zondag 26 oktober 2014

Sunday stamps: professions

This Sunday Viridian choose 'Professions and trades' as theme for Sunday Stamps.

The Brazilian post has issued beautiful stamps on professions in 2005 and 2006. Here you see the manicure (manicurist), sapateiro (shoemaker) and costureira (tailor).

In our country there's a nation wide 'flea market' on King's Day in April. On this day everyone can sell his/her old stuff, and of course buy, too, all for small amounts. Last April I was looking for something else, when I suddenly found an old stamp collection book. With many empty pages, and I bought it to use it to have my own stamps organized. But I also was happy to find some old stamps in some of the pages. Among them this one from former West Germany. It has been issued in 1971 to pay attention to safety measures (you can see seven others from this serie here). And the profession shown is an important one. Thanks to construction workers we have warm houses, roads etcetera. While their hard work isn't that easy nor safe.

Also in this old album I found this stamp from Indonesia. I'm not exactly sure what kind of fabric she is making, but I think we humans can't live without the beautiful products made by fabric / textile workers.

And an other old stamp has been issued in Romania. Concerning Post, one of the most important workers for us snail mail lovers :-)

Last month the Dutch post issued a so-called 'postset', containing three postcards and a special issued stamp sheet called 'beroepen en ambachten', which means 'professions and trades'. How coincidental!
The stamp sheet shows a beautiful compilation of illustrations of professions: a blacksmith, postman, hairdresser (barber) and wooden shoe maker. The illustrations have been created by Rien Poortvliet (1932-1995). He was famous for the general public for his beautiful illustrations of animals (among them horses), old Dutch sceneries and 'drawn stories', for instance about gnomes. However, there was dispute whether his creations were 'art' or not. He finally found recognition as an artist when a museum of his works was opened, in 1992.

7 opmerkingen:

  1. Only Netherlands would have a stamp showing a wooden shoe maker! Love it! thank you for joining in this week!

  2. The Dutch compilation of trades is superb. I love to see the blacksmith (farrier) on a s tamp. I have one of two of the German safety series and the Romanian postage one.

  3. A nice variety of occupations and different style designs.

  4. I think I have some from the German series but haven't seen that one before, it's very good. A national flea market day sounds great and how nice to find an old album. Some of the page designs in the old albums are just beautiful in themselves.

  5. I rather like the German construction worker who is avoiding a nasty accident by wearing his safety hat. I've received one or two of the Brazilian stamps, I think.

  6. I like the construction workers expression on the German stamp (oblivious or startled?) to the brick descending.

  7. Every stamp you post about has a nice story behind! :D