bird songs / 鳥のうた声

February 7, 2010







1965 Czechoslovakia
design: K Svolinski, envrage: L. Jirka

Woodpecker (20h)
Blue Tits (30h)
Southern Nuthatch (40h)
Oriole (60h)
Goldfinches (80h)
Bullfinch (1Kčs)
Kingfisher (1.2Kčs)

There are a lots of beautiful stamps on birds – maybe the size of birds fits well of stamp format or birds themselves are beautiful anyway, however they are pictured.  This fact puts me off from collecting stamps of birds – unless they are nicely designed specifically for stamps.  So, the reason why I bought this 60’s set of 7 stamps from Czechoslovakia is because of their highly sophisticated engraving lines and simplified background.

Beginning of February – when birds start to sing for their partners and trying to settle their new homes.  This little sound article on bird songs helps you to identify what you are hearing.

2月になり、鳥が盛んにさえずるようになりました。パートナーを求め巣を掛ける季節のようです。鳴き声からどんな鳥が庭に来ているのか探す、こんな記事がありました。

鳥の切手は世界中でたくさん発行されていますが、たぶん鳥のサイズが切手の大きさに合っていること、さらに鳥そのものが美しいので、どうやってでも綺麗な切手になることから、普段はほとんど興味をそそられないのです。でも、このチェコスロバキアの切手はその凹版印刷の彫りのラインの美しさと、省略された背景の描写の闊達さから、見た瞬間に「欲しい!」と思った切手です。拡大に値する胸と尾の羽根の表現を下に。

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