Archive for September, 2012

microphone and TV / マイクとテレビ機器

September 29, 2012

15 November 2001, Japan
50th Anniversary of Private Commercial Broadcasting
design: Akira Tamaki

In the early times of TV news broadcasting, the microphone was prominent – although news-readers are no longer talking to microphone these days, it being hidden or at least discreet.

I like this almost stoic stamp showing early TV equipment, together with the shape of a TV screen in the three primary colours, and the old style ending title of a program.  In my memory this shape of TV screen is familiar, but current TVs are all rectangular with a lot more width than height – cinema proportions, almost.




camera and TV / カメラとテレビ

September 17, 2012

19 September 1967, United Kingdom
British Discovery and Invention
Television Equipment
design: Richard Negus & Philip Sharland

Together with Radar, Penicillium Notatum and Jet Engines, television equipment is counted as one of the biggest inventions in Britain.  BBC and Channel 4 are the successors of this invention – usage of that equipment has been developed for decades, to show us the great detail of sports in recent Olympic and Paralympic games.

I wonder which era of equipment is depicted in this stamp – contemporary with the stamp design? Beautiful colour and composition, looks like a woodblock print.



sailing / セーリング

September 16, 2012

11 June 1975, United Kingdom
design: Andrew Restall

As you can see on the cover of a book of ‘Royal Mail Stamps’ (1980), the designer made many sketches for this set of stamps. He took a long time to decide the composition of the stamps, and also re-drew the chosen ones for adopting the new printing method of intaglio lines on top of gravure.  As a result of effort and fine adjustment, this set has outstanding beauty.

During the Olympic games, I enjoyed the view from those sailing boats – images sent from a little waterproof camera on each boat, showing how dynamic and subtle it is to control sails in the competition.  But 38 years ago, the stamp designer had to draw them from the land or a harbour, as no equipment was suitable for being soaked by the waves.

『Royal Mail Stamps』(1980) という本の表紙になっているように、この切手のデザイナーはセーリングのタイプやアングルを決めるために時間をかけてスケッチをしたようです。4枚の構図が決まったのちも、グラビアで刷った色面に凹版印刷を重ねる新しい手法に合うように、色と線の両方を描き直した、と本の中で紹介されています。当然ながら、そんなたくさんの手間ののちにこの美しい切手が生まれたわけです。


Sir Paul’s Olympic Games / ポール・スミスのオリンピック切手

September 1, 2012

1 January 2012, Isle of Man
London 2012 Olympic Games
design: Sir Paul Smith

There is another set on the Olympic Games, designed by Sir Paul Smith.

I like the top one the best.  As the designer stated in the presentation pack, they are positive and colourful – but I suspect that he did not take a long time to research and design them, unfortunately…  The in-house design team was perhaps shocked by the colour restriction and smallness of what they had to design – even so, for example, the stamp on Archery issued in 2009 has a similar and better composition.

Anyway, they are cheerful and pleasant if you use them on an envelope and a post card, as their colours are sophisticated.