Montenegro’s 2021 stamps

Montenegro’s 2021 stamps

Montenegro’s post office does an excellent job in presenting their stamps and covers. Not only is the site easy to wander around, they also supply high quality images, (including cancels). It’s nice being able to super size a stamp and examine it in detail. Many thanks to Montenegro’s post office staff.

I’m pleased with this article, mostly because I was able to source some decent links about topics and designers. There are familiar themes among the stamp below, including the Tokyo Olympics, the EUROMED competition, EURO Endangered national wildlife and stamp day. As well, you’ll find some rich pickings of Montenegrin history and culture. I hope you enjoy exploring the various stories each stamp tells as much as I do. I spend quite a bit of time with each country, learning a bit about their history and picking the most accessible links. 

I have to admit, I also enjoyed poking around Montenegro post’s news releases. They present a strong mix of modern/new info with an appreciation for past mail history. If you have a translate extension on your browser, head over to this bulletin – October 1st – the day the first correspondent was sent – postacg.me. It offers up a bit of early Montenegro postal history.  

first correspondent passed through the postal channels of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy on 1 May. October 1869

Image courtesy Pošta Crne Gore

The idea of creating a correspondence comes from Professor Emmanuel Herrmann, an economics professor from Vienna, who in January 1869 was the first to visit Vienna. Since 2010, it is publishing an article that will result in the first corresponding card appearing. In his article, Professor Herman says the time and effort required for the letter does not always correspond to the importance and scope of the message being transmitted. At the same time, he recommends a simpler and cheaper model for delivering short messages.

The Post Office enthusiastically embraced this idea. In the same year, the first correspondence card (Correspondenz – cards) was sent in October. Pošta Crne Gore

Anyway, I’ve put Montenegro on my “watch” list now. Both the topics and the designs are appealing, as well as the images they supply.  I look forward to lurking around Pošta Crne Gore. 

February releases

Živko Nikolić 1941-2001
Series: Art in Montenegro through the ages 

Živko Nikolić cancel 

Živko Nikolić stamp 

Živko Nikolić FDC  Živko Nikolić sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Živko Nikolić was a film and television director and screenwriter
This 2021 article, Dusan Kovacevic: Zivko Nikolic won the bet with eternity – CDM, has an interesting perspective on Nikolić. Google Translate offers an okay translation, a bit clumsy, but still very readable. It’s a decent introduction to the man for those  unfamiliar with his work.

Designers:  Adela Zejnilović & Romana Pehar
Award winning Graphic artist Zejnilović art often focuses on typography and lettering. This interest includes preserving Montenegro’s history and culture through it’s written documents and posters. Her 2012 Master’s thesis was titled Montenegro in Letter – Personal to Official, which developed 3 typefaces Octoih, Serdari and Njegosh, based on old manuscript writing.
 
Pehar maintains a Tumbler account that showcases some of her artwork Romana Pehar (tumblr.com). You don’t need an account to view it.

Umjetnica svoj postupak gradi u vremenu svakodnevnog nastanka novih fontova, a polazište za njihovo kreiranje nalazi u kulturnoj istoriji – originalnom rukopisu “Gorskog vijenca” koji se čuva u Njegoševom muzeju – Biljardi na Cetinju, dajući tako, svojim autorskim radom, dizajnerski omaž Petru II Petroviću Njegošu.

The artist builds her work in the time of daily creation of new fonts, and finds the starting point for their creation in cultural history – the original manuscript of the “Mountain Wreath” which is kept in njegoševo museum – Biljardi on Cetinje, thus giving, with his author’s work, a design omeuvre to Petar II Petrović Njegoš. “Font Njegoš” on the ministry building (vijesti.me)

Release date: Feb. 28, 2021 


Svetlana Kana Radević, architect  
Series: Art in Montenegro through the ages

Živko Nikolić cancel 

Svetlana Kana Radević stamp 

Svetlana Kana Radević FDCSvetlana Kana Radević sheet of staps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Spomenik Database | Profile for Svetlana Kana Radević 
Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 | MoMA

Designers:  Adela Zejnilović & Romana Pehar

Release date: Feb. 28, 2021 


March

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity Day

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity cancel 

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity stamp 

Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity FDC   Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity sheet   

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: March 8, 2021


Fauna Eurasian Otter (Lutra Lutra)

Eurasian Otter cancel  

 Eurasian Otter stamp

Eurasian Otter FDC  Eurasian Otter sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) | IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group

Designer: Romana Pehar

Release date: March 15, 2021


April

200 Year Anniversary of  Duke Elijah Plamenac’s Birth

Elijah Plamenac cancel 

 Elijah Plamenac stamp

Elijah Plamenac FDC  Elijah Plamenac sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Ilija Plamenac – Wikipedia

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: April 15, 2021


May

Europe – Endangered wildlife in the land of Tivat solila

 Montenegro - Tivat Saline cancel

SPECIAL NATURE RESERVE TIVAT SALINE  

Montenegro - Tivat Saline Montenegro - Tivat Saline FDC

1 stamp, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

The Area of Solila is located in the wetlands section of the coastal belt of tivat bay and captures an unused flood area in the area of Grbalje polje.

In the flora and vegetation of the Montenegrin littoral, the Area of Solila is recognized by the vegetation inhabited by salty wet habitats. Since these complex types of natural vegetation on a muddy-clay surface have already disappeared on most habitats on the eastern Adriatic coast, this preservation of the compactness of the Tivat salt salt area as a safe habitat for halophyte vegetation stands out as a special ecological challenge. In the territory of Tivat salts, 14 representatives of amphibians and reptiles were registered.

So far, 111 bird species have been registered on the Solili, representing more than 20% of the total number of species of European ornithophaune. Salts are the habitat of numerous endangered species and are protected as a special flora-faunist reserve.
Montenegro post office

Designer: Romana Pehar
Pehar is a painter from Kotor. You can see more of his work on his Tumbler site Romana Pehar (tumblr.com)

 Special Nature Reserve Tivat Saline | Parks Dinarides (discoverdinarides.com)

See all the EUROPA 2021 stamps

Release date: May 9, 2021 


Nature protection Trnovačko Lake

Nature protection Trnovačko Lake cancel 

 Nature protection Trnovačko Lake stamp

Nature protection Trnovačko Lake FDC  Nature protection Trnovačko Lake sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

TRNOVAČKO LAKE – heritage-bih-mne 

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: May 25, 2021


June

XXXII Tokyo Olympics 2020

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 cancel  

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 stamp one 

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 mini shet 

Montenegro Tokyo Olympics 2020 FDC 

1 stamp, sheet of 8, FDC, cancel

See all Tokyo Olympic stamps

Designer: Nikoleta Corović
Interesting article featuring Corović’s work Five Young Artists “put corruption in a museum” – EUIC Podgorica

Release date: June 16


July

Budva Old Town
Budva Old Town cancel 

 Budva Old Town stamp

Budva Old Town FDC  Budva Old Town sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 5, FDC, cancel

THE OLD TOWN OF BUDVA – Living in Montenegro 🙂 (montenegro-for.me) 
Opština Budva | Zvanična prezentacija

Designer: Romana Pehar

Release date: July 12, 2021


EUROMED – Earrings from ancient Budva

 Montenegro - earrings for EUROMED 2021 stamps

 EUROMED 2021 traditional jewerly

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

“earrings with the representation of oxen heads made of gold and granite, dating back to the 4th-3rd century, the Hellenic period” Pošta Crne Gore
See all the EUROMED stamps.

Designer: Romana Pehar

 Release date: July 12, 2021


October

Joy of Europe

joy of Europe cancel 

 joy of Europe stamp

joy of Europe FDC joy of Europe sheet 

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Designer: Radisav Stijović
Stijović was one of the winners of the European Solidarities 2018 Solidarities contest.
You can see a bit of his art in this brief article Young graphic artists on show in Croatia (vijesti.me) and here University of Montenegro (ucg.ac.me)

Release date: October 7, 2021


Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts 50 Yrs

Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts cancel 

  Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts stamp

Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts FDC  Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Crnogorska akademija nauka i umjetnosti (canu.me)

Designer: Adela Zejnilović

Release date: October 12, 2021


November 

Historical heritage
Petar I Petrovic Njegos
Clock tower in Podgorica

Release date: November 10, 2021


Maritime
Battle of Lepanto

Release date: November 30, 2021


December

75 years Orphanage
“Mladost” Bijela

Release date: December 1, 2021


Stamp day
Pero Šoć

Release date: December 15, 2021


Now that you’re done this article, how about one on Glass Blowing?

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Now that you’re done with Montenegro, how about a trip to France? France’s 2021 stamps – Jan to June

I’m here for the scares!

I’m here for the scares!

I thought, since Halloween will be here soon, I’d take a look at ghosts & monsters on stamps. I learned something in the process. Don’t read ghost stories from Greenland if you are alone, it’s dark and the wind is rattling the balcony. Just … don’t. Holy Hanna they aren’t for the faint of heart, and this is coming from someone who misspent their youth watching every B monster movie available. Giant, mutant tarantulas have nothing on Greenland’s monsters.

Greenlandic Folklore & Ghosts 2020

In 2020, Greenland started a series titled Ghost Stories in Greenland  which taped deeply into traditional folklore. The series started November 6, 2020, with Aajumaaqthe sleeved one and Eqqilllit, a dog-man hunter.  

Ghost stories in Greenland 2020

The first stamp, AAJUMAAQ, from Nukk artist Maria Bach Kreutzmann (who also edited the Bestiarium Groenlandica compendium), features a spirit that is both a helper to Angaangaqs (shamen) and a creature of revenge.

“It has a body almost like a human, but the long, slender arms are black from the elbows down. On each hand there are only three fingers and on each foot only three toes. The head is described as a furless dog head and sometimes as a skeletal dog head with large, prickly eyes….everything it touches goes into strong decay, including humans” Greenland Collector #4 November 2020.

The second stamp, EQQILLIT,  from artist Christian Fleischer Rex, are ferocious half human, half dog hunters who occasionally prey on humans. They are curious creatures, equally at home in human dwellings and rocky outcroppings. Eqqillit are skilled in using weapons, but especially the ulut, a knife used by women in Greenlandic society. This opened  up a host of curious questions about the nature of Eqquillit. But I was a bit stymied in researching more on this particular tale because I ended up with hundreds of pages of people dressing their dogs in human clothes and well, research went downhill after that.  Bit of a shame really. The entire topic of Eqqillit is fascinating. 

Folklore & Ghosts 2021

September 17, 2021 saw the series return with Qivittoq and Anngiaq, the scariest of the quartet.

Ghost stories in Greenland II

QIVITTLOG (stamp by Maja-Lisa Kehlet) was a human who’s crimes led to their banishment. These Mountain Men or Mountaineers (depending on the translations), were booted from their communities for either a heinous crime or extreme behaviour that was damaging to a community’s survival and welfare. Doomed to a life of exile, these mountain wanderers eventually surrender all traces of their humanity and become feared creatures lurking on the outskirts of civilization. It’s one of those “behave or lose your community’s support” cautionary horror stories. Given how difficult survival is in remote areas like Greenland, the loss of any community would be devastating and potentially de-humanizing. 

“Their eyes are red and their hair and beard are ugly and often completely light or white. The skin on their faces has become very dark. It can be dangerous to be touched by a mountaineer, as its touch can leave large marks that cause inflammation. If you as a mountaineer are to have magical powers, you must go through some trials to achieve the full transformation and thereby lose all your humanity.” Greenland Collector #3 Sept. 2021

Copenhagen artist Jonatan Brüsch’s first stamp ANNGIAG – the Secret  is the stuff of nightmares. An Anngiag was an infant who was murdered soon after birth by it’s mother. The child’s spirit eventually seeks both love and revenge from it’s family. I’ve left out the more horrifying elements, just in case some of my readers find this type of story too disturbing. But here’s an excerpt from Greenland Collector’s English (ipapercms.dk) bulletin. Use caution before reading this. Although it’s milder than some of the tales I managed to get my hands on, it might be disturbing to some. So, seriously, potential trigger warning. 

An ’Anngiaq’ is a scary spirit. It is a baby or foetus born in secret and then killed. The spirit lives on searching for the affection it has been deprived. It finds a dog’s skull or head which it uses as a kayak. It pursues its relatives when they are out sailing, trying to pull them down under the water and drown them, or shoots at them with a bow and arrow as punishment for their misdeed. An ’Anngiaq’ can also crawl into siblings who have been born later, to kill them by causing internal bleeding.

An Anngiaq can only be defeated by the woman who has given birth in secret, standing by what she has done, thereby revealing the secret. The
defeated Anngiaq can then reportedly be used as an amulet among other things to increase the speed of a kayak.

Of all the tales I found, this one was the most visceral and disturbing. 

FDCs & more creatures

Oddly, Greenland Post doesn’t supply info about the interesting characters on the FDCs. I think the first one is IMMAP NANUA – the great bear of the sea. It’s not NAPPAASILAT, the spirit bear because that bear has a bluish tinge fur. But, I’m taking a wild stab at identifying it. 

Greenland_Myths_monsters

The second FDC has me baffled. They are fascinating, and beautifully rendered in this cover. If you have knowledge about either covers, please, contribute via the comments. I’m sure others would appreciate learning more about Greenlandic folklore.

Ghost stories in Greenland II FDC with pair

5 Mythical Creatures from Greenland

For those interested in learning more about Greenlandic ghosts and myths, I’ve included an English language video below from Visit Greenland – 5 Mythical Creatures. If you are easily disturbed by monsters and nightmarish stories, give the video a skip. It’s well done and fascinating, but not for everyone. The video covers a few of the monsters laid out in this article, and offers correct pronunciation of each name. 

 

If you are looking for resources on Greenlandic folklore, start with A kayak full of ghosts : Eskimo folk tales by Lawrence Millman, ISBN: 1566565251. I found it via my local library’s reference collection. This is NOT a book for children. It gets a bit graphic at times. Again, NOT A BOOK FOR CHILDREN or anyone who frightens easily. 

Did you enjoy these Greenlandic tales? Why not take a look their 2021 stamps


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Soldiers of Valour Road

Soldiers of Valour Road

Canada Post released this year’s Remembrance Day stamp, Valour Road, October 21, 2021. It honours 3 Victoria Cross winners – Lionel (Leo) Clarke, VC (1892-1916), Robert Shankland, VC, DCM (1887-1968) and Frederick William Hall, VC (1885-1915). 

The Soldiers of Valour Road single stamp with 3 head profiles

The Soldiers of Valour Road

64 Canadians won the VC in World War One, with three from Pine Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1925, Winnipeg renamed Pine Street to Valour Road, with sole survivor Robert Shankland in attendance.  The street still carries this name. 

Canada at War

If you are unfamiliar with Canada’s role in WW1, this site might help you out – Canada and the First World War. It offers an approachable, broad view of both World War One and Canada’s participation.  The Canadian Encyclopedia’s First World War Timeline also offers an excellent section on the war. Doubtful there was any community in Canada untouched by the war. The population of Canada in 1914 was 3.5 million people. Out of that population, 650,000 men and women served. 66,000 were killed and 172,000 wounded. 

A few fast stamp facts:

The 2nd Battle of Ypres, April 22 to May 25, 2015, was the first major battle Canadians participated in. It was during this fight that Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote his famous poem In Flanders Fields after a friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer, was killed.  McCrae appeared on a Canadian stamp October 15, 1968. Imre von Mosdossy was the designer. 

The 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is considered a turning point in how Canadians saw themselves and Canada. The Vimy Memorial, in France, has appeared twice on Canadian stamps. The first was Oct. 15,1968, the same year the McCrae was released. Harvey Thomas Prosser designed the stamp, and  Yves Baril and Gordon Mash shared engraving duties. 

The second time, was a joint 2 stamp set released April 8, 2017 on the 100th anniversary of the battle. Canadian artist Susan Scott designed the Canadian stamp, and French illustrator/engraver Sarah Bougault designed the French stamp. 

However, the Vimy Memorial first appeared on stamps in 1936. France issued 2 to celebrate the memorial’s unveiling. Henry Cheffer designed and engraved the pair. They were in circulation for a short period of time starting the day of the unveiling  July 26 and withdrawn September 23,1936.  To accompany the stamps, France also issued 20 postal stationery postcards based on the photographs of the monument by French modernist Andrè Vigneau and engraved (photogravure ) by E Desfossés-Néogravure.   

The Memorial Chamber, where the First and Second World War Books of Remembrance are kept, was featured on a 1938 stamp. Herman Herbert Schwartz designed the stamp, with Joseph Keller the engraving.

The National War Memorial, dedicated in 1939 to WW1 dead, was featured on a May 15,1939 stamp. Schwarz and Keller teamed up again to create this stamp. The Memorial appeared again, on a souvenir sheet, Oct. 19, 2009, to commemorate the end of WW1. Lionel Gadoury, Michael Wandelmaier of Context Creative designed the stamp with Lowe-Martin responsible for the engraving work.

 There are other war memorial or military stamps from Canada Post (and it predecessors), but that would be a lengthy essay in itself best left for another day.

Lionel (Leo) Clarke, VC (1892-1916), 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion

Photo of  Clark Valour Road soldier

Corporal Leo Clark, image courtesy Archives Canada

Leo Clarke was born in Waterdown, Ontario, 1892 and moved to Pine Street, Winnipeg in 1903. After leaving school, Clarke began working with the Canadian National Railway as a surveyor.

Clarke enlisted February 25, 1915 at the age of 22. Originally with the 27th Battalion he transferred to the 2nd (Eastern Ontario Regiment) Battalion, soon after arriving in England. He wanted to serve along side his brother Charles who was with 2nd Battalion. Leo was fatally wounded when an artillery shell exploded near his position in the Regina Trench and buried alive. His brother Charles managed to dig him out of the mud and debris, but Leo died in hospital October 19, 2016.  

He won the VC September 9, 1916, during the Battle of Flers-Courcette. 

Leo Clarke, VC | The Canadian Encyclopedia

“No. 73132 Private (Acting Corporal) Leo. Clarke, Can. Inf.: For most conspicuous bravery. He was detailed with his section of bombers to clear the continuation of a newly captured trench and cover the construction of a “block.” After most of his party had become casualties, he was building a “block” when about twenty of the enemy with two officers counter-attacked. He boldly advanced against them, emptied his revolver and afterwards two enemy rifles which he picked up in the trench. One of the officers then attacked him with the bayonet wounding him in the leg, but he shot him dead. The enemy then ran away, pursued by Acting Corporal Clarke, who shot four more and captured a fifth. Later he was ordered to the dressing station, but returned next day to duty.” The London Gazette – October 26, 1916, Supplement 29802

Excerpt from Leo Clarke's service record

Excerpt from Leo Clarke’s service record detailing his death & awarding of Victoria Cross

The Soldiers of Valour Road Leo Clark FDC

FDC for Leo Clarke

His Victoria Cross was donated, by his family to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa in 2010.  

Robert Shankland, VC, DCM (1887-1968), 43rd Canadian Infantry Battalion

Robert Shankland Valour Road Soldier

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Shanklank

Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, Shankland moved to Pine Street, Winnipeg in 1910 where he worked as a clerk for a local creamery. He enlisted December 21, 1914, aged 27, and joined the 43rd Battalion (Cameron Highlanders).  He shipped to England in June, 1915 and became an officer in 1917, when he received a battlefield commission. 

His VC was won for actions at Passchendaele, Belgium, October 26, 1917.

Shankland was the only survivor of the “Pine Street Boys”. In 1925, he attended the ceremony that changed Pine St’s name to Valour Road. 

After returning home, Shankland remained in the Cameron’s militia unit until he moved to Victoria, BC. While living there, he joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment. With the start of WW2, Shankland returned to Winnipeg and rejoined the Cameron’s for active duty.  He serve in England as commandant  of the  Canadian Army Detention Barracks. He served until the end of the war and returned to British Columbia, and settled in Vancouver. 

Robert Shankland, VC | The Canadian Encyclopedia

“For conspicuous gallantry in volunteering to lead a party of stretcher-bearers, under very heavy shell fire, and bringing in some wounded and partially buried men. His courage and devotion were most marked.”  The London Gazette—Supplement 29713, Page 8248, August 18, 1916

Excerpt from Shankland's service record

The Soldiers of Valour Road

Robert Shankland FDC

Shankland’s Victoria Cross was purchased at auction by the Canadian War Museum in 2009. 

Frederick William Hall, VC (1885-1915), 8th Canadian Infantry Battalion

Sgt.-Major F.W. Hall

Sgt.-Major Frederick William Hall, image courtesy Archives Canada

Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Hall emigrated to Canada in 1913 and settled in Winnipeg where he found work as a shipping clerk. Before coming to Canada, he served 12 years with the Scottish Rifles. He joined the 79th Cameron Highlanders militia shortly after moving to Pine Street. 

With the outbreak of WW1, Hall joined the 8th Battalion of Winnipeg, at the age of 29 on September 26, 1914. He sailed for England  less than a month later, October 3, 1914 and was killed during the 2nd Battle of Ypres on  April 24, 1915, while trying to save wounded soldiers. His body was never recovered.  

Hall received his Victoria Cross for his actions at Ypres the day he was killed. 

Fred Hall, VC | The Canadian Encyclopedia

“No. 1539 Colour-Sergeant Frederick William Hall, 8th Canadian Battalion. On 24th April, 1915, in the neighbourhood of Ypres, when a wounded man who was lying some 15 yards from the trench called for help, Company Sergeant-Major Hall endeavoured to reach him in the face of a very heavy enfilade fire which was being poured in by the enemy. The first attempt failed, and a Non-commissioned Officer and private soldier who were attempting to give assistance were both wounded. Company Sergeant-Major Hall then made a second most gallant attempt, and was in the act of lifting up the wounded man to bring him in when he fell mortally wounded in the head.” The London Gazette—June 22, 1915, Supplement 29202, Page 6115

Excerpt from FW Hall's service record

The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC Frederick William Hall

FDC for Frederick William Hall

Hall’s Victoria Cross was acquired by the Canadian War Museum in 2012. 

Booklets by Canada Post

As well as the single stamp and a FDCs for each soldier, Canada Post also issued a booklet of 10, a souvenir sheet and a framed edition of the sheet.  

Valour Road booklet cover Valour Road Booklet Valour road booklet back Valour Road Booklet The Soldiers of Valour Road framed sheet

 The set was designed by Soapbox Design, using Richard Nalli-Petta supplying the artwork. The backside of the FDCs includes a brief description of the actions that led to each medal. The covers will expand to a large size so you can easily read the details.

The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC backside The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC back The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC back

Although there is a cancel for the FDCs, I couldn’t source a decent scan of one.  If you happen to have a good one, and would like to share it, drop a note in the comments below. 

Last year’s Remembrance Day stamps took a different approach to the day. They featured the artwork of Mary Riter Hamilton, a Canadian artist who documented the devastation left behind when WW1 ended. You can see the issues here:  New Mary Riter Hamilton stamp – Oct 28, 2020 | Bitter Grounds Magazine

If you’d like to see more Canadian stamps, check out all the issues for 2021 here Awesome 2021 Canadian stamps

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Themes: Glass blowing on stamps

Themes: Glass blowing on stamps

If you are looking for a challenging theme to chase down, look no further than glass blowing. You can find hundreds of stamps about glassware, stained glass, glass art, but very few featuring glass blowing. I suspect a person could have an entire collection just on glassware stamps alone but the art of glass blowing isn’t as readily available. 

The earliest set I could find came via Syria.  Their 1970 airmail stamp for the 17th International Fair of Damascus features a traditional glass blowing scene. I’m not sure who the designer was, so if you have details, please share them in the comments below. 

Syria 1970 glass blowing

 

The great Czesław Słania’s hand is evident in this 1972 5 stamp set from Sweden. He used Lennart Olson’s photographs of glass blowers at work. Olsen’s photographs have a page over at the Museum of Modern Art Lennart Olson | MoMA so if you are interested in seeing his some of work, check it out. 

Swedish glass blowing 1972 1 Swedish glass blowing 1972 Swedish glass blowing 1972 3 Swedish glass blowing 1972 4 Swedish glass blowing 1972 5

A second glass blowing stamp was issued by Sweden in 1988. Designed by K Netzler and J. Zakus. 

 Swedish glass blowing 1989 

 

The USA’s 1972 Colonial American Craftsman stamps included a glass blower at work. It was one of 4 se-tenant stamps issued to celebrate the American Bicentennial. Designer Leonard Everett Fisher was responsible for all 4 stamps. He was a prolific book illustrator of children’s books and wrote and illustrated a number of his own as well as designing 6 other stamps for the US postal services. 

 USA Colonial glass blowers 

 

Słania returned with another glass blowing series in 1976, this time for Denmark. Helle Jessen’s social realism artwork gives the design a gritty focus. 

Denmark glass making 1976 1 Denmark glass making 1976 4 Denmark glass making 1976 3 Denmark glass making 1976 2

It’s an interesting set, and I haven’t made up my mind about it. In some ways, it’s a great, expressive series, but feels so grim at the same time.  

 

Finland rolls in with Victor Torsten Ekström’s 1981 300th anniversary stamp celebrating the Uusikaupunki Glass Factory.  Ekström designed 44 stamps over his career. This one wasn’t one of his best works, in my opinion. It’s ok, but pretty static. 

Finland glass making 300th anniversary

 

Portugal’s 1998 set 250th Anniversary of Glass Industry in Marinha Grande was a great one. Artist João Machado often offers up imaginative designs. Machado is one of my favourite Portuguese designers because he’s not afraid of exploring new ideas and materials like his 2007 cork issue.  

José Lito Maia did the engraving for Machado’s artwork.

Portugal 1998 set 250th Anniversary of Glass Industry 1Portugal 1998 set 250th Anniversary of Glass Industry 2 

Portugal 1998 set 250th Anniversary of Glass Industry 4 Portugal 1998 set 250th Anniversary of Glass Industry 3

 

Canada’s 1999 stamp was simply titled Glass-Blowing . It was part of the Traditional Trades series that ran from 1999 to 2002.  Designers Monique Dufour and Sophie Lafortune produced 8 stamps for the series, all featuring photographs from Jean-Pierre Beaudin.  Beaudin’s photography appeared on 37 stamps from 1973 to 2000. It’s a wonderfully understated series that is eye catching.

Dufour and Lafortune have proven to be a bit elusive. When I finally track down decent links on them, I’ll post here.   

Glass blowing Canada 1999

 

Malta’s 2006 Maltese Craft series was similar to Canada’s Traditional Trades. It featured 5 trades such as metal work, jewelry making and of course glass blowing. Designer Richard Caruana created the set. 

Malta 2006 Glass blowing

Caruana was an interesting choice for these stamps. He’s better known for his technical drawings for Osprey aviation books and aviation artwork.  

 

France featured glass blowing twice, 2012 and again 2015. The first stamp is a little shy of details. I’m not even sure who the designer was. 

France glass blowing 2012

The second stamp was created by Grenade & Sparks as part of a l2 stamp booklet set titled L’art et la matière . Like Canada and Malta, this 2015 booklet included one glass making stamp.

France Glass blowing 2015

 

And finally, Switzerland’s 2017 200th Anniversary of Hergiswil Glass Craftsmanship stamp rounds out the collection. Simon Hauser and David Schwarz, of Hauser, Schwarz, created a clean, simple image focusing on the creation of an Anna goblet.

Switerland 2017 glass blowing stamp

That’s all the stamps I found. If you know of one I missed, drop a note in the comments and share your find.  

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