Thursday, October 8, 2009

Taiwan Folk Rhymes FDC

Taiwan FDC
Name: Children's Folk Rhymes (Continued)
Date of Issue: 26 August 2009
Number: Sp.535

Chunghwa Post previously issued three sets of stamps on children's folk rhymes on April 4,1998, April 2, 1999, and April 4, 2001; now it is following up with another set of four stamps on the subject.

"Little Girl and Her Doll" (妹妹背著洋娃娃)
Originally named "Doll in the Garden," the stamp features a little girl carrying a doll on her back, with the background features the garden described in the song. The little birdie in the upper right corner is a fun nod to the last line of the song and is sure to bring a smile to everyone's face.

NT$5.00: "Train" (火車快飛)
In reflection of the song's theme, the stamp features a child happily riding a train. The red color is lively and fun and creates a joyous atmosphere, conveying the kid's excitement as he gets closer to home.

NT$5.00: "Thunder Shower" (西北雨)The big raindrops of the thundershower echo the name of the song. The pink lotus blossoms in the pond and the fireflies and anthropomorphic fish in the rain add layers of interest to the turquoise water.

NT$5.00: "Kingdom of Dolls" (娃娃國)
The stamp features the king and his soldier leaving their palace on horseback. The distant castle is in reference to the name of the song. The king and the soldier, on the one hand, and the castle, on the other—one in the front and one in the back, one large and one small—create a sense of rhythm for the entire composition.

Comment: Chunghwa Post issued a new pre-stamped envelope on same day, so my friend made a double-first day cover for me.

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