Pablo Picasso Birth Centenary Czechoslovakia, Scott Nr 2374 (1981)
I have a print of that painting that my dad gave me years ago. I always remembered looking at it as I was growing up and wondering what Picasso was thinking when he painted it. It was only later that I learned that Guernica was painted as his reaction to the Nazi's bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. I have the print on my wall in my stamp room/office today.
Worldwide collector of stamps and covers! I gave up on limiting to only certain countries.
Poland, Scott Nr 1278 (1964) Honoring the 3 cosmonauts on the Voskhod space flight of Oct 12-13, 1964.
Note that on the 3rd stamp, the symbol used to denote the medical officer's profession is correctly depicted as the Rod of Asclepius (son of Apollo, god of health and medicine). The more familiar caduceus, depicting 2 snakes intertwined around a winged staff, has nothing to do with medicine, and everything to do with Hermes/Mercury, the conductor of the dead to the world of the afterlife.
Kudos to Poland for paying attention to detail. It peeves me to see the Staff of Caduceus being used by almost all medical professionals and healthcare services in my country too. Its association with commerce and the afterlife directly contradicts the principles of healing, though unfortunately commerce has become a big part of medicine nowadays!
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Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
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