Telegraph key / 電鍵

March 22, 2013

1962New Zealand001

1 June 1962, New Zealand
Telegraph Centenary
design: A G Mitchell

This stamp is celebrating 100 years of the telegraph in New Zealand.  The picture shows an early Telegraph key for sending Morse code, with operating hand, and telegraph poles and wire.  The hand looks somehow strained – it must be sending an urgent and important message.

It is interesting to see these modern alternatives to postal services, which are often depicted on stamps.  They did not imagine about the new world with ‘internet file transfer services’ yet, did they?

The host of Going Postal gave this stamp to me, among with many others from New Zealand.  Thank you!

なんだか力んだ手が電鍵を使ってモールス符号を打っているこの切手は、ニュージーランドの電信開始から100年を祝って発行された切手です。

郵便が担っていた役割をどんどん代替していくことになる技術を、こうやって切手の絵柄としてとどめてある、というのが興味深いです。この頃、まだネット上でのファイル送付サービスのことなど誰も想像していなくて、短い電信は送れるけれど、束になった書類は郵便しか無理だよねー、という余裕があったということか、、。

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