small banana

小さなバナナ切手

1978 Tonga

It is obvious that self-adhesive stamp can made in flexible shapes.  This banana stamp is from Tonga, where the world first self-adhesive stamp was issued from.  This one is clearly inspired by the commercial stickers which are used for showing the origin of fruits – this is why it is very small, end to end is about 2.5 cm.

I would be very pleased to receive a letter with this stamp from Tonga.  They are now exporting a lot of pumpkins to Japan.

シール式切手のいちばんの特徴は自由な形にできること。1963年に世界初のシール式切手を発行した国であるトンガのこの切手は、その代表格ですね。斜めの最長サイズが2.5センチと小さく、果物の産地を示すために貼る輸出用のシールを模している、粋なデザインです。

どこの植民地にもならなかったオセアニアに浮かぶ王国の歴史を、切手からたどって読みました。トンガ産のカボチャが毎年たくさん日本に届いているようです。

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