Pop Art

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To select those stamps you can appreciate  on the pictures, took me only about 10 minutes from just another box full of unorganized stamps.  Was not surprising for me  finding quite a few of them…

So many questions and comments on this stamp, where to start?

Those who aren’t from England, Great Britain, and its colonies territories like me, could also wonder; why some nation can be so self-absorbed to release a series of stamps without any country identification but what appear to be the face of someone (obviously royally and important). How come, is so obvious for some, that anywhere else in the world this stamp would most definitely be identified as a pure representation of its mother land?

Can be in the history of the world any other profile that is able to identify a nation just from a monochrome section of a face?

R.: Maybe Nefertiti and Ancient Egypt?

Anyway, perhaps this is just pop art, a practical application on a Warhol inspired work combine with some British patriotism. For me this is pure pop art. Fish and Fries anyone?

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Flora & Fauna

Out of three posts on my recently created blog, the small article on Claude Gay works on Chilean Natural History has been so far a complete success (see: “https://sobresellos.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/claude-gay-1800-1873/”). Not sure, what exactly drive all of you to visit and appreciate Claude’s works commemorative stamps, for me the mixture of Flora y Fauna theme with great illustrations are super interesting.

For this new post I reflected a bit over Chile’s Flora y Fauna stamps, and I found many stamps on my collection worth looking at and sharing, for instance the following sets are so similar to the Claude illustrations made almost 150 years before.

Marine Fauna (Flora y Fauna Marina 1991)

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Nice detail on “Fauna Marina”  The Octopus Vulgaris

Octopus Vulgaris (Flora y Fauna Marina 1991)

Flora & Fauna Chile

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The “chingue” (Conepatus chinga) on both the most modern version and Claude’s version are showing no mayor contrast.

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As on the States (and perhaps, most of the nations on the world), some animals and plants, are symbols of the culture, like the state bird, or the tiger on the insignias of any particular soccer team. In Chile, those animals can be still found in nature, and indubitable must be protected, others are at risk, mostly victims of our irresponsible lack of planning of our own development as a society. Like the Chinchilla and lobo marino o sea wolf “artocephalus philippii”.

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The Condor “Vultur gryphus” and the Huemul “Hippocamelus bisulcus” (Chile’s national animals), and the Copihue “Lapageria rosea” (Chile’s national flower), are a common theme on stamps, used to represent the Republic and even politics & propaganda.

Emblems

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Condors

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Condor Over Print

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Apparently this condor was oppress by Allende and liberated by Pinochet (for those not familiar with those last names and Chilean history, and interested on the subject please visit “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_Chilean_coup_d’%C3%A9tat”)

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Copihues

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More on flora y fauna stamps at “http://jaimesanchez.es.tl/Stamps-FAUNA.htm” and “http://www.highland-news.co.uk/Home/Features/Highland-Wildlife/Nature-stamps-that-are-a-first-class-delight-10072013.htm”.

Pictures of Condors: “https://www.google.cl/search?q=condor&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=fxvfUZShA4miigLNooHIDw&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=667&sei=gxvfUfjHJYaMigKqmIEo

Pictures of Huemul: “https://www.google.cl/search?q=huemul&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=1xvfUYe5FM3BiwLB-4DIBw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=667

Pictures of Copihue: https://www.google.cl/search?q=copihue&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=BRzfUeX-Iqj7igLEyIDwAg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=667

The following stamps where almost left out of this post:

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Claude Gay 1800 – 1873

The following set correspond to the “1948 CENTENARIO DEL LIBRO DE GAY” (Chile)

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I am overwhelmed for the fantastic illustrations made by this French naturalist (you may check this cool gallery I just found at “http://www.flickr.com/photos/28047774@N04/sets/72157624770151532/”).

Claude signed a contract with the government of Chile on September 14th 1830, which started a journey that lasted for more than 10 years investigating Chile’s Natural History.

For more on Gay legacy http://www.bcn.cl/bibliodigital/dhisto/cgay , and of course we always have Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Gay

I personally find extremely interesting the series “CENTENARIO DEL LIBRO DE GAY”, especially by the illustration of the Murciélago (Stenoderma chilensis).

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You can appreciate even better this series at: http://www.sociedadfilatelica.cl/webemisiones_1900_1949/emision1948_3.html

100 Years Arica – La Paz Railroad

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The great country of Chile chooses to release its second emission of stamps for the year 2013, commemorating the 100 years of the Arica – La Paz Railroad. This magnificent forgotten creation once connected two principal cities of South America (on that time being). I will not fixate much on Railroads History or Chile – Bolivia international relations, due to many sites I already found with plenty of information of these, and related subjects. Nevertheless I will stop and reflex the following: How come Chile is systematically eradicating its postage service, while many countries embrace stamps and are proud of its national postage office; can be Chile as a nation doomed to confuse electronic codes for stamps, and e-mails for letters. How many stamps a Country like Chile should emit every year?

Pd.: more on Arica – La Paz Railroad at “http://wwwcronicaferroviaria.blogspot.com/2013/05/chile-el-correo-celebra-el-centenario.html

First Post

This Blog was inspired by a courageous beginner stamps collector blog “http://blogs.allnumis.com/adina/” that made me realize many obvious things;

Blogging is this easy!

Stamps are just wonderful

Sharing is wonderful as well

I hope you enjoy it and over all, I hope this blog can drive you all to participate (and I encourage you to do so) on this cyber journey I am about to start on the world of Stamps.

Rancagua, Wednesday July 10th, 2013

First Day of Issue
First Day of Issue

More about the First Landing on the Moon Covers “http://www.spacecollection.info/us_apollo/apollo_covers.html

First Man on the Moon — Scott Catalog C76 AP52