Posts Tagged ‘1960’s stamp’

ant on hand / 手のひらの蟻

June 7, 2016


3 June 1961, Monaco
Nature Preservation
designer:  J. E. Lorenzi
engraver: Gandon

Hands are often depicted as icons.  Here is another stamp from Monaco, which does not really express the stated concept of nature preservation, but is nicely drawn with beautiful colours.



happy monkey year / 謹賀新年

January 1, 2016

*exch. 068  ( limited number )

11 December 1967, Japan
New Year of 1968, ‘Rising Monkey’ – toy from Miyazaki

I wish you a happy new year of 2016!

As you may notice by now, this is the year of the monkey in Eastern zodiac astrology.  This stamp is depicting a monkey toy, which slides up a pole somehow.  The round thing on it back is a drum for traditional Japanese music.

I notice that the last post I made was in August last year…  I hope to have more time and space in my mind to view and feature stamps here this year.




sincere kawaii / 誠実かわいい

July 16, 2015


1968, Argentina

Some stamps are made for public campaign with serious theme – and they need to reach their correct audience.  As a result, some of the road safety stamps are often cute.  This one from Argentina has children in rigid manner, but helped by bright colours and hand sticks out from the background frame, it is lifted to kawaii field.


matured / 歳を重ねる

February 1, 2015


20 November 1962, Romania
Prime Farm Stock, Lamb and Ram
design:  I. Untch

How fast January has passed and this feeling is growing stronger every year!  Events over Christmas and the New Year made me think about the fact that we all are getting older year by year.  OK, we have to accept it naturally and let’s call it becoming mature, rather than getting old – we might be ‘fermenting’ in other words..

A vulnerable and cute Lamb is grown into a tough Ram in a few years –  well, these stamps give us a completely different impression.  Some character has gone, but another is developing.



jump over a hurdle / ハードルを越えた

December 29, 2014


15 June 1960, Poland
Olympic Games, Rome
design: S. Malecki

This year has passed very fast – OK, this is a fact that each year passes faster than the previous one!  And at least I feel that I have jumped over a hurdle and am getting back to normal.

I like the graceful design of this Polish stamp – do you notice the embossed figure other the horse and rider?  But I was puzzled by the mention of Berlin 1936 here… then I found out that the rider was one of the Polish successes in the previous notorious Olympic Games of that year.



mono colour and strong 2 / 単色で強い切手 その2

December 5, 2014


25 May 1963, Czechoslovakia
60th Anniversary of Moravian Teachers Singing Club
designer: K. Šolínský / engraver: L. Jilka

This stamp will make an envelope cheerful and its strength is based on the spontaneous lines, together with hand written letters, I guess.  And its vigorous lines are all engraved with great patience!


State Crest / 州の紋章

August 27, 2014


3 December 1963, Madagascar
State crest of Antsirabe, Tulear and Majunga
design of coat of arms: Robert Louis & Suzanne Gauthier

Not only the nation or the head of state have their coat of arms – almost all states, cities and towns in Europe and their colonies have their heraldry.  Here some modern design of states in Madagascar.

For example of the last one of Majunga – shows Baobab tree from the region and three boats, indicating that Majunga ( Mahajanga ) is a harbour town.  Yes, they must have crocodiles in their region, too.

This summer I met a young French designer who has her family origin from Madagascar.  It was a lovely encounter with her, to know her poetic approach in her creations.





pre heraldry / 紋章のルーツ

June 28, 2014


14 October 1966, United Kingdom
900th Anniversary of Battle of Hastings
design: David Gentleman

The heraldry was born from the marks on the battle shields used by the medieval knights.  The shields in these stamps show one of the most early primitive signs of families or individuals, used to classify the foe and ally.

These stamps are based on Bayeux Tapestry, depicted the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  They give us some idea of how brutal those battles were.  Even a thief is taking cloth off a dead body and the silhouette of the Queen is looking at that scene rather calmly.





year of horse started / 午年、明けました

January 3, 2014


6 February 1969, Germany
for the youth: Horses
Thoroughbred / Draft horse / Pony / Warmblood

Happy New Year to you all!

2014 is the year of the Horse. The sexagenary cycle is completed with 12 animals and my icon of the zodiac is horse – I was born 48 years ago.  That year was a little special ‘Fire Horse‘ and birthrate of the year in Japan was 25% decreased than the year before.

During the last month, I read a book titled “What on Earth Happened?” and learnt how significant the domestication of horse was in the ancient world.  Horses were used to plough fields, to communicate with speed and to fight in wars.  I have more than 80 stamps with horses depicted and I am featuring several of them in coming posts.

First set is from Germany and from the top, I would nickname them form the top ‘sublime horse’, ‘heavy horse’, ‘friendly pony’ and ‘speedy horse’.






not too late / 今も支援が必要です

December 30, 2013


1963 Philippines
100 years of Red Cross

Tomorrow is the last day of this year – and one of the things I should not forget is there are still a thousands of people do not have their secure houses to sleep in peace.  Still not too late to support them through Red Cross in your country.  In the UK, the link is here.


grapefruit / グレープフルーツ

September 29, 2013


1967 Cameroon

Another African stamp showing Grapefruits – a friend of mine told me that Japan is importing them this season.

Cameroon was a German colony between 1884 – 1922, after then it became a French and British colony.  This stamp was issued several years after the country became independent.  This design is trying to depart from French and British stamp design heritage – and it is strong as a result.



African intaglio prints / アフリカ凹版切手

September 24, 2013


1962 Gabon
grapefruit & coconut

Many African stamps have influences from their old suzerain country and many intaglio stamps are made with the influence of French postal history.  In my ‘print: intaglio‘ topic, I featured five African stamps in the last three months.

These stamps are made with a creative sketch style engraving and a radical shape.  They look exotic and seasonal.

アフリカの切手からは、植民地時代の宗主国の影響が強く読み取れます。このガボンからの切手はフランスの凹版切手の影響が強く、「print: intaglio」のここ3か月に掲載した5種類のアフリカの切手もすべて元フランスの植民地の発行でした。


combing hair / くしけずる

September 13, 2013

*exch. 062 ( one mint only )

20 April 1969, Japan
“Hair”  (1931)  by Kobayashi Kokei ( 1883-1957 )
Philatelic Week
layout: Hideo Hasebe

This was the first Japanese stamp featuring a painting of a topless female.  The artist Kobayashi Kokei was living in London between 1922 – 1923, where he copied Gu Kaizhi‘s “Admonitions Scroll‘ exhibited at the British Museum.

In this piece, he painted very delicate hair lines and the younger sister combing it, as well as depicting the fashion colours of 1930’s Japan.  His house was planned by Isoya Yoshida and it is reconstructed next to his museum in Jōetsu City.


女性の上半身裸が初めて日本の切手になったのは1969年です。画家の小林古径は1922年から翌年までロンドンに住んでいて、大英博物館で展示されていた顧 愷之(344-405)の作品「女史箴図巻」を模写して線描の練習をしたそうです。


backstroke / 背泳

August 20, 2013


1965 Mali
African Games at Brazzaville

One more swimming stamp from Republic of Mali, issued for a celebration of African Games in the capital of Congo.  Another simple intaglio stamp with vivid colours and dynamic movement.


diversity in Tour? / ツールにも多様性?

July 23, 2013


27 Feburary 1960, Togo
Olympic Games, California & Rome
designer: M. Shamir / engraver: Claude Durrens

The Tour de France 2013 winner Chris Froome is Kenyan-born British and he says that he wishes to inspire young cyclists from Africa.  To celebrate the future diversity in this sport, I feature this mellow coloured yet crisp stamp from Togo.

By the way – it is a terrible choice of picture in the BBC article – is it only me that thinks so?



in the Arctic seas / 北の海

July 21, 2013


10 April 1968, Canada
Narwhal, Monodon monoceros
design: John Alexander Crosby

This image, again showing below and above the sea – looks cool, too.  Narwhals are living in the Northern sea, where icebergs are floating around.  The long tusk is a sensory organ to detect temperature and atmospheric pressure.. amazing!


in the water / 水の中

July 19, 2013


29 Jan 1962, Niger
‘Protection of Wildlife’
design & engraving:  Jacques Combet

It has been 10 days since ‘the real summer’ arrived.  The indoor temperature is gradually rising – but last night we had a nice cool breeze and I felt refreshed as if I am dipping myself in the cool water.

This stamp from Niger is showing the water surface as the central horizon and depictes above and below the water with two different green colours.  An African Manatee looks cool and content.



lattice tower / 鉄塔

May 9, 2013

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17 May 1965, Netherlands Antilles
Centenary of International Telecommunication Union
design: E. N. Ayubi

This is the 8th and the last stamp on the same theme of ITU – from a former constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the Caribbean.

The zig-zag arrow, in between two lattice towers, is expressing wireless communication over distance.  Cute!



orbit of satellite / 衛星の軌跡

April 29, 2013


6 October 1965, USA
Centenary of International Telecommunication Union

Crisp intaglio stamp from the USA on the same theme as the 1965 ITU – expressing its 100 years progress with Morse code and the tracks of communication satellites.  The Morse code can be read… itu itu itu and itu.  A simple yet well designed stamp, I would say.


electrical arrow / 電撃

April 23, 2013


1965 Bermuda
Centenary of International Telecommunication Union

I found more stamps issued for the same theme, the 1965 Telecommunication Union.  This set is from Bermuda, a British overseas territory, thus it has the silhouette of the Queen.  Apart from the Queen, the designer made his/her own interpretation on the ITU’s design guidance – the zig-zag arrow is extended, making a nice and simple composition.