bird is hand / 小鳥がつまむ小枝

January 10, 2017

24 October 1959, Tunisia
Red Cross Day

Tunisia was a part of France until 1956 and their stamps often show influences of French design.  But this bright one, only three years after the independence, shows they are clearly developing in their own aesthetics.  The blue bird looks fingers pinching a twig – thus categolised in ‘hand’.

It is unfortunate but the country is recently opposite to this optimistic atmosphere.

チュジジアは1956年までフランスの植民地だったので、古い切手にはフランスの影響が見えます。けれど独立3年後にしてこんなカラフルな切手を発行し、この切手では独自の道を歩んでいることを訴えているようです。水色の鳥は小枝をつまんでいる指にも見えるので、手の切手のカテゴリーに。

極右のイスラム教の影響が広がり、チュニジアはこんな楽観的な雰囲気ではなくなっているようで、気がかりです。

 

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