lattice tower 3 / 鉄塔 その3

June 19, 2013

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1 September 1947, Italy
50th Anniversary of Radio
design: R. Garrasi

I did not post anything for a month… and am still looking at stamps with lattice tower…

But a book which I have just finished has revised my view on these Italian stamps.  “Clouds above the Hill” by Shiba Ryotaro told me how important telecommunication facilities were already during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 – 1905, both at the War front, as well as international newspapers which put great pressure on the Russian emperor to accept America’s mediation offer.

Similar to aviation and other heavy industries, telecommunication was developed with national needs and energy – yes, it was looked up at with awe and could be possessed by higher existence.

この前にポストしたのは一月前なのに、まだ鉄塔の切手を眺めているわたし。

ただ、この一月に司馬遼太郎の著作『坂の上の雲』1〜8巻を読み、その舞台であった日露戦争の1905年ごろすでに、長距離通信が国の命運を変えるほどに重要であったことを知ったので、以前はくすっと笑っていたこの神がかった切手への見方が変わりました。日本海海戦の作戦をたてた参謀が、なくてはならない存在だった通信器具を開発した技師を戦後に訪ね、仕事ぶりに礼を言った、という逸話が、この切手の持つ雰囲気と重なります。

飛行技術や重工業などと同じく、通信技術も当時は国の運命を賭した事業だったのですね。それにしてもイタリア、仰ぎ見るアングルと、上空に君臨する厳しい目の天使が劇的です。

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