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Posted 07/25/2022   08:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tomonakaazu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This thread is a real entertainment! The Hungarian 1933 on page 18, posted by Greaden and commented by jamesw - I roared with laughter as I remember how I stared at it when I first saw, then I had to get it (1p in lime green stamp I have).

Here is my Huh???

San Marino
19 October 1977 / design: B. Caruso



Issued on: World Rheumatism Year

My guess: there is an old saying in San Marino region "an octopus sticks on my back" or something similar to express your back pain, and a young girl was chosen for awarness about this illness to the younger generations. But still I suspect an influence from Hokusai's Shunga...
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Posted 07/25/2022   10:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add classic_paper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Anthropomorphic imagery of rheumatism and arthritis as an octopus goes back to at least WWI-era Europe.
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Posted 07/31/2022   09:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KuoLC5310 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A total of 153 countries issued Freedom From Hunger stamps in 1963. This Argentina stamp stands out, in my opinion, as the most qualified Huh stamp…..
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Posted 11/28/2022   9:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Greaden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This stamp belongs in this thread. I hope someone will explain what the hell is going on here, with the sinister inscription on a flying beard.

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Posted 11/28/2022   9:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Air Post (Rhodes)

Symbolic of flight (Bird's Wing)

The silver Opt Surtax was for War Victims.
Sc# C81 1944 50c+2Lira Semi Postal.
CVc $12 / $4

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Edited by rod222 - 11/28/2022 9:31 pm
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Posted 11/28/2022   9:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Tomoko,

Quote:
"an octopus sticks on my back" or something similar to express your back pain,


Indeed, represents the restrictive mobility of those with Rheumatism

The term rheumatism is a loosely used layperson term to describe rheumatoid arthritis. The rheumatoid disorders include those affecting muscles, joints and bones. They are common and have a huge impact on the health of a vast population worldwide.

I had it once in a knuckle, in my hand. Terribly painful
A diet change fixed that.
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Posted 11/29/2022   1:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tomonakaazu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Rod,

Quote:
A diet change fixed that.

That is good thing to know. What kind of change is that? More vegetable or much radical changes?

These stamps below are not Huh? category at all - quite opposite, but I would like to share - they are expressing different types and stages of pain in clean visuals, which others can relate and imagine. In other words, stamps are used as media for understanding others' pain - aren't they? Oh I don't want to carry the globe on me... Tell us, Rod - what should we eat?

Lesotho
1977 / World Rheumatism Year






My "Huh?" objection on the stamp design from San Marino is because of the choice of lady and she is naked - plus octopus is depicted vicious and slimy. Octopuses are intelligent and playful beings!
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Edited by tomonakaazu - 11/29/2022 1:56 pm
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Posted 11/29/2022   3:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Greaden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to Rod222 for explaining the enigmatic Rhodes stamp.

I still have trouble seeing the central image as a birdwing.
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Posted 11/29/2022   5:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
I still have trouble seeing the central image as a birdwing.


Be aware, that is only my interpretation.
Any other ideas welcomed.

It was the time of Art Nouveau, and the stamp designer of the time (B. Bramanti) shows a distorted lettering of other stamps of Rhodes
(The green looks like PODI instead of Rodi )

Your 5c stamp (not optd) with sideways watermark is very rare, scarce I believe.


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Posted 11/29/2022   5:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
That is good thing to know. What kind of change is that? More vegetable or much radical changes?


Who knows, Tomoko.

I haven't had alcohol for 50 years, and being a cyclist, Coffee and cakes were the regime.
I stopped drinking coffee, tea, and eating bread.
Just drink water and Milo
Eat things I previously had a side dishes, lot of fruit n veg.

No science there, I am afraid, it just worked.

Side effects, occasional craving for toast, or iced Vovos

The coffee tea don't miss at all.


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Posted 11/30/2022   04:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tomonakaazu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Oh, thank you so much for revealing your diet, Rod. And that is a radical and rigorous change.. I can't think of my everyday without beer, wine, tea and bread. I applause to your determination and continuation, and wishing you all the best. I hope someone makes sugarless and wheatless, yet tasty iced Vovos in the near future!

Following stamps are, again not in "Huh?" category, and showing changes of diet in the UK. I thought eating sushi was not that commonly spread then, but soon they are found in supermarkets and became a part of common diet. Amazing.

GB
23 August 2005 / Changing Tastes in Britain / design: Catell Ronca & Rose Design




Sorry, Nells250 for posting stamps not directly related to the title of thread... I hope you don't mind a bit of sideways...?
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Edited by tomonakaazu - 11/30/2022 05:23 am
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Posted 12/16/2022   3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tevokkia to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, I have so many stamps that would fall in this category, but I'll start with this gem:




The stamp came as part of a lot, so at first I just considered it "that stamp from Mongolia with the two goats comparing what's in their pants behind a rock" and had a bit of a giggle every time I saw it.

Eventually, I found that it was part of a 1988 Fairy Tale Puppet set, representing a tale called "The Silly Young Goat" or something along those lines, which is a tale with some similarities to "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".

So what are Young Goat and Grandfather Goat actually doing behind the rock? Beats me: I have yet to find a complete story online and not gotten a chance to hit the library. But Young Goat is probably bowing his head in penitence rather than engaging in any funny business.
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