Sunday, 9 October 2011

From A Rock to Art Nouveau - Sunday Stamps

Gibraltar
Gibraltar is an important naval base and a British territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. The Rock of Gibraltar is its major landmark, It is said that the British will leave Gibraltar when the Barbary apes leave The Rock. Ceded to Britain by Spain in 1713 sovereignty of Gibraltar remains a point of contention between the two countries.

Germany
Jugendstil is an artistic style that arose in Germany in the 1890s and continued through the first decade of the 20th Century. Its name derives from the Munich magazine Die Jugend ("Youth") which featured Art Nouveau designs.

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10 comments:

Lisa B said...

Those Jugendstil stamps are gorgeous. I had to click the image to see it fully, it's definitely worth the click :)

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I covet those German stamps, and I don't even collect them! They are beautiful.

Ana said...

I love mint mini/souvenir sheets...so this German one is pretty amazing and great to have!

Joy said...

The Jugendstil stamps and sheet are beautiful, never heard of this German interpretation of art nouveau before,

Marcie said...

Intersting...Art Nouveau is for me connected with the Wiener Secession (Klimt and the others), not really with Germany.

Bob Scotney said...

The wording I put up for Jugendstil comes from the Encylopedia Britannica.

Postcardy said...

I love the Jugendstil designs and stamps.

Mike Burnett said...

They are wonderful little pieces of graphic design, especially the German ones.

I don't seem to see stamps like that any more. Perhaps it reflects the decline of letter writing.

Betsy said...

These are beautiful! My grandfather used to collect stamps! ;)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. it rejected my original comment and sent to the full page comment form with the WV displayed below ..

Loved the Gibraltar stamps, while the Munich art nouveau ones are interesting .. sort of like adverts before their time ..

Thanks - lets see if this works .. Hilary