Australia 2004 Cats and Dogs
- Issue Date : 21 September 2004
- Designed by : Jo Muré
- Photography by: Lynton Crabb
- Printed by : SNP Sprint
- Print Process : Lithography
- Stamp size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Released for Stamp Collecting Month. Once kept primarily because they served a useful purpose, cats and dogs are now family members in many Australian households. Indeed, Australia has the highest incidence of pet ownership in the world. Of all the animals that can be kept as pets, dogs and cats are the most popular. Forty percent of households own a dog; 26 percent own a cat.
- Perforations : 14¾ x 14
- Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)
The sheets of 50c stamps were printed with the two cat stamps se-tenant on one pane and the two dog stamps se-tenant on the other pane.
- Perforations : die cut 11¼ syncopated
- Formats: booklets of 5 or 10
- Miniature sheet size: 170mm x 85mm
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmark was Artarmon NSW 2064. A first day cover for the self-adhesive varieties was not officially produced.
Cats Prestige Booklet
The Cats prestige booklet has five stamp panes and a sheet of 20 stickers. The panes are interleaved with pages of text about cats in general and cats in Australia. The panes in this prestige booklet are: one block of four x Ezzie, one block of four Tinkerbell, three mixed blocks of four (Ezzie, Tinkerbell). Some of the blocks are unique to the Cats prestige booklet.
Dogs Prestige Booklet
The Dogs prestige booklet has five stamp panes and a sheet of 20 stickers. The stamp panes are interleaved with pages of text about dogs in general and dogs in Australia. The stamp panes are: one block of four Westies; two blocks of four mixed Westies and Labs; one block of four Labs; one pair of Jack Russells. Each pane has a unique border and some of the blocks are unique to the Dogs prestige booklet.