Saturday, March 27, 2010

Looking for the frog (II)

As in mAs in my previous post I would like to share with you today another stamp that I discovered recently as a good candidate for my frog stamp collection. And this was not obvious at first sight! Here it is.
This stamp was issued on the 19th of March 2008 by Czech postal administration. It commemorates the 350th anniversary of the publication of “Orbis pictus” a book written by J.A. Komenský.
Jan Amos Komensky (1592-1670) is a world-famous Czech thinker, writer and founder of modern education.
Orbis Pictus (World in Pictures) is the culmination of practical application of the author's education principles and is the first picture dictionary and encyclopedia for children in the world. It was published in 1658 in Nürnberg in Latin and German, and quickly spread to further countries. The version including a Czech text was published in 1685 as a four-language (Czech, Latin, German, Hungarian) edition. The work consists of one hundred and fifty chapters with a systematic education procedure: the non-living nature is followed by botany, zoology, religion, and finally human being and activities.

Orbis Pictus starts with a Latin alphabet illustrated with the sounds produced by animals or humans. The stamp pictures this alphabet represented on a globe. Each letter is illustrated by an animal or a human. For instance the letter B is associated with the lamb, because the lamp bleats BEEE.

Where is the frog? It is (partially visible) on the left top corner of the stamp, associated with the letter X, to illustrate that the frog croaks (COAX).

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Looking for the frog

(I know, I know. It has been ages since last time I have posted something on my blog. Too much work, not enough time to deal with stamps and blogs... I missed you and I hope you missed me ;-) I'll try to come back to a regular update of this blog but I'm not sure yet I'll be able to do it. At least I'll try.)

One of the big pleasure I have as a topical stamp collector is to spend time browsing list of new issues in order to find stamps that picture my topic. Sometimes this is easy, the topic is THE main theme of the stamp. Sometimes it is a bit harder and you have to look more in details before seeing that, yes, the stamp pictures something that looks like what you are looking for. This is what happened to me recently when I was looking for frogs on a list of stamps recently issued. I discovered this stamp, almost by accident! And I was thrilled...

The stamp has been issued by Slovakia on the 14th of August 2009 in order to announce the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB).

The Biennial of Illustration Bratislava is one of the oldest international honours for children's book illustrators. First granted in 1967 it is one of the more prestigious children's book awards today, along with Hans Christian Andersen Award. Artists are selected by an international jury, and their original artwork is exhibited in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is sponsored by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture, Slovakia.

In 2009 the Biennial was held from the 4th of September until the 26th of October. The stamp pictures a book illustration awarded in 2007 by the international jury during the 21st Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava. This illustration has been created by the German artist Einar Turkowski and is taken from the book ‘Es war finster und merkwürdig still’ (‘It was dark and eerily quiet’). In fact the stamp pictures only part of the full illustration. Here is a full picture.

If you look closely to the right bottom corner of the stamp, you will see a small frog suspended to a string! So this stamp can definitly find its place in my frog stamps collection !