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Europe/Other : Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

 

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youpiao
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15 Feb 2016
07:08:40pm
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Malta does not seem to attract much philatelic love, but this set is one of my favorites in my collection.

Issued in 1899 (Scott #17-18), the 2/6 value depicts the allegory of Malta (though, red would have been a nicer color choice, to match her clothing and the flag), while the 10sh depicts St Paul After the Shipwreck, a biblical event which took place off the coast of Malta.

The stamp image appears to have been adapted from this painting by Gustave Doré.
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If you like classic 19th century engraved stamps (and who doesn't?) this set would make an attractive and affordable addition to your collection.


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15 Feb 2016
07:26:09pm
re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

Thanks Ted for your post. I'm an avid Malta collector and the stamps you have shared here are very nice examples.

Regards ... Tim.

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16 Feb 2016
12:07:26am
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I don't know about you, but on that 10 shillings stamp, it looks like there are a couple of women clinging on for dear life while the good ol' saint is standing there praising god. I think I would have tried to save their lives before counting any blessings. Is being shipwrecked and almost drowning really a blessing?

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16 Feb 2016
12:31:24am
re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

Youpiao, Beautiful stamps!

Michael, Keen observation!

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16 Feb 2016
03:08:13am
re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

Hey Ted, very cool stamp. Viper coming out of the fire just like in the book of Acts. Great stamp.

Ernie

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16 Feb 2016
10:07:02am
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Michael#s: With the gift of prophecy, the saint would have known how much more important it was that he be the one to not drown and, being humble, was only grateful for our sake. Cheers,

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jillcrow

17 Feb 2016
08:10:55am
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I don't see any women there, more likely prisoners, soldiers, centurion.

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17 Feb 2016
01:08:49pm
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I think the reference was to the stamp rather than its source. The stamp designer, indubitably male, shamelessly substitutes Dore's soldiers with a couple of women, one of whom seems accidentally to have lost her clothes, affording the men an exciting view of naked breasts, just in case we tired of beholding the saintly Paul in his strangely dry nightshirt. Of course you had to pay extra for your thrills back in 1899, so the cheaper stamps show some ships.

Happily, later Maltese stamps have a certain style - I'm thinking of E.V.Cremona's various designs.

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youpiao

15 Feb 2016
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Malta does not seem to attract much philatelic love, but this set is one of my favorites in my collection.

Issued in 1899 (Scott #17-18), the 2/6 value depicts the allegory of Malta (though, red would have been a nicer color choice, to match her clothing and the flag), while the 10sh depicts St Paul After the Shipwreck, a biblical event which took place off the coast of Malta.

The stamp image appears to have been adapted from this painting by Gustave Doré.
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If you like classic 19th century engraved stamps (and who doesn't?) this set would make an attractive and affordable addition to your collection.


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15 Feb 2016
07:26:09pm

re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

Thanks Ted for your post. I'm an avid Malta collector and the stamps you have shared here are very nice examples.

Regards ... Tim.

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16 Feb 2016
12:07:26am

re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

I don't know about you, but on that 10 shillings stamp, it looks like there are a couple of women clinging on for dear life while the good ol' saint is standing there praising god. I think I would have tried to save their lives before counting any blessings. Is being shipwrecked and almost drowning really a blessing?

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16 Feb 2016
12:31:24am

re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

Youpiao, Beautiful stamps!

Michael, Keen observation!

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TribalErnie

16 Feb 2016
03:08:13am

re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

Hey Ted, very cool stamp. Viper coming out of the fire just like in the book of Acts. Great stamp.

Ernie

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ikeyPikey

16 Feb 2016
10:07:02am

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Michael#s: With the gift of prophecy, the saint would have known how much more important it was that he be the one to not drown and, being humble, was only grateful for our sake. Cheers,

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jillcrow

17 Feb 2016
08:10:55am

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I don't see any women there, more likely prisoners, soldiers, centurion.

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Guthrum

17 Feb 2016
01:08:49pm

re: Malta - St Paul After the Shipwreck

I think the reference was to the stamp rather than its source. The stamp designer, indubitably male, shamelessly substitutes Dore's soldiers with a couple of women, one of whom seems accidentally to have lost her clothes, affording the men an exciting view of naked breasts, just in case we tired of beholding the saintly Paul in his strangely dry nightshirt. Of course you had to pay extra for your thrills back in 1899, so the cheaper stamps show some ships.

Happily, later Maltese stamps have a certain style - I'm thinking of E.V.Cremona's various designs.

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