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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 03:05:20 am 
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Party time, circa 470 BC: Dancers in the Tomb of Triclinium, Tarquinia, engraved by Alceo Quieti, combined with lithogravure, and issued by San Marino on February 20, 1975, Scott No. 857, plus a photo of the original wall painting.

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Nice dancers nethryk. Here is a 1974 stamp from Sweden, celebrating the Centenary of the Publicists' Club (Swedish press and broadcasters' association). Engraved by C. Z. Slania, after a 1933 drypoint print, 'Mr Simmons', by the Swedish artist Axel Fridell (1894-1935). The British Museum holds a copy of the original print; the BM website says that the subject, Mr Simmons, who lodged at the same London guesthouse as Fridell, was drawn in London, but the background scene (the view from the artist's studio) was added later in Stockholm.

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This is another excellent engraving by Slania, on a stamp from the 1983 'Music in Sweden' set. (I have the whole set and will post scans later - brace yourselves for Abba, among others!) This stamp features the Swedish saxophonist, Lars Gullin (1928-76) who specialized in the relatively unusual baritone sax (pictured on the stamp). Gullin was voted 'Best Newcomer' in the 1954 poll in 'Downbeat' magazine. He played for a time with Lee Konitz, the renowned alto sax player. I hope this isn't too boring - I like music as well as engraved stamps... :D

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aardvark - Thanks. Your images look great, too, and your descriptions are illuminating. Coincidentally, yesterday, October 22, was Czesław Słania's birthday; were he still alive (he died in 2005), he would have been 90 years old. By all means, let's post more music topical stamps here in celebration of Czesław Słania's long and productive life. :D

The khene is a mouth organ of Lao origin whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown, creating a sound similar to that of the violin. Here are images of a stamp depicting a khene player, a dancer and a Buddhist temple, designed by Laotian painter Chamnane Prisayane, engraved by Jean Pheulpin, and issued by Laos on October 1, 1959, Scott No. 59, plus a photo of a khene player in the northeastern region of Thailand.

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[quote="nethryk"] Coincidentally, yesterday, October 22, was Czesław Słania's birthday; were he still alive (he died in 2005), he would have been 90 years old. By all means, let's post more music topical stamps here in celebration of Czesław Słania's long and productive life. :D
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To continue our musical celebration of SÅ‚ania's 90th birthday, here is the rest of that 'Music in Sweden' set. First, the whole set 'on cover' then the separate stamps (except for the 'jazz' one, see above), finally the explanatory note included with the set. Enjoy!

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nethryk - thanks again for those stamps showing the khene. I'd never heard (or even heard of) the instrument but have just been listening to some khene music on youtube - including a guy playing Irish reels on it, which is much nicer than I expected! Amazing how a wind instrument can sound so like a string one. Thanks for broadening my horizons yet again - and not just philatelic ones :)


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aardvark - You're very welcome. Here are images of another "music stamp" engraved by Czesław Słania, from an "Old-time Christmas" booklet, issued by Sweden on November 10, 1971, Scott No. 906, Facit No. 747, plus a photo of the painting after which this stamp was designed, Söndagsafton i en dalastuga (Sunday Evening in a Farmhouse [in Dalecarlia], 1860), depicting a father fiddling for his dancing children, by Swedish artist and painter Amalia Lindegren (1814-1891).

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All this talk about music, and oddly I just ran across a stamp depicting the instrument my brother played in the marching band. I think I can hum along to the tuba part in just about every song you will hear in a parade!

My nephew is following in my brother's footsteps, I just found out. :D

From Czechoslovakia . . . the Sousaphone. Named after John Phillip Sousa, the king of the march.
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Strike up the band! Here are images of the four stamps in a set depicting traditional Mauritanian musical instruments, designed and engraved by Georges Bétemps, and issued by Mauritania on March 8, 1965, Scott Nos. 186-189, SG Nos. 207-210.

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What a wonderful collection you have nethryk :!:

Back to the more mundane new issues.

From Czech Republic a postage stamp issued on 14 September 2011. Historic Organs, Plasy

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The second stamp from the Czech Republic. It was issued on 14 September 2011 and shows writer Frantisek Alexander Elstner.

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November is Aviation History Month in the USA. On October 15, 1913, the first experimental air mail service from Villacoublay (now a French Air Force base near Paris) to Pauillac (400km) was flown by Lieutenant Ronin to deliver mail to the mail steamer Peru for a French Caribbean destination. Here are images of an airmail stamp depicting the Morane-Saulnier Type H airplane piloted by Ronin and a map of his route, designed and engraved by Jacques Combet, and issued by France on October 14, 1978 to celebrate this feat, Scott No. C50, Y&T No. PA51, plus a photo of a Morane-Saulnier Type H.

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KevinHedley - Thanks. Isn't this a wonderful hobby?

Yes :!:

I am a birdwatcher because I like to study the habits of our feathered friends. My new hobby is stamp collecting and what I like to do is study the habits of we lunatics. :wink:

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Agustin Parlá Orduña, born in Key West on October 11, 1887, of Cuban parents exiled during the struggle for Cuba's independence, was the first person to fly 119 miles (192 km) over the sea from Key West, Florida to El Mariel, Cuba on May 19, 1913. Flying without instruments, Parlá piloted a Curtiss hydroplane powered by an 80 horsepower motor. Subsequently, Parlá was hailed as the "father of Cuban aviation." Here are images of the two engraved airmail stamps issued by Cuba on July 22, 1952 to commemorate the 39th anniversary of Parlá's flight, Scott Nos. C61 & C62, SG Nos. 605 & 606.

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On 20 June 2011 France featured Bicycles from the Origins to Present. Here is the minisheet and one of the stamps. If anyone wants large images of the other five stamps please let me know.

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Strangely, Sweden also issued a set of postage stamps featuring bicycles. It came out on 27 January 2011. Here is the first stamp with the rest in the next four posts.

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Sweden issued a set of postage stamps featuring bicycles on 27 January 2011. Here is the second stamp.

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Sweden issued a set of postage stamps featuring bicycles on 27 January 2011. Here is the third stamp.

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Sweden issued a set of postage stamps featuring bicycles on 27 January 2011. Here is the fourth stamp.

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Sweden issued a set of postage stamps featuring bicycles on 27 January 2011. Here is the fifth and final stamp.

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Here are images of a stamp depicting a Lioré-et-Olivier H.194 hydroplane and a portrait of French Navy Lt. Bernard, designed by Pierre Gandon, engraved by Roger Fenneteaux, and issued by Malagasy on April 28, 1967 to commemorate the first air link from Madagascar to France, achieved by Lt. Bernard and Master Bougault in 1926-27, Scott No. 401, plus a photo of a Lioré-et-Olivier H.194 seaplane.

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France marked the 250th Anniversary of the First Veterinary School in the World on 16 May 2011 with this stamp:

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I'm sure this has been on this thread before but I couldn't find it and it is worth seeing again. I recently posted this on the "Anything that floats" thread. I think it is Slania at his absolute best.
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Another item from France. This postage stamp was issued on 16 May 2011.

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jjarmstrong47 - All six of the superb stamps in Sweden's Göta Canal Scenes booklet, issued on May 7, 1979, were designed after photographs and engraved by Czesław Słania, Scott Nos. 1285-1290, Facit Nos. 1082-1087. Here are images of the complete booklet pane and of each of the stamps. Enjoy!

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Those canal stamps are so beautiful.

Back to 2011, specifically 6 April when the Czech Republic featured movie star Vlasta Burian on this postage stamp:

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Spain issued a stamp showing Marie Curie on 7 February 2011 as part of the International Year of Chemistry.

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Some time ago this engraving was mentioned in the thread, not sure if anyone ever put up a scan. It is Piotr Naszarkowski's homage to Czeslaw Slania in the form of the 24th Label for the boxers set.

It was initially issued imperf in 2005, and then the next year in the perforated version and a slightly different colour. I purchased both from the artist and he very kindly autographed them for me.

Piotr does work very much in the same style as Czeslaw Slania and worked with him on a number of projects, even finishing several of the stamp designs Czeslaw could not complete due to ill health.

My apologies for the slight slant on the scan - still getting the hang of it.

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French WW1 ace Charles Eugène Jules Marie Nungesser and fellow pilot François Coli made an unsuccessful (and presumably fatal, as they and their 1926 Levasseur PL.6 two-seat fighter aircraft, L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird), mysteriously disappeared enroute) attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York in early May, 1927. Two weeks later, Charles Lindbergh successfully made the New York–Paris journey and claimed the US$25,000 Orteig Prize for his flight. Here are images of a stamp depicting Nungesser, Coli and their aircraft, designed by Clément Serveau, engraved by Claude Durrens, and issued by France on May 8, 1967 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of this failed attempt, plus a contemporary postcard.

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I found this one earlier today. It kinda scares me. Especially the eyes on the two elephant heads hanging on each side. It is very eerie to say the least :shock:

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And there are these tigers from a set of stamps I purchased on Ebay a few weeks ago. Turns out that Ebayer only lives a few suburbs away in an area 'west of Woden'. And he is a member of these boards. Small world ...

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I love the detail in the tigers and the bamboo/grasses behind. These ones would have sent the poor engraver cross-eyed for sure!

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I was sorting through an old stockbook today and came across this. I know nothing about it but I think it is quite beautiful. I've started an album for stamps that are not part of anything I collect but I just like them. This will be added.
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The adult and child on the front steps of the building is a nice touch :D

Have you noticed where the building touches the right hand frame (at the third arch of the building). It is very confusing - like the engraver could not figure out where to end the picture design and where to start the border design. I am willing to bet the engraver gained some valuable experience from this one. An apprentice perhaps :?:

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pre_1912_thanks - The attractive definitive stamp posted above by jjarmstrong47 depicting "The Fountains of Suleiman " was engraved and printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co., London, and issued by Turkey (Ottoman Empire) either in 1913 (according to Stanley Gibbons, No. 507) or on January 14, 1914 (according to Scott, No. 262). The printing process used for this bicolor stamp necessitated passing the sheets through the printing presses twice (once for each color), which would account for the slight misalignment of the red-brown vignette with the slate gray border that you noted. Also, like other printing houses of that era, BW employed specialist engravers, so I would expect that at least two expert engravers worked on this stamp (one for the vignette picture, and another one for the border, lettering and numerals).

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Aviation history soars on: Louis Charles Joseph Blériot (1872-1936) was a French aviator, inventor and engineer. In 1909 he completed the first flight across a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft, when he crossed the English Channel. He was also the first person to construct a working, powered, piloted monoplane. Here are images of an airmail stamp depicting Blériot's monoplane and a map of his air route, designed and engraved by Achille Ouvré, and issued by France on September 1, 1934 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this achievement, Scott No. C7, Y&T No. PA7, plus a contemporary photo of the monoplane in flight which shows the overhead cabane fin which Blériot discarded before making the Channel flight.

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Between October 10, 1927 and April 14, 1928, starting from Paris, World War I French fighter ace Dieudonné Costes (1892-1973) and French aviator Joseph le Brix (1899-1931), flying a Bréguet 19GR biplane named Nungesser-Coli, made the first air crossing of the South Atlantic Ocean, and then flew around the world via Argentina, Brazil, the USA, Japan, India and Greece (however, they crossed the Pacific Ocean by ship). Here are images of an airmail stamp depicting the two pilots, their aircraft, and the globe, designed and engraved by Claude Andréotto, and issued by France on September 12, 1981, Scott No. C54, Y&T No. PA 55, plus a photo of a Bréguet 19 light bomber and reconnaissance plane.

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There have been some great posts on here while I've been busy with other things. That Gotha Canal set is excellent - the way the different water surfaces are engraved is amazing.
Here are a couple more British Commonwealth stamps, one from Nyasaland (1945, King George VI) showing a map of the protectorate (present-day Malawi). Designer and engraver not recorded. Printer: Bradbury Wilkinson.
The other is from Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika (1935, King George V) with a nice engraving of Mount Kilimanjaro framed in a rather (to my taste) heavy-handed border design. The designer was A. Ross but, as usual, the engraver is not known. Printer: De la Rue. This was part of the first set of 'KUT' stamps issued after the postal administration of the three colonies was combined on 1 January 1933.

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aardvark - By George, that was a great post. Keep 'em coming!

Here are images of a stamp depicting an Adenese Camel Corpsman, engraved and printed by Waterlow & Sons, Ltd., and issued for use in colonial Aden in 1946, Scott No. 17, SG No. 17.

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Great camel, Nethryk! Again the border seems a tad heavy-handed to me but that's true of a number of these British Commonwealth engraved stamps. I still love 'em though and shall post more some time.
For now, back to some rather more modern engraved beauties from Sweden. This cheerful 1991 pair (SG 1581-82; Facit 1689-90) celebrated the centenary of public amusement parks in Sweden. Designer: Kristina Anshelm. Engraver: Slania.

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aardvark - Thanks. I would agree that the borders on BC stamps sometimes failed to add much to the overall beauty of the stamp.

By George, here are images of a se-tenant pair of stamps depicting The Dragon versus St. George, designed (and engraved) by R. Di Giuseppe after paintings by Venetian artist Vittore Carpaccio (1460-1526), and issued by Italy on July 30, 1976, Scott Nos. 1231 & 1232. Poor Dragon, an endangered species if there ever was one, loses badly once again.

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Thanks, Nethryk for another great post. Camels, dragons - whatever next?! Interesting how the pair of images join together; that's quite unusual I think.
Here's another pair from Sweden, issued in 1988 for the birth centenary of poet Dan Andersson (1888-1920). Designed by Inga-Karin Eriksson and engraved by Slania. (SG#1412-13; Facit #1525-26.)

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Just to show the above stamps in correct scale, here they are again, scanned as a se-tenant pair.

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By George, here are images of a stamp featuring a portrait of Walter F. George (1878-1957), U.S. Senator from Georgia, designed by William K. Schrage, engraved by Charles A. Brooks (vignette) and Robert J. Jones (lettering), and issued by the USA on November 5, 1960, Scott No. 1170, plus a photo of Senator George. George was a lifelong Democrat, and Jacqueline Kennedy recalled that her late husband, John F. Kennedy, considered George the finest Senator he had served with, and he frequently made certain he was in attendance in the Senate chamber whenever George was making an address.

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Thanks Nethryk - nice engraved portrait of Senator George. Back to Sweden for this post but, for a change, not Slania! I recently bought several of those lovely Swedish booklets of stamps. This one, from 1984, I especially like (SG#1203-08; Facit#1311-16): six 17th-century views of Swedish towns. The detail, brilliantly engraved by Arne Wallhorn (1921-94), is incredible. Here, for starters, are the booklet cover, a small image of the whole set and larger ones of two of the stamps. The rest of the set to follow in the next few days. The view of Karlstad suggests that traffic congestion is not just a present-day problem! :)

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It's hard to resist this thread. :mrgreen:

Canada has so many great engraved stamps:

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I didn't see those black marks until I scanned the stamp. I still can't see 'em on the actual stamp! :oops: Maybe I need new glasses... or a bigger magnifying glass.


Probably on your scanner table if you cannot see them on your stamp!

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aardvark - Beautiful stamps and images; Arne Wallhorn was surely one of Sweden's best engravers.

By George, here are images of a stamp featuring a portrait of George Eastman (1854-1932), the American inventor of roll film and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, designed by William K. Schrage, engraved by Charles A. Brooks (vignette) and John S. Edmondson (lettering), and issued by the USA on July 12, 1954 to celebrate Eastman's birth centenary, plus a photo of Eastman.

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Please, post just one image of each stamp! These pages are magnificent but take about five minutes to finish loading... some of us have very slow broadband as BT consider us rural folk are too far from their exchanges.

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Please, post just one image of each stamp! These pages are magnificent but take about five minutes to finish loading... some of us have very slow broadband as BT consider us rural folk are too far from their exchanges.

I understand your problem but a lot of thought went into how this thread should be presented.

Contributors might note that only one stamp should be in each post, rather than, for example, the complete set of 6 in a recent post. For each stamp it is now accepted practice that there can be one small image, one large image to highlight the detail of the engraving plus a supporting photo or postcard.

Even then loading will take quite a while for some members but the purpose of the thread will still be achieved.

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By George, here are images of a stamp featuring a portrait of French novelist and essayist Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), designed and engraved by Jacques Gauthier, and issued by France on February 18, 1978, Scott No. B506, Y&T No. 1987, plus a photo of Bernanos, whose writings are sharply critical of modern society and its inroads into personal liberty, both through government and through technical development.

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