Archive for the '-tent & mobile home' Category

circus horse / サーカスの馬

December 31, 2014


10 October 1987, Sweden
Bicentenary of Circus in Sweden
designer: Eva Jern / engraver: Czesław Słania

The final stamp of the year of the Horse is the work of a master craftsman – a rather unusually colourful Slania.

A brave design – the country name is written around the low circuit handrail, and well, missing the last E – but that seems nothing for them in comparison to a cool design.  It is obvious that Slania is more interested in depicting the horse than the girl on top of it, and also took time on the facial expressions of the audience in the dark.

This is the 28th stamp of horses since this January and I have 70 more…  Let’s wait for 12 years to feature them all!





100 years scouting / ボーイスカウト100年

August 14, 2011

27 April 2007, Switzerland
Centenary of Scouting
design: Marc Waller

Another triangular stamp – in the shape of a tent.  I would imagine that in the early time of scouting, boys and girls were not together in a tent!… now they are happily on one site and enjoying new freedoms.

Each face pictured here remainds me someone I know – it is strange, though.



flying pigeons / 飛び立つハト

August 11, 2011

12 April 1954, Monaco
‘Pigeons released from mobile loft’
design and engraving: Raoul Serres

Following a Dove stamp from Switzerland, I pick up this from Monaco.  I did not know that people had this mobile Homing pigeon hut until seeing this stamp.  Pigeon keeping was popular from ancient times until the 1960’s, as they delivered communication materials. A Pigeon-Gram service even existed at the end of 18th century to the early 19th century.  Domestic pigeons also provided valuable manure for farmers – thus many beautiful Dovecotes still exist.


girl scout 2 / ガールスカウト2

August 4, 2011

19 January 1957, Philippines
Girl Scout World Camp at Quezon City

The girl scouts movement started in Japan in 1920, but in the Philippines it started 63 years earlier, in 1857.  This clover leaf is the emblem of the girl scouts.  Simple and clean design, with four tents behind a silhouette of a girl, with a streak of cooking smoke… I get hungry somehow.

p.s. The Scouting Movement started 1907 – it seems the year 1857 on this stamps has nothing to do with the Scounting… a bit of mystery remains.



girl scout / ガールスカウト

August 3, 2011

26 July 1970, Japan
50th Anniversary of Girl Scouts Movement
design: Takao Yamanouchi

I didn’t know the three-fingered salute of girl scouts until seeing this stamp.  Always I admire cool girls who can make strong knots and make fire in the field with a practiced hand.  If I knew this uniform, I could have been a member straight away, too…



camping in the rain / 雨天キャンプ

July 31, 2011

17 May 1989, Sweden
Summer Activites
design: R. Eriksson

I am kind of traumatised by my first experience in camping – heavy rain was too loud to sleep, my brand new trainers went totally brown in muddy ground next morning.  It was the last camping memory and I have not gone back to the fields to sleep since.

In recent years it seems I am wanting to go back – I bought a set of stackable wine glasses, enamel mugs and a kettle and even a collapsible coffee dripper.  I cannot resist compactness and devices for mobility.  Well, I have to buy a tent, then.



igloo / 氷の家

January 6, 2010

4 September 1986, Greenland

In Epping forest near London, snow has fallen about 20cm high today.  There were two boys bravry making an igloo on a golf course in the forest – but they did not have art to complete round roof, unfortunately.

This stamp shows ordinary life in cold Greenland, igloo making, hunting and sledge sliding, with clean and warm lines.