in the middle of history / 折り返し地点

January 13, 2010

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1926 Netherland
children charity stamps
design: Ant. Molkenboer
photogravure printing

The first stamp was issued in 1840 in England.  It has 170 years of history and if you look at its turning point, that would be around 1925.

These Dutch stamps were issue in 1926, for charity of child welfare.  They were designed with modern mind – or beginning of graphic design.  Although they still have coat of arms within, they picked up atmosphere of the time and cultural trends – a bit late arrival of Art Nouveau.

Around same time, they were issued in Switzerland.  A bit conservative, if you compare them to Dutch ones?

世界初の切手は1840年にイギリスで発行されました。それから170年が経った。では、折り返し地点ではどんな切手があった?とふと思い、今から85年前の切手を探してみました。

このオランダの切手は子供のための基金付き切手で1926年の発行。国の紋章がまだ見られるけれど、間違いなく時代を反映してデザインされています。たぶんこの頃はすでにアールデコが全盛で、少し時代遅れな感じすらしたと思われる、アールヌーボーの香り高い切手。

ほぼ同じ頃、スイスではこんな切手が出されていました。すごくかっこいいと思うけど、比べると少し保守的なのかな?

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