Archive for the 'Germany' Category

mono colour and strong 3 / 単色で強い切手 その3

December 11, 2014


1 December 1955, Germany
Supplementary value, 1

Not just bright colours, but quiet tint can be strong, if the stamp design is good.  This elegant swirl adorns the number 1 – because the background is grey, white lines stand out beautifully.



mono colour and strong / 単色で強い切手

November 27, 2014


19 September 1971, Germany
‘Accident prevention’

There are strong stamps – even they are printed in only one colour.  So, after the mono printed Mexican stamps, I started look at those and thought why they are strong.

In this case, the graphic almost pictogram tells us the warning immediately – and visually strong.  Be careful loose wiring of plugs!!

By the way, there are two stamps with plug from Japan, energy recycling and saving, both are strong design, too.




bugle horn and horse / 馬と角笛

February 4, 2014


1 April 1958, Germany

The Chinese calendar had just turned the year of the Horse – so, I am still featuring more stamps with horse.

This German stamp is depicting the early postal service man on horse, who is blowing a bugle horn to ask if anyone has a letter to be delivered to a remote place.  The horn became an icon of the postal services.



year of horse started / 午年、明けました

January 3, 2014


6 February 1969, Germany
for the youth: Horses
Thoroughbred / Draft horse / Pony / Warmblood

Happy New Year to you all!

2014 is the year of the Horse. The sexagenary cycle is completed with 12 animals and my icon of the zodiac is horse – I was born 48 years ago.  That year was a little special ‘Fire Horse‘ and birthrate of the year in Japan was 25% decreased than the year before.

During the last month, I read a book titled “What on Earth Happened?” and learnt how significant the domestication of horse was in the ancient world.  Horses were used to plough fields, to communicate with speed and to fight in wars.  I have more than 80 stamps with horses depicted and I am featuring several of them in coming posts.

First set is from Germany and from the top, I would nickname them form the top ‘sublime horse’, ‘heavy horse’, ‘friendly pony’ and ‘speedy horse’.






kune kune / くねくね

January 6, 2013


5 February 1971, Germany
‘Children’s Drawings’

In the Japanese language there are a lot of onomatopoeia terms to express movement, condition and feel of a material or its surface.  Kune kune is one of them – it means a road is winding or something sways, as in this stamp depicting a snake!


sitting on a goose / 150歳を記念して

November 27, 2012

13 November 2008, Germany
Nils Hogersson on Goose
150th birthday of Selma Lagerlöf
illustration: Wilhelm Schulz

Another stamp to feature a scene from “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils”, and this is celebrating the 150th birthday of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf.  This popular story for children was published in 1906.

I saw a group of birds in a V-shape, traveling towards the South of Tokyo, beside the Tama River.  I imagined sitting on one of them again, thinking that mountains, coastlines and rivers must be the guides for their long journey – but how do they remember all of those?



be kind to animals / 動物に思いやりを

February 4, 2012

4 February 1972, Germany-Berlin
prevention of cruelty to animals

It is sad to find a Hedgehog beside the road, killed by a car accident.  They move so slowly, but sometimes they must be desperate to cross the road – for food or because they heard a lovely voice from the other side the road?

When we cycle in the countryside, we sometimes see a group of deer jumping across the road.  Once we saw a huge stag with great antlers which was killed by a car accident.

This set of stamps are suggesting people be a little more considerate in their living area.




Merry Christmas / メリークリスマス

December 24, 2011

9 November 1973, Germany

I worked really hard this December – the busiest ever in the last several years.  Finally today, I have the feeling that I am in a festive break.  I wish you all have a very merry Christmas and peaceful gatherings.



autumn leaves / 紅葉:ナラとブナ

November 4, 2011

11 October 1979, Germany
‘Fruits of the Forest’ Oak and Beech

I am enjoying the autumn leaves here in London.  Not just the colours but the sound of them.  One morning I was walking towards the station and heard a strange series of sounds – it was acorns falling, hitting the pavement, rolling down the hill and finally hitting a wooden fence.

This set of stamps shows typical European trees – and reminds me of the sound and smell of a damp forest.



energy saving / ドイツの省エネ

April 5, 2011


14 November 1979, Germany
‘Energy Saving’

The seven oldest nuclear power reactors are temporarily shut down in Germany after the Fukushima nuclear incident and discussions on the phase-out process is now dominating the debate in the country.

This stamp is from 32 years ago – the length of time that one nuclear power plant can produce energy under the current German law.

I am interested in energy policy from different countries since the Fukushima problem and recalling the landscape of places I have visited in relation to that. For example, you find a lot of solar panels on houses in Belgium, where the phase-out of nuclear power is in place already.

European cities are not keen to have bright adverts or bright lit vending machines in their towns, and appreciate moody candle light for romantic dinners – but a more radical shift is needed on the manufacturing front and everyday life in the nuclear free future.





spring fish / 春告魚

March 1, 2011


10 April 1964, Germany

They are in widely sail around North Pacific and North Atlantic.  In Europe, Herring has been called the “silver of the sea”, and its trade has been so significant.

Recently, as a result of their predators such as sharks, dog fish, tuna and cod have been gradually declined, the number of them are retained fine.  So, let’s enjoy this oily fish, deep fried or marinated.

This is my favorite offset/lithography stamp from Germany – delicate Black line on its mouth is so effective from distance view.





cycle lanes / 日常の移動手段

January 26, 2011

6 September 1995, Germany
Stamp Day

I was in Köln last week and saw a lots of cyclists like this lady in the centre of the busy town.  Separated cycle lanes are placed between car lanes and pavements all over the town and suburban area.  You can take your bicycle into trams, as well as trains.  With this superb infrastructure, the cyclists are relaxed to move around, less cars and fuel consumption – as a result you become fit, too.  Why not those separate lanes in London??


fluffy animals / ふわふわした動物たち

January 10, 2011

4 April 1967, Germany-Berlin
Youth semi-postals ‘fur animals’
design: Froitzheim

I have posted several rabbit stamps already, recent ones, plus Miffy, Fibonacci number, Rabbit or Hare, White new year and Animal Welfare – rabbits are everywhere and popular animals to be featured on a stamp.

Yes, I found another one.  Simple and lovely series of animals, together with fox, hamster and weasel.  My favorite one is the fox.



Lwówek Śląski town hall / 市庁舎のアーチ

November 19, 2010


15 June 1966 Germany
Town Hall of Löwenberg Schlesien ( Lwówek Śląski )

The second ‘interior’ feature is another vaulted interior, in a town hall in Poland, which used to be a part of Germany.  This was one of the definitive stamps featuring monumental buildings.  I searched for how old the building could be but failed to find it, apart from this image.

With very fine engraved lines in different thickness and pitches, the depth of the space is depicted in a small definitive stamp.


「インテリア」テーマの2枚目の切手は1966年に発行されたドイツの普通切手。ドイツとの国境近くにあるポーランドのLwówek Śląski市庁舎内のヴォールトがピッチや太さの違う精緻な線の重なりで描かれています。


an appendix / おまけのイラスト

December 7, 2009

16 April 1998, Germany
‘Hildegard von Bingen’

This stamp was used by a friend of mine from Germany and I enjoy this appendix picture on the rim of a sheet.  It is celebrating a Christian mystic Hildegard von Bingen, who lived form 1098 t0 1179.  The picture seems a tapestry and it depicts a garden, as she was known as herbalist, as well as author and composer – one of her music is on YouTube: from album ‘A Feather On the Breath of God’.

この切手は実際に貼られて届いたもので、キリスト教の女性聖人ヒルデガルト・フォン・ビンゲンを記念した切手でした。絵はタペストリーからとられているようで、薬草学に通じていた彼女がハーブ園で描かれています。作曲家でもあった彼女の音楽は再現され聴く事ができます。YouTubeで見つけたのは「A Feather On the Breath of God」からの一曲

over the perforation / 切り取り線の外

December 6, 2009

4 November 1999, Germany

A few friends of mine from Germany share similar taste about stamps – they often leave the frame of a sheet uncut from the stamp.  I do  enjoy this bonus illustration and started to look for Christmas cards from Germany.


what a stamp design can do / 切手で伝えられること

December 5, 2009


2006 Germany
200 years of Blind School & 150 years of Nikolaus Care Foundation


2008 Germany
100 years of Christoffel-Blindenmission

Two years apart of issuing, I am sure they are done by one designer.  The feature of stamps are both related to care for blind people.  For me, those are the finest examples of computer aided design of contemporary stamps – simple, clear to express the theme and they talk to our emotion.


wealth of nature / 水。自然の恵み

December 3, 2009


2001 Germany
Water – wealth of nature

Simple and straight forward – why not?  This should looks good on a pale Blue envelope.


bicycle evolution in Germany -2 / ドイツ自転車の変遷-2

August 21, 2009


16 April 1985 Germany-Berlin
For the Youth charity stamps

Same time to the previous post, history of German bicycle, Berlin post issued these 4.  Featuring German made machine only, starting from bone shaker by Büssing-Rad in 1868 to 1925 Opel-Rennard racing bike.  Lady’s bike by Jaray-Rad in 1925 looks very odd and I cannot work out how it was peddaled even if  I see picture of it.  It seems most of gentlemen cyclists had moustache in Germany.


bicycle evolution in Germany / ドイツ自転車の変遷

August 20, 2009


16 April 1985 Germany
For the Youth

Evolution of bicycle made in Germany from 1817 Hobby Horse to 1888 lady’s tricycle.



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