courier bird / 運ぶ鳥

March 18, 2012


1974 Australia
Centenary of Universal Postal Union
design: John Copeland

When I posted the last stamp I thought about this one, as a bird is used as a symbol of delivering messages or good will.  Bright colours and simple composition – very pleasant to receive an envelope or card with these stamps, I think.

From my previous post, this is another bird carrying a letter, from Germany.  I never knew how a carrier pigeon takes a message while flying – no doubt, not by beak, I guess…   OK, according to wikipedia it was a little tube on their feet, but some of those pigeons carried up to 75 grams of messages!




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