Little, sometimes obscure designs on stamps
always fascinate me. They are there oftentimes
for a particular reason, but hidden.
For example, what are the strange whirlygig designs
on the top corners of this Japanese stamp?
My recent book purchase solves one mystery,
and it is a Bell on stamps
It is the "Ekirei"
a bell that comandeered coolies and stage horses in Ancient Japan
seen top corners of the following stamp.
The Chrysanthemum is surrounded by 32 white pearls
which in later issues changes to an Ancient greek "fret"
design, which is almost universally used on all countries stamps,
most noticibly on the French Ceres and Napolean stamps.