Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Toad postmark from Germany

I know, I know. This is the third posts in a row about frog and toads. I swear that next post will cover a different subject ;-) Bu today I really wanted to share with you the very nice cover I received from Uwe from Germany. Thank you very much Uwe.

Here is the cover.

The very nice postmark on the cover celebrates the well known festival of Bayreuth that is held from the 25th of July until the 28th of August. The ugly toad pictured on the postmark comes from the opera “Das Rheingold” (The Rhine gold), the first of the four operas that constitutes Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungeng (The Ring of the Nibelung). Why a toad? Because in this opera, Alberich, a Nibelung dwarf, is transformed into a toad.

Uwe used two nice stamps on his cover. The small one is part of the definitive flower series and pictures a marigold.

The larger one has been issued on the 7th of July 2011 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of the tales about Till Eulenspiegel. Till Eulenspiegel is a character from German folklore, an imaginary figure who appears in a cycle of tales that were popular in the Middle Ages. In the stories, Till is presented as a fool who plays jokes on his contemporaries. The earliest printed edition of these tales is from 1511.

Literally Eulenspiegel means “owl mirror” two symbols that are often used when picturing the character, as it is the case on the stamp also. On the stamp Till is pictured together with a lot of “objects” that he uses for his tricks to fool other people.

The stamp was issued in small colorful sheets.

This anniversary was also celebrated with the issue of a coin.

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