Tree Stamps

It’s been a long time since I last posted a stamp series so this time I’m combining another category to try and keep the whole category thing meaningful.

Malaysia gained independance in 1963 so this stamp must precede that. Trees usually feature on stamps as incidental but in this case they are central to the image. Deforestation rates are greater in Malaysia than anywhere else in the world.

The rand became currency of South Africa in 1961. The random quality of the criss-cross background to the fruit tree is weird.

Early shields of Ceylon under Portuguese, Dutch and British dominion all featured coconut trees (and elephants). It’s hardly surprising that Sri Lankan cuisine should feature coconuts so much. In 1432 a Chinese gentleman called Ma-Huan visited Hsi-Lan-Kuo (as he called it) and wrote

The cocoa-nut, which they have in abundance, supplies them with oil, wine, sugar, and food.

I think this is a commemoration of 50 years of Danish nature conservation

Finally a stamp from my own fair country, Britain I mean, not Sussex. I have 3 more from this series of paintings by Leonard Rosoman, who if he is still alive is about 98 years old. They feature Harlech Castle, The Cairngorms and Antrim. In 2002 Rosoman was the guest on the radio programme Desert Island Discs. The luxury item he chose to have on the desert island was a sloping lawn. I think to maintain a sloping lawn on a desert island would require magical powers.

One final point. The first and last stamps both feature the head of Elizabeth II. I think it’s highly probable that no other head has been featured on stamps more often than hers nor ever will be.

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