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.