saving squirrels / 貯蓄リス

January 31, 2012

1980Sweden001

12 May 1980, Sweden
‘Home’ Rebate stamp
design: M. Gavler

Since December I had this incident twice – I slammed on the brakes when I was almost running over a squirrel, which was tottering across the road.  They were both plump, had well-rounded bottom.  I though that was because we had a mild winter and they came out from hibernation too early – but someone told me that squirrels in London never hibernate, as they can find food all year round.

Well, maybe the squirrels don’t symbolize Savings any more – but those winter squirrels are certainly saving some fat on their body.  Better to watch out for little fluffy animals on the road, not to make them a victim of a traffic accident.

This stamp was in a booklet, which was distributed to all households in Sweden and they were valid for inland postage only, and gave a rebate on the normal cost for postcards and letters up to 100g.  This is why there is no face value.

昨年末からすでに2度、近所を運転中にリスを轢きそうになってあわててブレーキを踏む、という事がありました。暖冬だったから、春になったと思って冬眠から出て来たのかな?と思うような、よたよたとした足取りで道を横切るリス。でも、ロンドン周辺では、いつでも餌があるのでリスは冬眠しないのだそうです。

ちょっと昔の切手に登場するような「貯蓄の象徴」ではなくなっているらしいリスですが、でも、あの2匹のリスは丸まると太っていたから、秋にたくさん食べて脂肪を貯蓄する習性は変わっていないのかも。木立の近くを走る時は、気をつけないといけません。

この切手はブックレットとしてスウェーデンのすべての家庭に配られ、国内の郵便に使うか、またはその対価の払い戻しを受け取ることができたようです。額面が印刷されていないのは、それが理由なのですね。

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