wisdom and owl / 知恵のふくろう

June 21, 2011

1 June 1960, Switzerland
‘Symbols of Occupations’
design: H. Kumpel
engrave: H. Heusser

I was in Basel last weekend and found that blacksmith’s were very important to complete European townscapes, together with architects and builders.  Door handles, letter boxes, balconies and shop signs hang over the entrances, were hand made and express a love for their houses.

In this stamp, the owl is symbolising a succession of knowledge through generations – from fathers to their sons.  Now, daughters are joining them proudly and taking the T-shaped ruler and hammer in their hands!

バーゼルの旧市街を歩いていて、家のドアハンドルや呼び鈴、郵便受け口やちょうつがいなどのディテールが目に留まりました。鍛冶屋に発注してひとつひとつ手作りされた金物からは、家への愛情を感じます。中世ヨーロッパでは、鍛冶屋は建築家や大工と一緒になって、街の表情を作ったのですね。

この切手ではふくろうが、受け継がれた職人の知恵を象徴しているようです。父から息子に受け継がれた職能は、今では娘たちにも開かれたのでした。T定規とかなづちを手に、肩には知恵のふくろうをのせて。

3 Responses to “wisdom and owl / 知恵のふくろう”

  1. Jürgen Says:

    oh, you were in Switzerland last weekend !🙂

    I really love your website. So different from other philatelic blogs. You manage to put the stamp in the center of the attention.

    This Swiss stamp was also issued in a 4 stamps unperforated souvenir-sheet with the colors inverted (blue owl and golden background).

    I also found a website (in french) depicting owls on stamps…

    • Tomoko Says:

      Wow! This site is amazing! All stamps are sorted by the type of owl.. Interesting to compare how people depict owls in different manner, though.

      Thank you for letting me know this!

      Basel was great – but a stamp shop I went was closed on Mondays!! Next time…


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