Archive for the '1980-84' Category

saving hand / 貯める手

February 18, 2017


1981 Israel
Energy Conservation

The light bulb is a symbol of energy and pink hand stocks saving.  Strong colours and bold lines to express – but without words, not telling me the intention of design straight away.  Does it tell to you?


hand squeezes sun / 太陽をしぼる手

February 8, 2017


1981 Israel
Solar Energy

A hand is squeezing solar energy from the sun.  With my Eastern origin, this concept is rather difficult to understand.  But this stamp shows me an active attitude towards the energy problem – we need a big hand to squeeze the sun to use its benefits to the last drop.  But how big should this hand be?  Well, the size of the hand of God!


handover / 世代を引き継ぐ手

December 4, 2016


22 April 1980, Sweden
designer: G. Oddner (1.60K) & S.-E. Delér (1.40K)
engraver: Zlatko Jakus

Two stamps to show caring minds and also handover of generations.  I have been thinking about change of generations – very personal matter, as well as a part of long human history.  Hands represent one’s wish, to be treated with dignity and supportive mind for growing ones.

Wrinkled hand is depicted warmly by fine intaglio engraving.  Humble, yet strong stamps.



hand in hand / 手と手をつなぐ

August 19, 2016


29 May 1980, Canada
design: Rolf P. Harder

It took me two and a half months to get round to writing a new post – but I am still interested in stamps with hands.  I am impressed by this endurance of attraction.

This strong design is about hand in hand – simple, and delivers a message for help and coexistence.  This stamp is featured on the cover of a wonderful book called Graphic Stamps, published this June in London.  Hands are in two different metallic colours.


この切手は、リハビリテーションというテーマを手のモチーフで力強く表現している秀作です。この6月にロンドンの出版社から発表された『Graphic Stamps』という素敵な本の表紙に使われています。手は2色のメタリック。

rainbow Love / ♡な日が近い

February 12, 2015

*exch. 064  ( limited number )

31 January 1984, USA

St. Valentine’s Day is soon.  I know the chocolate shops in Japan are in the busiest time of the year.  Here in East London, where Christians could be a minority group, you can see modest red hearts only in the supermarket check-out area.

I like the font on this stamp and I discovered that it is called ‘Bodoni‘ designed in 1798 by Giambattista Bodoni – a 226 year old font!   It is interesting to learn that the typographer is already a recognised profession in Europe at that time, alongside the rapid development of Letterpress printing since the 15th century.



farm produce & horse / 農作物と馬

January 20, 2014


5 October 1983, United Kingdom
British Fairs / Early Produce Fairs
design: Andrew Restall

Another stamp from UK, depicts horses as a part of a summer farm fair.  They transported vegetables and geese to the farmer’s markets.

And a cat.



Hippocampus / 魚の尾をもつ馬

January 9, 2014


18 June 1983, France
50th anniversary of Air France
design: C. Andréotto

I thought Unicorn stamp might be in my collection – did not find one, but instead I found Hippocampus – another mythological creature, a horse in its forepart with a coiling fish-shaped hindquarter.


The Hippocamp was the company logo when Air France was first founded in 1933.  Together with the strips used for the tail assembly, design of this stamp is cool.



telecommunication / 遠距離通信

June 1, 2012

1980 Brazil
15 years of Embratel
design: Gian Calvi

Issued in 1980, this stamp shows six different ways of sending messages to a remote place – I am not sure what the left hand side top image indicates, though…  Middle one on the right hand side is a punch card.  My mother (born 1937) was a forefront key puncher from 1955 in the Mazda car factory.  The recording efficiency has been dramatically improved since!

I like this simple composition and modest colours.



five continents / 五大陸

March 3, 2012

1984 Czechoslovakia
Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles

The five colours of the Rainbow Jersey – Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red – are representing five continents.  And yes, I finally realise that they are the same colours to make Olympic symbols, which was designed in 1912.  Now I learnt that each colour represents Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and North & South America in that order.

This stamp shows a track race, nearing the finish – the sprinter in front is a little behind the other – but for sure, he will be the winner as the other racer is distracted by the speed of the guy in the Czech national jersey.



saving squirrels / 貯蓄リス

January 31, 2012


12 May 1980, Sweden
‘Home’ Rebate stamp
design: M. Gavler

Since December I had this incident twice – I slammed on the brakes when I was almost running over a squirrel, which was tottering across the road.  They were both plump, had well-rounded bottom.  I though that was because we had a mild winter and they came out from hibernation too early – but someone told me that squirrels in London never hibernate, as they can find food all year round.

Well, maybe the squirrels don’t symbolize Savings any more – but those winter squirrels are certainly saving some fat on their body.  Better to watch out for little fluffy animals on the road, not to make them a victim of a traffic accident.

This stamp was in a booklet, which was distributed to all households in Sweden and they were valid for inland postage only, and gave a rebate on the normal cost for postcards and letters up to 100g.  This is why there is no face value.




dragon and lion / 龍とライオン

January 3, 2012

1982 Hong Kong

After a pair of Dragon and Tiger, next one is the Dragon and Lion on both sides of the Queen.

It is obvious that the lion with a crown is the sovereign Britain and the dragon is the symbol of Hong Kong.  Their paws are wide open, eyes are slanted upward and tongues are stuck out – they seem not to be in a peaceful relationship at all.  15 years to go for the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong.  Brave postal officers.  Sharrrrrrr.



energy recycling / エネルギーリサイクリング

March 30, 2011


1 August 1981, Japan
Energy Recycling
design: Hideo Toyomasu ( competition winner )
layout: Yoshiaki Kikuchi

Another stamp in the same set as the previous post, ‘save energy’.  When this stamp was issued, energy recycling did not yet mean ‘renewable’ in Japan, where the mainstream of energy discussion was around building more and more nuclear power plants.

Now, after the tsunami has made the cooling system of the Fukushima power plant disabled, people started to discuss the dangers of having 54 nuclear power plants on the edge of tectonics – and the 300 year long problem of how to keep nuclear waste safe.  I am shocked myself how I did not pay attention to the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, until this large scale distruction. This is going to be a problem all over the world – 531 existing and under construction plus on-going plans of nuclear power plants, if the buildings are not standing there for ever.




save energy / 省エネルギー

March 23, 2011


1 August 1981, Japan
Energy Saving
design: Sakae Maejima ( competition winner )
layout: Fumito Otani

It is not well broadcast abroad that in most of Tokyo people are having planned power cuts, up to 3.5 hours a day.  Many shops are open with reduced illumination, as well as in stations.  They must have a difficult time, even if they expect the black out they have to build their life around it.  But there are some positive comments on their situation – one found that the stars are so beautiful when the street lamps are out, another thought a restaurant was nice and intimate with a table lamp.

I thought I could find several stamps about Energy Saving, but found only a set of two, which were issued in 1981, just after the second oil crisis.  Since then people forgot to think about it for long time and power plants were built to sustain our wasteful habits.




under the Mistletoe / ヤドリギの飾り

December 18, 2010


19 November 1980, UK

design: J. Matthews

This snow makes airports closed, rail and tube largely suspended.  The roads are all covered with White and too scary to drive…  Let’s make our home warm and cosy for a long stay!

I specially like the Mistletoe and apples decoration of the top stamp.  Mistletoe is recently recognised in the important role of biological diversity in the wood, because it provides rich food and a base for birds nests.



cooking beauty / 台所美人

November 29, 2010

*exch. 044 & 045 ( two together )

20 April 1983, Japan
Philatelic Week
‘Kitchen Beauties’ by Utamaro ( 1753? – 1806 )
stamp design: Yoshiaki Kikuchi

This kitchen might be located in a house or outside – so, I sort it in ‘food and cooking’ category.  The original woodblock print is in the collection of Tokyo National Museum, as well as Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

This stamp is well representing details – coiled handles on boiling pot, delicate patterns on Kimono, smoke comes out from the cooker and a lot more.  It is great pleasure to inspect it with a magnifier.


原画:喜多川歌麿 ( 宝暦3年? – 文化3年 )『台所美人』



water a tree / 日中青年友好

March 1, 2010

24 September 1984, China
Plan of ‘China-Japan Youth Centre’
design: 鄒建軍

In 1984, there was a discussion between China and Japan to establish this centre in order to induce cultural and economical exchange of young generations.  These stamps were issued to promote the plan.  The centre was built finally in 1991 in Beijing – so, it was a bit like watering a small plant to grow a tree.  I have not found any stamp to celebrate its completion, yet.

Following lastest three posts, which I happened to feature Japanese kimono girls, I am introducing these stamps from China.  3 March is a Girl’s Day in Japan.



Japanese songs / 林静一の少女の横顔

February 21, 2010


10 March 1981 Japan
Japanese Song Series
‘Hana’ composed by Rentaro Taki (1879-1903)
illustration: Seiichi Hayashi (1945 – )

One of the stamps issued Japanese songs popular in musical educations.  The illustrator was a commercial animator before becoming an illustrator.  His lines and colours are very much suitable for stamp format and on the matured end of ‘kawaii’ kind, for me.



18 September 1980
Japanese Song Series
‘Song of Beaches’ by Tamezo Narita (1893-1945)
illustration: Seiichi Hayashi (1945 – )


日本の歌シリーズ 第7集

Black Ship Inn / 竹久夢二『黒船屋』

February 14, 2010


27 October 1980 Japan
‘Kurofune-ya’ painting by Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934)

The artist Yumeji Takehisa was an early example of commercial illustratior and graphic designer, as well as a poet.  He was one of first artists who went abroad, tried to open a school for illustration and design.

This was painted on rolled silk on paper as ‘hanging’, around 1919.  The title of this painting ‘Black Ship Inn’ came from the wodden box the model is sitting on – a sign of an inn named after a large ship from America, led by Matthew C. Perry.  This ship, first arrived to Japan in 1853,  was the direct force for Edo Shogun to open the counrty.  Later, the image of Black Ship was turned positive, as symbol of Westernising and industrial development.

原画:竹久夢二 (明治17 – 昭和9)


gastronomical season / ごちそうの季節

December 25, 2009


23 February 1980, France
French Gastronomical Exhibition, Paris
design & engrave: C. Guillame

Christmas Day.  To whom not really religious or not Christian, this day in the UK is for family gathering, eating and drinking.  Yes, I am full!

This stamp is named ‘gastronomie française’ and shows lobster, roasted meat with gravy, wine, variety of cheese and ‘petit fours’.  I am glad this is not multi coloured – otherwise  I do not want to see this today.



road signs / 道路標識

November 9, 2009


1 March 1983 Netherland
100 years of A.N.W.B.
design by Hans Kruit and René van Raalte

ANWB stands for Algemene Nederlandse Wielrijders Bond (Dutch automobile association).  This is designed in typical manner of 1980’s Doutch stamps, with a lot of informatio in multicolour, together with photograph – but done in nice way.