My favourite Darwin portrait stamp

"My favourite Darwin portrait stamp" - blog co-author Mark Norris

"My favourite Darwin portrait stamp" - blog co-author Mark Norris

“I like the simplicity of line, colours and the dignity or gravity of this stamp – it does all it needs to do to celebrate the quiet intensity of a character like Darwin. Just his  name, simple dates and no unintentionally strange caricature of Darwin’s portrait, copied from early portrait paintings or photographs. It’s not the classic grand old scientist and  man with beard we are so used to seeing” says Mark Norris.

“In the classroom for example you could look at clothes, costumes, hair style (Darwin’s picture on stamps is usually copied from early portrait paintings or photographs).

Lots of questions result from this one stamp:

How was this stamp produced? Who was Darwin? Why was or is Darwin celebrated on a stamp? Why was this stamp one of many Darwin stamps produced by a then Communist country? Which country and which currency are shown? How long did Darwin live? Who was Queen or King when Darwin was alive? What happened in this time (timeline)?

Then you can compare it with other stamp designs. Which is your favourite?

This is one of the dozens of Darwin stamps featured in our forthcoming book Charles Darwin: A Celebration in Stamps, to be published in November 2009, 150 years since Darwin published Origin of the Species and in Darwin’s 200th anniversary year.

This blog will give teachers, children  and stamp enthusiast of all ages ideas about how stamps can be used educationally and artistically in the classroom, the craftroom and in your own stamp collection.

In future blogs,  Darwin stamp book authors Sandie Robb from RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Mark Norris from Newquay Zoo in the UK will tell you more about how they use stamps in their jobs, why they collect them and how they promote stamp collecting and philately.

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3 Responses to “My favourite Darwin portrait stamp”

  1. Tnelson Says:

    Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya

  2. Bill Bartmann Says:

    Hey, I found your blog while searching on Google your post looks very interesting for me. I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

  3. darwin200stampzoo Says:

    Tnelson and Bill

    Thank you very much for your comments. The Charles Darwin: A Celebration in Stamps is now published. It is aimed at schools and will be available free to schools on request but it is also of general interest and can be purchased for £6 (plus p&p). See blog entry 25th Nov for details.
    I hope you continue to find the site of interest.

    Sandie Robb

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