vast lands on the earth / 広大な領土

February 21, 2011

1898Canada001

7 December 1898, Canada
XMAS 1898
design: Warren L. Green
based on a map by George Robert Parkin
engraver: Charles Skinner

It says on the bottom ”We hold a vaster empire than has been”.  This stamp celebrates Canada’s participation in the British postage system.  In this Mercator’s Projection, the Suzerain Country is a little island not even in the centre of the map… but it ruled a ‘vast empire’ from there.

The red colour is letter press printed over the intaglio, which is slightly off centre and some of the territory is floating in the sea – it was not a great matter, but the number of dots were important at that time, I imagine.

イギリスで確立していた郵便システムにカナダが参加した事を記念して発行されたクリスマス切手です。ヴィクトリア女王をたたえる詩(切手の下枠の中に)とメルカトル図法での世界地図にイギリスの領土が赤で色づけされています。

凹版印刷に重ねてプリントされた凸版の赤が少しずれていて赤い斑点が海に浮かんでいるのは愛嬌ですが、きっと当時は正確な位置よりも、どれくらいたくさんの場所に領土があるかが重要だったのだろうな、と想像するのでした。

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