belgian postage stamps and whose talent led to him being “decorated with the Order of the Knights of Leopold and the Prussian Eagle” passed away today.

The stamp shown here is a Belgian issue commemorating the first stamp issued by Belgium.  Incorporated into the design are letters spelling Wiener’s last name.  However, sources argue that the first dies for this stamp were in fact prepared by Englishman J.H. Robinson.

belgian stamp commemoration - jacques wiener

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