Sunday, 4 June 2017

Lettering

2008: Europe - The Letter
What better way to start than to say 'Hello'.  The illustrator Edward Fulglø has chosen the informal Hey (pronounced 'huhy' in Faroese).  The stamp is one of two issued for the 2008 Europa theme "The Letter".  I like how he combines the @ sign with a posthorn. Fulglø's  website contains all his stamp designs each with a little exposition on the subject matter and in this case  "Letters and Haste".
1983: Festival of Rebirth
There is a whole lot going on in this stamp and it is a personal favourite, not only for the tractor /cow vibe but that wonderful serpentine khmer alphabet  and of course we have all the other fonts as well.
2013: Traditional Rituals and Customs (Designer - Simion Zamşa)
A nice spiky font and another festival, this time 'Paparuda' - a ritual to summon the rain which takes place in spring. I don't think anyone will be trying this one in lee of the Atlantic weather system in Britain.
1900-1916: Definitive
Browsing my stamps I noticed some of the pre 1945 Hungarian designs have some interesting fonts, for instance this Magyar Kir Posta (Hungarian Royal Post).  This country name fits itself around the flying bird which is the Tural, a mythical bird of the Magyars seen here hovering above the Crown of St Stephen.
1978: PRAGA 78 International Stamp Exhibition, Prague Town Hall
Lastly a lovely ornate country name on this stamp set featuring the Prague Town Hall Astronomical Clock which dates from medieval times (1410) although the detail on the stamp is part of the calendar dial of 1865 by Josef Mánes which features zodiac signs and as shown on the stamp above - Prague city arms.




An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Interesting Fonts - See It On A Postcard  


 

4 comments:

FinnBadger said...

Wow, you found some amazing fonts. The khmer words are like art.

violet s said...

I was hoping Maria would post something from Cambodia; instead we got some Khmer from you :)
I have a few old Czechoslovakian stamps and most have that same script, which is pretty fancy and almost makes reading the name indecipherable!
The Faroe posthorn design is pure genius.

Eva A. said...

Awesome stamps and fonts. I didn't consider to show stamps with Arabic fonts, unfamiliar for a lot of people. That would have been interesting!

Bob Scotney said...

I looked at the cow stamp in amazement especially with the khmer alphabet as well.