Posts Tagged ‘東ドイツ切手’

icosahedron and Euler’s formula / 正二十面体とオイラーの多面体公式

September 19, 2018

6 September 1983, German Democratic Republic
Death Bicentenary of Leonhard Euler
design: A. Bengs

The out-line geometry is Icosahedron and the formula is thought by Euler on the right.  The formula is “v (vertices) – e (edges) + f (faces) = 2” in English.  Some people think this is very beautiful formula – well, for me as non-mathematician, polyhedra as three-dimensional objects are more attractive.

左に描かれている立体は正二十面体で、真ん中に「オイラーの多面体公式」があり、右がそのオイラー本人です。この公式は、( 頂点の数 )- (辺の数 )+ (面の数) = 2 というもので「世界で二番目に美しい数式」という本が上梓されていますが、、、数学者ではないわたしにとっては、立体の多面体のほうがよほど魅力的に映ります。

Rainbow jersey / マイヨ・アルカンシエル

February 28, 2012

3 August 1960, German Democratic Republic
Cycling World Championship
design: E. Schoner

In international cycling events, you see a rare few athletes wearing this jersey – 5 coloured stripes on a white background. They are called Rainbow jerseys and only World Champions of the time are allowed to wear them, and only in the discipline in which they won the Championship.

This stamp shows a racer Gustav-Adolf Schur of East Germany (via), who was twice the winner of the World Road Race Championship in 1950s.

Those racers look proud of wearing the Rainbow jersey, but they are also fighting against the ‘Curse of the rainbow jersey‘ – the champions are always challenged by competitors.





spectators / 観客の存在

February 21, 2012

3 August 1960, German Democratic Republic
Cycling World Championship
design: E. Schoner

It was interesting watching the Track Cycling World Cup highlights on TV this past weekend. Several athletes mentioned that they were supported by the spectator’s cheers a lot, especially when they were almost burnt out towards their goal.  It seems that cheers make a difference to achieve good competition and new records.

This stamp is showing a lot of spectators in a velodrome – although their faces are a bit expressionless…   I featured another stamp, which is showing spectators alongside the road to support Tour de France racers – in this case, they are more animated with their arms raised.



racers at Tokyo Olympic / 東京オリンピック

August 2, 2009

15 July 1964, German Democratic Republic
Tokyo Olympic
design: G. Stauf

The United Team of Germany won Gold Medal of Team pursuit, of Cycling at the 1964 Summer Olympics, Tokyo.  I guess this stamp celebrates that moment… or not – not really sure.


Road Safety / 交通安全

July 19, 2009

18 February 1969 DDR
5 Pfg: carefully + considerate
10 Pfg: always time orient
20 Pfg: precaution to railway crossing
25 Pfg: in doubtful case not overtake

Images are capturing trafic, but somehow very calm and static.