Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Denmark 16.5.1974 - Pantomime Theatre in the Tivoli Garden’s in Copenhagen

This Danish stamp issue of 16.5.1974 depicts the delightful Pantomime Theatre in the Tivoli Garden’s in Copenhagen.
The Pantomime Theatre (Danish: Pantomimeteateret) is an open-air theatre located in the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. As indicated by the name, it is primarily used for pantomime theatre in the classical Italian commedia dell'arte tradition which is performed daily. Besides this original function, the theatre leads a second life as a venue for ballet and modern dance.
The Pantomime Theatre is Tivoli's open-air silent stage (as depicted on the stamp). Every night, the Chinese Peacock Theatre presents a drama without words of the romantic love between Columbine and Harle-quin, with the foolish clown Pierrot as the eter-nal guardian of Columbine's virtue.
The pantomime came to Denmark from Italy in 1800 at a time when it was popular and widely performed all over Europe. Naturally, Tivoli also wished to introduce this attractive entertainment, and it has been a tradition in Tivoli since 1844.
As in silent movies, the humour is slapstick: blows and falls, silly mistakes and cunning rudeness. This is combined with graceful steps and a special sign language, which replaces dia-logue in Tivoli's pantomimes.
Many of the plays performed today are several hundred years old and date from the time when travelling troupes of actors toured Europe. Today, the Pantomime Theatre operates only in the summer season and for the rest of the year a majority of the performers are employed at the Royal Ballet.
Thank you Maria.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Singapore 22.11.2013 - 50th anniversary of TV in Singapore.

At 6pm sharp on Feb 15, 1963, a picture of the Singapore flag fluttering in the breeze appeared on more than 2,400 television sets around Singapore. For the thousands more gathered around these magic boxes for the momentous occasion, it must have been a sight to set their hearts fluttering as well.
Television had arrived in Singapore.

2013 marked the 50th anniversary of  TV in Singapore.
The first person to appear on screen was then Minister of Culture S. Rajaratnam, and he said with prescience:

"Tonight might well mark the start of a social and cultural revolution in our lives."

To celebrate TV broadcasting’s golden jubilee, SingPost released a stamp issue featuring Singapore’s TV journey over the last 50 years. Called 50 years of TV, this colourfully-illustrated set of five stamps showcases and chronicles the development of Singapore’s TV broadcasting landscape in the last 50 years. The stamps come in five denominations - 1stLocal, S$0.50, S$0.65, S$0.80 and S$1.10. 

Thanks a lot Shashi. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Spain 11.12.1990 - European Tourism Year

Mr Cardoso e Cunha, a member of the Commission, with the 18 Ministers
for Tourism of the Member States for the Community and the EFTA
countries in attendance, launched the European Tourism Year on 11 December in Strasbourg.

Proposed by the European Parliament and approved by the Council of
Ministers, 1990 was declared as the European Tourism Year.

Major national and Europe-wide events as well as projects and
competitions were planned to take place throughout the year in the 18
participating countries. The aim being to emphasize the economic and social
importance of a tourist industry. The colourful stamp issued by Spain on 11.12.1990 cleary underlines this aim.

Thank you Maria.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Faeroe Islands 21.2.1983 – Old Steam Ships

The stamp on the cover is one of three depicting old steam ships. The First Day Cover, shows the "Arcturus" on the 700c stamp.   

In 1856, a small steam-powered cargo ship known as the Victor Emanuel set sail in the Mediterranean. Privately owned and operated, she weighed only 331 tons and spanned a mere 156 feet in length. For several years she was used exclusively on a route between England and Glasgow. However, when the Faro Islands began to emerge as an important industrial power, the Victor Emanuel and many other cargo ships served to transport the many imports the Faroe Islands needed. It was at this point that the Victor Emanuel was purchased by Koch and Henderson -- a Scottish shipping company. The new owners re-christened their ship the S.S. Arcturus ... named after the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere. Most vessels would make the hazardous journey to the Faroe Islands only in Spring and in late Summer. However, the rugged Arcturus made five to seven trips a year for over ten years. Even though she was the most reliable ship to service the Islands, her small size always put her at a disadvantage to the many larger cargo ships of her day. Thus, in 1867 the Arcturus was torn down and rebuilt into a vessel of much greater size. She then faithfully served the needs of the Faroe Islands for some twenty more years.

Both the Faeroe- and Iceland-stamp show two masts which date the source drawings to before 1872, the year in which "Arcturus" gained a third mast and new steam engine.  Koch & Henderson merged with two other shipping companies in 1867 to form DFDS (United Steamship Company), for whom "Arcturus" continued to sail on the Faeroes-Iceland run continually until 1870.  She collided with the British steamship "Savona" on 5th April 1887 and sank.  

Thank you Merja.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Australia 21.11.1973 - 50th Anniversary of Regular Radio Broadcasting

The stamp on this cover and the cover itself were issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Regular Radio Broadcasting in Australia.
Radio is a way of transmitting signals without wires. It uses electromagnetic radiation to transmit sounds made in one place to listeners in many places. Radio is also known as 'wireless telegraphy', or 'wireless', as earlier methods for sending signals (such as the telegraph and telephone) used wires. Australia adopted radio for communications at sea and in lighthouses, and wireless telegraphy gradually replaced the Overland telegraph which had been completed in 1872.
From the first public radio broadcast in 1923, public and domestic radio sets encouraged communities of listeners. Families and groups gathered around a wireless box or radiogram. Then as radios became cheaper and more portable – particularly with the introduction of transistor radios from the 1950s – personal radios became common, and individuals could listen according to their own preferences.
In December 1922, the Australian Government issued “The Regulations: radio laws for the amateur”. The first licensed broadcast station in Australia, under these new regulations, was 2CM, owned by Charles MacLurcan. The licence (number one) was signed by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Billy Hughes. Callsign 2CM is listed by the Federal Government as Never to be Reissued”, in recognition of the pioneering achievements of Charles MacLurcan. 2CM was the first radio station in Australia to publish a regular program guide.

Thank you Maria.