Saint Phalle phallic philately

From Dean Allemang on Facebook, 1994 Swiss stamps by Niki de Saint Phalle as part of a pro-condom “Stop AIDS” campaign:


The image is of a colorful condom in Saint Phalle’s distinctive style. As it happens, Dean was working for Swiss PTT that year and as a holiday gift, got a collector’s edition of every stamp printed that year, including the “Blaue Niki” (“Blue Niki”) above.

She also created posters for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, in German, French, and Italian versions (since this was Switzerland). A thumbnail of the German version:


‘Without a condom, no pleasure”.

A few words about Saint Phalle. The barest background from Wikipedia:

Niki de Saint Phalle (born Catherine-Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle, 29 October 1930 – 21 May 2002) was a French sculptor, painter, and filmmaker.

She was enormously productive, in a number of media, and in a number of places (France, the U.S., Spain, Italy, and Switzerland). Her work is extravagant, rioting in color; many of her sculptures are large (and are prominently exhibited in public places). Here’s her “Sculpture Budha”:


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