Monday, November 03, 2008

White cane safety day…

Well I’m back to this blog ! I hope that I’m back on track and that I’ll be able to update it regularly again. The good news is that during the two weeks of silence I have received interesting covers and stamps that I will be able to share with you !

But let’s start by a post that I had prepared already and that I did not find the time to complete and to publish. It is about this cover I got from Croatia. Thank you very much
Dragan for this nice cover ! An interesting mixture of stamps and a very neat postmark from Rijeka.
The first stamp located on the left side is a part of a set of three stamps issued on the 5th if June 2002 and dedicated to the Croatian flora. Here is a picture of the full set.
The stamps picture various type of oaks, the one on the cover picturing a Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), also known as the common oak or the English oak. The two others picture a Sessile oak (Quercus petraea) and a Holly oak (Quercus ilex). It is interesting to see the differences of shape between the three types of oaks as far as of the leaves and acorns are concerned. Also, less visible on the scan because it is rather light, the stamps picture the silhouette of the trees that varies a bit from one species to another.

The next stamp (clockwise) was issued on the 5th of December 2007 to celebrate the new year. The design of the stamp is a child’s drawing picturing an angel surrounded by snowflakes and stars.

The next stamp (still clockwise) was issued on the 15th of October 2006 to commemorate the white cane safety day. The stamp pictures stylized image of a visually impaired person with the white cane. This is not visible on the scan but the inscription White Cane Safety Day is written in Braille.
James Biggs from Bristol declared that he was the one who had invented the white cane in 1921 after he had lost his sight subject to an unfortunate accident. As he had to adapt to his environment, and as he felt increasingly threatened by the growing invasion of motor vehicles round his house, he painted his walking stick white so that the drivers could easily take notice of him. Yet, ten more years had to pass before the white cane established its presence in society. In 1931 in France and Great Britain the plan for the movement of blind persons who were carrying the white cane was promoted. Even the BBC joined this project and recommended in its radio broadcasts that blind persons should carry white canes which would consequently be recognized on the world level as a symbol for the marking of blind and visually impaired people. The introduction of the white cane in North America has been attributed to the Lion’s Club International organization that in 1931 started with the implementation of the national programme for the promotion of the usage of the white cane for the blind.
The first regulation about the white cane was taken in December 1930 and originated from the federal state of Illinois. It enabled the protection of blind pedestrians and gave them the right of priority when they carried the white cane. In the early sixties, an increasing number of state organizations and institutions for rehabilitation and help for the blind and visually impaired persons in the United States of America induced Congress to proclaim October 15 the White Cane Safety Day in all the 50 federal states of the USA. In 1964, USA president Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed October 15 the White Cane Safety Day. Marking October 15 every year shows regard for the achievements of the blind and visually impaired Americans and at the same time acknowledges the importance of the white cane for the ever greater independence of this part of the population. Celebration of the White Cane Safety Day on the 15th October was adopted in Croatia in 1996.

I must admit that I had prepared this post to be published on the 15th of October, in order to mark this important event. But as I said, I failed to finish it in time !

The last stamp belongs to a set of nine stamps issued on the 17th of August 1998 and dedicated to Croatian ships. It pictures a “bracera”, a coastal cargo sailing-vessel that is the most characteristic merchant boat along the Croatian coast of the Adriatic, with sails and oars ad driving-gear, 12 to 17 metres in length, and the carrying capacity of 70 tons.
It is considered that the name of the boat is etymologically connected with the name of the island Brač.
In order to be complete, let me show you the full set of stamps.

Don't hesitate to visit Dragan's website which contains very interesting information !

1 comment:

MBstamps said...

Hello Eric,

Nice to see you back on the Go!

I had sent you a cover, I hope you have recvd it.