Archive for the 'Liechtenstein' Category

QR code on stamps / 切手にQRコード

March 10, 2013

2011 Liechtenstein
‘150 Years of Future’

QR ( Quick Response ) code was invented in Japan in 1994, originally for sorting parts on Toyota production lines.  After 19 years they are used everywhere – naturally on stamps, too.  Post offices in Spain, Taiwan, Russia, Iceland and Croatia have issued similar stamps.

I have installed an application of QR code reader on my iPhone – then what I found via this stamp is a boring cover page of a bank in Liechtenstein.  Well, this bank is 150 years old… then?  This is the latest phenomenon of hyper disappointment, isn’t it?  I don’t like this tendency that the postage stamps are used for advertisement, at all!



Easter Eggs / イースターエッグ

March 30, 2010

5 March 2001 Liechtenstein
design: Silvia Ruppen
engrave: Wolfgang Seidel

This Friday is beginning of Easter holidays and there are a lots of egg and rabit displays in town – it celebrates arrival of spring.

Pictured eggs are from Russia, sliver egg (top) and Cloisonné enamel (bottom) both from Imperial Workshop in St. Petersburg, around 1896 – 1908.  First Day Cover and history of Russian Easter Eggs are here. One of those workshops, Fabergé made highly decorative egg ornaments called Fabergé Eggs for emperors – the last emperors of Russia.

These two stamps are from a set of three and the third one (2 CHF) was awarded second prize at Grand Prix WIPA 2001 in Vienna – so, it was sold out at the Postal Museum at Vidaz, Liechtenstein and I don’t have it.  Not easy to take photo, but they have beautiful background print, as well as precision engrave of craft works.




moustache racing / 立派なヒゲ競争

July 21, 2009

5 September 1988, Liechtenstein
Olympic Games, Seoul
illustration: Paul Flora / engrave: Wolfgang Seidel

A series of stamps celebrating Summer Olympic at Soul, Korea (above 2) and Winter Olympic in Calgary (below 3).