Monday, February 16, 2015

Philipp Franz von Siebold

A vintage-looking hand made and decorated envelope from Nina in the Netherlands.

Interesting stamp, with its origami outlines. It is one of a set of 6 issued in 2014 that celebrates Dutch-Japanese relations, and is part of an ongoing series 'The Netherlands and beyond'. Nice article about this set here.

Philipp was a physician and botanist, famous for cataloguing Japanese flora and fauna. He also had a third first name, Balthasar, maybe that was too long to fit on the stamp. Philipp was father to the first Japanese woman to receive western medical training, well-regarded doctor Kusumoto Ine (also known as O-ine). He was exiled for being in possession of forbidden (at the time) maps of northern Japan, and did not see his daughter until she was in her 30s.

Quite the character!

And interesting to see that the Dutch stamp has the equivalent of an airmail label attached as the selvage.

Nina also included ephemera like that she attached to the envelope for me to use - I am not much of a collager, but I'll have to become one to clear my desk of all this stuff.

The scanner really didn't like this one at first, which surprised me. I'm beginning to think it doesn't care for orange too much, but who knows. Maybe it wants to make its own art?


  1. I have received this very set from the Netherlands, and I'm going to post about one day! Thanks for the link. The envelope is nice.

    1. You bet. I didn't know about the Netherlands and beyond series, so this connection between Netherlands and Japan (of course it makes sense - the Dutch were all over the world trading for centuries). And this story interested me.

  2. Very enjoyable. Always enjoy the handwriting examples.

    1. Yes, Nina collaged the envelope with some great old-fashioned writing as well as stamps.