animal of the nation / 国家的ビーバー

November 15, 2011

1 April 1954, Canada
design: Herman Schwartz
original illustration: Emanuel Hahn
engraver: Silas Allen

Another stamp with the Canadian Maple leaf, this time the main feature is their National animal, the Beaver.  This is the result of works by three people, the artist of the original art work, the designer and the engraver ( the job is completed by the printer, of course ).  It is interesting to read about them – their routes are from Germany, Holland and Canada.

The engraving work is really delicate and enjoyable to magnify… I know it’s a bit minor, but joyful!

カナダのカエデの葉が描かれているもう一枚の切手、主人公はビーバーです。この切手は原画の描き手、切手デザイナーと彫刻師の連携作業によって生まれたものですが、彼らの経歴を読むのは興味深い。ドイツからの移民、オランダ移民の子孫など、カナダが形づくられていった様子が想像できます。

凹版印刷のデリケートな彫りを虫めがねで拡大するのが楽しくて、楽しくて、、、。変ですかね、やっぱり。

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