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Lovrenc Košir

1 stamp: 

Issue Date:		21 May 2004
Series:			-
Colour:			4-colour 
Printing:		offset
Paper: 			Chancellor oba free, L. S. PVA 102 g/m2
Watermark:		-
Gum:			PVA
Stamp size:		40.32 x 28.80 mm 
M/S size:		-
Perforation:		comb
Designs:		'B'(48 SIT): Lovrenc Košir, the house in which he 
was born, part of his manuscript
Format:			-
Sheet:			25 stamps
Stamp Quantity:		-
M/S Quantity:		-
Designer:		Leonard Rubins
Printer:		DELO Tiskarna, d. d., Ljubljana 
First Day Postmark:	4220 Škofja Loka 

Lovrenc Košir (1804-1879)

Lovrenc Košir was born on 29 July 1804 in the village of Spodnja 
Luša above Škofja Loka. Lovrenc was a very talented young man 
who finished the Jesuit College and his studies of agriculture 
in Ljubljana with distinction. In November 1829, he was employed 
by the state bookkeeping in Venice and later in Milan. Thanks 
to his successful work, he was appointed as a clerk of the court 
postal bookkeeping in Vienna in June 1834. There he had the 
opportunity to get an insight into the rather complicated system 
of postage accounting, which allowed for many mistakes and offered 
poor control over collected money. As a result, on 31 December 
1835, Košir sent a proposal for a "new accounting procedure 
and method with material control" to the Chairman of the Court 
Chamber. The new procedure suggested prepaying postage by use 
of "artificially affixed postal tax stamps". Despite the unquestionable 
benefits that his suggestions would bring, Košir met the typical 
fate of inventors – he was misjudged. His proposal proved to 
be far too revolutionary for his superiors to accept it and 
was therefore rejected. Košir was assigned to a lower-graded 
and less paid position in the state bookkeeping in Ljubljana. 
15 years later he was transferred to Zagreb, where he worked 
until his retirement in 1872. Košir's proposal, which actually 
suggested the introduction of postage stamps as a means to indicate 
prepayment of postage, was never adopted even though Košir strove 
all his life to get his invention recognised.