Posts Tagged ‘スウェーデン切手’

Impossible object 3 / 不可能図形 3

August 22, 2018

16 February 1982, Sweden
“Impossible Object”
designer: Oscar Reutersvärd
engraver: Czesław Słania

The third stamp designed by Oscar Reutersvärd.  This one is also, is not possible to exist in the three-dimensional world.  A visual trick of perspective in a subtle and somehow gentle way – I like it!


Impossible object 2 / 不可能図形 2

August 8, 2018

16 February 1982, Sweden
“Impossible Object”
designer: Oscar Reutersvärd
engraver: Czesław Słania

The second stamp designed by Oscar Reutersvärd.  Again, not possible to exist in the three-dimensional world, thus called Impossible Object.


Impossible object / 不可能図形

July 19, 2018

16 February 1982, Sweden
“Impossible Triangle”
designer: Oscar Reutersvärd
engraver: Czesław Słania

Nine cubes are floating in the air – and if you look closely, you notice that this is an “impossible object“.  Oscar Reutersvärd is an artist who started to draw these figures earlier than Escher, in the 1930s when he was still 18 years old – and he made a lot.  It seems this stamp was designed by him, and engraved by Slania.  What a gorgeous collaboration yet humble looking – a stamp treasure!


octahedron / 正八面体

June 22, 2018

12 January 2012, Sweden
designer: Fideli Sundqvist
engraver: Piotr Naszarkowski

This is an outline of an Octahedron, which is one of the five Platonic Solids.  Only five polyhedra have equal shapes of faces and vertex with the same numbers of edges meeting at equal angles! ( well, for a lot of people it is a matter of fact…  I am amazed, though )

I like to see polyhedra with hidden lines behind the front faces.  So, this is my favourite model, as well as being a crisp intaglio print.  I would be so pleased if I received a letter with this stamp on it!



radio tower / ラジオ塔

April 24, 2017

23 September 2005, Sweden
Varberg Radio Station, Grimeton
designer: Hannu Jarvio / engraver: Piotr Naszarkowski

I really like the lattice towers.  They are designed purely for function – built as high as possible with  a minimum of materials, the wind passes through otherwise it would topple down in a storm.

This stamp is looking up at one of 6 transmitters at the radio station at Varberg in Sweden, built in 1922 to 1924.  Now it is classified as a World Heritage Site and opened to public on Alexanderson Day.



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.



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!





with a suit of armour / 甲冑をまとって

March 30, 2014

6 April 1970, Sweden
Seal of Duke Erik Magnusson (1282–1318)
design & engrave: Heinz Gutschmidt

I did not post any stamp for a month and a half – I had been living with a great anxiety about my first long trip to Japan since I had medical treatment last September.  I had my Meningioma, a type of tumour, removed in a long operation. It had been growing for many years just behind of my left eye.  After that I had Gamma Knife surgery, a type of radiotherapy treatment.  When the doctor said I was OK for long flights, I booked my trip to see my family and friends, who had been concerned about me.

Psychological preparation before the departure was more difficult than the bag packing – Anyway, I did make a trip, saw loving people and got back to home.  I could not contact many people who were worrying about me – but it was all I could do to complete this first mission after half a year, without fainting or getting worn-out too badly…  I needed a full suit of armour and a crested horse ( my partner who supported me during this trip ), really.





bugle horn and horse 3 / 馬と角笛 その3

February 10, 2014

20 February 1986, Sweden
350th Anniversary of Post Office
designer: G. Österlund
engraver: Z. Jakus

The delivery man is blowing the bugle horn with all his might, and – very rare to see a horse with scary eye.


horsepower mail coach / 三馬力の郵便荷車

January 23, 2014

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.




rural landscape and horse / 田園と馬

January 20, 2014

8 June 1946, Sweden
Centenary of Swedish Agricultural Show
designer: O. Sköld
engraver: S. Ewert

According to a book titled “What on Earth Happened?”, churches owned horses and cleared a lot of woodland, then rent those reclaimed land to farmers – that was the largest force of destruction of ancient forests in the Medieval Europe.

This Swedish stamp is showing a mother horse and a pony in the agricultural field – it rather looks peaceful now, though.



ploughing horse / 鋤を曳く馬

January 10, 2014

17 January 1994, Sweden
North Sweden Horses
designer: L. Hasselberg
engraver: L. Sjööblom

About 6000 years ago, the ancient people started to domesticate horses.  Around 10th century in Europe, people started to use horse powered plough and that helped to speed up cultivation.  Until the tractors were invented in 19th century, horses provided power for agriculture and supported increasing population on the earth.

North Swedish horses have long mane and gentle eyes in these stamps.



roses? / バラじゃなくても

February 14, 2013

2 January 1997, Sweden
designer: Olöf Baldursdóttir

St. Valentine’s Day.
I believe that a card with sincere words would deliver your love – you don’t have to buy expensive roses, artificially grown towards today and transported from the far end of the globe!  The best solution for a remote love is using a stamp like this…

Have a lovely day!



seasonal journey / 渡り鳥

November 11, 2012

10 November 1971, Sweden
Nils Hogersson on Goose
from “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils” by Selma Lagerlöf
designer: P. Pettersson
engraver:  Czesław Słania

Yesterday afternoon I saw a group of birds in the sky, in formation flight heading South.  Too far away to identify, but I guess they are migrating Geese.  That V shape reminded me of this stamp, engraved by  Czesław Słania.  Let’s enlarge a beautiful detail…


“The Wonderful Adventures of Nils” was an animated film on TV when I was a child in Japan and it is evocative for me.  Because of that TV series, I still imagine a little boy on one of the Geese when I see the V-shaped formation of migrating birds.



Bakelite telephone / ベークライト電話

April 12, 2012

10 March 1976, Sweden
Telephone Centenary
designer: Tom Hultgren
engraver: Zlatko Jakus

This telephone was already retro when the stamp was issued – the central image is an Ericsson DBH 1001 model, designed in 1929 by Norwegian designer Jean Heiberg.  I was reading about the development of the telephone, then found this picture in the article!

A line drawing of an earlier telephone receiver is on top and an electric circuit is framing this stamp – technical but somehow enchanting – a celebration of the great invention, which has turned into the now indispensable article.

この切手が出た時、この電話機はすでにレトロなデザインだったはず、、、と思いつつ電話機の歴史を読んでいて、この写真を見つけて嬉しくなりました。エリクソンDBH 1001型は1929年にノルウェー人の手でデザインされ、工業化が可能になった初期のプラスティック、ベークライトで作られました。


print method and motif / モチーフと印刷

February 5, 2012

2 January 1996, Sweden
Wildlife / West European Hedgehog
design: B Lundwall
engrave: P Naszarkowski

When the chosen motif and printing method are matching together – the result is good.  This stamp with two colour intaglio depicts spiky needles of a Hedgehog very well, as well as the atmosphere of this animal at the bottom of hedges.

From my previous post, I think the head beam of a car by Lithography technique works well – density control of blue and yellow – but the Hedgehog is not so well depicted as this example.



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.




big appetite in autumn / 食欲の秋

October 6, 2011


10 March 2005, Sweden
Europa / Gastronomy
design: Jenny Halling Sjostedt

There is a saying in Japan that your appetite grows in autumn.  Yes, I have eaten a lot in Istanbul last week and now here in Tokyo.  My appetite will be more developed in Hiroshima in the next week, then I will start to miss my everyday meal in London.

This is the third radish stamp in my collection.  In Europe, now is the time to make preserved food, the grace of forest.



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.



the power of the spiral / うずまきの力

July 7, 2011


9 February 1970, Sweden
Memorial Cross, Ekshärad churchyard
Weathervane, Soderala Church
engrave: M. Franzén (5ö) and H. Gutschmidt (30ö)

One of the features which catches my eye when I see ironwork is the spiral.  There is some kind of power there, especially when they exist in numbers.  A lot of spirals – somehow makes me stare at them and be hypnotised.

This series of stamps, definitives from Sweden, are simple and powerful examples to reproduce the power of the spiral.