horsepower mail coach / 三馬力の郵便荷車

January 23, 2014

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28 September 1971, Sweden
engraver: Czesław Słania

Speed was one of the reasons why horses had been used for transportation, obviously.  So, they were the main motive power for the postal services, too.

This great piece of work by the engraver Czesław Słania shows, the express-speed of a three horsepower wagon with postal horn mark on.  You may hear the creak noise together with the clatter of hoofs.

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荷物や情報を運ぶために馬が使われた理由が、その速さであることは明らかです。手紙を運ぶ郵便事業も、始めは馬脚に頼っていたのでした。

凹版彫刻師のスラニアが手がけたこの切手は、3頭の馬が引っぱって疾走する角笛のマークのついた郵便荷車を描いています。ひずめの音が聞こえてきそうな、馬が地を蹴るスピード感の表現がすばらしいです。

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