Object of the Month: September 2020

Object of the Month: September 2020 A Woman Protected from Cholera A copper patch on the chest over flannel bandages, a bodice made of elastic rubber. Above the dress a belt of small bricks, with wax taffeta bow flying towards the back. Lower leg clothes triple garnished with herb bags at the foot. Shoes and overshoes with […]

Mass for Little Heroes

 Masks for Little Heroes (Hua Hua Architects, 2020). Lego figures put on face masks as well: doctors and nurses, superheroes and techers, sportsmen and workers, little men and little women. Why should children be afraid of them? Masks for Little Heroes were designed and made by the Hua Hua Architects studio in Brno. You can […]

Greek COVID 19 Stamp

The Greek stamp was issued as a token of thanks to health professionals as well as all those who followed the quarantine measures, by mid-June still very successful. On the reverse side of the bloc of stamps depicting a man on a ladder the image includes – as an apparent afterthought – a woman as well.

UN: We Are All In This Together

On August 11, a set of six postage stamps was published by the United Nations for the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, valued in dollars, euros and Swiss Francs. The stamps, designed by Rorie Katz, a graphic artist and illustrator and currently Creative Director of the UN Postal Agency, include pictograms for six public health […]

Sewing Machine with Temptation

The Sběratel collectors’ fair – cancelled in March due to the epidemic and the emergency measures –published a complementary coupon accompanying the stamp titled Temptation (Pokušení, March 2020), designed by Vladimír Suchánek (b. 1933). The coupon and the postcard portray a sewing machine, commemorating „the tens of thousands of sewing machines and their artful owners, whose artifice […]

Object of the Month: August 2020

Object of the Month: August 2020 The COVID-19 Pandemic on A Postage Stamp   The COVID-19 pandemic and the joint effort of both health professionals and laypeople to stop the spread of the virus and protect others and themselves soon found depiction on postage stamps. Stamps – just like statues in the space of a city – […]

Hejrupáčci (The Hej Rup Guys)

 The Směr Cooperative was among the largest toy producers in socialist Czechoslovakia. In the 1980s, Směr manufactured simpler, smaller version of Igráček figures under the name Hej Rup. The series included a physician: two doctor toys belong to the Medical Museum collection and – although they wear no masks – have been included in the COVID […]

Masked Playmobil Figures

  Playmobil, the German version of the Igráček figure, has been produced by Geobra Brandstätter GmbH in Zirndorf since 1974. During the Corona pandemic, the makers of both Igráček and Playmobil used their production capacity to make face masks. For charitable purposes, both Igráček and Playmobil donned face masks themselves. Playmobil HeldInnen des Alltags campaign […]