New Czech Republic Stamps

Prague Castle

\"czechCeska Posta issued a stamp and a miniature sheet dedicated to the painting by Peter Rubens “Assembly of Olympian Gods”.Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577, Siegen–30 May 1640, Antwerp) was a Flemish painter, one of the world’s greatest visual artists, a master of the Baroque style, and the most important Flemish painter of the 17th century.

The painting “Assembly of Olympian Gods” is one of the earlier Rubens pieces from 1602 and, most probably, it shows a disagreement between Venus and Juno. It is also possible that because of its wide format and long sides, the painting was placed on the ceiling of the Prague Castle and was saved from the plundering of the Swedish army in 1648.

 For Children

\"czechThe sitting puppets Jů and Hele and the flying puppet Muf in the background This year’s stamp in the “For Children” series commemorates Stanislav Holý, Czech painter, graphic artist, illustrator, and mainly author of puppets Jů and Hele. Stanislav Holý focused on comics, with the character of Mr. Pip as the main hero. In 1971, he graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the class of Professor A. Hoffmeister.

Holý is best known for Czech Television’s Studio Kamarád (Friendship Studio) dedicated to children, which he enlivened by both the main puppets Jů and Hele, Hary Šoumen (Harry Showman), Muf Supermuf, Tryskomyš (Jetmouse), Šamšula and others, and the studio props. The design of the series was freely inspired by the US Sesame Street.

The print sheet of definitive A-stamps has the form of area-wide stickers separated by a serrated cut. It will be available for purchasing from 28-th of May.

Historical Vehicles

\"czechCeska Posta issued a set of two stamps featuring historical vehicles – Z4 Passenger Car, Zbrojovka Brno and Passenger Paddle Steamer František Josef I.

Z4 Passenger Car. The Z4 automobile, from the manufacturer Zbrojovka Brno, was made in 1936. It had a two-stroke water-cooled four-cylinder engine with a volume of 980 cc with an output of 25 hp, a maximum speed of 100 km/h and an average petrol consumption of 8 liters per 100 km. The 810 kg convertible had a three-speed transmission and front-wheel drive. It had a ladder-type frame and all wheels were independently suspended by leaf springs and hydraulic lever shock absorbers. Drum brakes were fitted on all wheels. The two-door closed body of the automobile was made of sheet steel attached by screws to a wooden frame. The floor of the Z4 was made of wooden planks as well. The spare wheel was located on a huge mount behind the automobile and the trunk had access from inside, after the rear seat backrest was removed.

 (the yellow car in the picture is the automobile from Vlasta Burian’s collection that has survived to the present day).

František Josef I. The largest and most prominent of the six paddle steamboats built in Prague was the passenger (saloon) steamboat, the Franz Joseph I. A new acquisition, the third large-scale ship of the Prague Steamboat Company (PPS), was inspired by a notable increase in the interest of passengers on the Prague–Zbraslav–Štěchovice line after 1880 (particularly in the extremely successful year of 1884). In mid-1886, there was a competition which was entered by several shipbuilding companies: The First Bohemian-Moravian machine factory, the KETTE D.E.G. shipyard from Dresden and the Prague Joint Stock Engineering Company, the former “Rustonka”. The newly built steamboat was initially deployed on the route from Prague to Zbraslav, which was then the most crowded line of PPS. Hundreds of people from Prague used the steamboats for trips to Chuchle (then far from Prague), Modřany and to the summer resort Zbraslav. For example, in 1889, the paddle steamboat performed 136 trips to Zbraslav, 86 to Štechovice and 65 to Davle. The steamboat was also used for sightseeing tours with prominent guests, such as the one on 10 June 1920, in which the first Czechoslovak president, T.G. Masaryk participated.

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