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  Scratch and sniff stamp issued
Updated 02 October 2001, 14.45

The latest 'interactive' stamps from the Royal Mail are certainly not to be sniffed at.

One of the set is the UK's first ever 'scratch and sniff' stamp which whiffs of eucalyptus when you touch it.

It works because the top layer of the stamp is covered with tiny capsules filled with eucalyptus scent which are released when they are scratched.

Hologram


The smelly stamp is part of a new collection to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Nobel Prizes, which are given out every year to people who have helped mankind.

The eucalyptus stamp represents the Medicine or Physiology section of the prizes.

Other features on the stamps include a hologram, a heat-activated picture and a stamp which has a whole poem crammed onto it, which can only by seen by the human eye when it is magnified eight times.




 
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