135 years old / 135年前の切手

January 11, 2010

1875Denmark001
1875Denmark002

1875 Denmark
design and engrave: P.C. Batz
Typography
printed maybe 1886 (8 öre) and 1895 (4 öre)

After featuring the latest set of stamps issued in 2010, I viewed my albums to find oldest stamps I like – and here they are.  Issued as definitive stamps in era of King Christian Ⅸ of Denmark, they were finely curved for typography ( relief ) printing.  Originally designed and issued in 1870, then when they changed ‘sk’ ( I don’t know how you called them ) to new currency ‘öre’ in 1875, they were gradually renewed and same design were issued until 1902.  Unlike other unimaginative monachy portrait in mono colour of that time, they have beautiful colour combination – Rose + pale grey and dark turquoise + slate green.

最新の切手を紹介したあとで、それではわたしの持っている切手で一番古くて素敵なのは?と思って探したのがこれです。1870年にオリジナルのデザインが出て、1875年に新しい通貨で再度発行された凸版印刷の精緻な彫り。単色の皇族の横顔か紋章のものが一般的な時代に、ローズと薄いグレー、深いターコイスと緑がかったグレーの組み合せが美しく、印刷と目打ラインのセンターが激しくずれているのも趣よね、と思わず微笑んでしまう切手。

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