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Posted 01/05/2020   10:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Hi, bookbndrbob, thanks! The colors and patterns are really jubilant and hilarious#65292;but I really can't understand what it means by lifting a big Tomato? :-)
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Posted 01/05/2020   10:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think that the rat is holding aloft an orange, which I understand is a symbol of good luck in the Chinese New Year tradition.
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Posted 01/06/2020   12:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kris Rascher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A little house mouse, Mus musculus, probably housing under a tiled roof in Iceland. 2005

(Great fun to read about all these stories and legends from different parts of the world. K.)
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Posted 01/06/2020   01:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, 22crows, you are right, it's orange and is a symbol of good luck. I don't know it , because it is mainly in southern China. In Cantonese orange and luck have the same pronunciation and are often used as a pun. Great to know that, the stamp looks more hilarious now! And I am sure I will have new feelings when I eat orange next time! :-) And it's also interesting to remember that I learned some Chinese tradition from an Australian friend as well as from collecting stamps!
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Posted 01/06/2020   10:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Hi, Kris, it's really unexpected for me that a house mouse is on stamp. When I started this topic, I told myself that there is no way a real mouse is ever put onto a stamp, and perhaps only if they are being chased by a cat or something like that and in some abstract form. And I suppose only with a real mouse stamp, the collection on the mouse topic can be called complete.

House mouse by Qi Baishi, who has a famous saying : Art is between likeness and unlikeness! Are they alike? :-)
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Posted 01/06/2020   6:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Singapore's January 18, 2008 Chinese New Year "Year of the Rat" set (S.G. #s 750-3) includes a self-adhesive "local rate" (26c) stamp.

The 65c stamp shows the lucky orange.



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Posted 01/06/2020   10:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Hi, bookbndrbob, thanks a lot! You know what, orange is really a good omen for me yesterday. I went to a local post-office to get the color digital postmark I posted in the previous page. But the clerk was a little bureaucratic or perhaps in a bad mood, and wouldn't run the machine for just one postcard. But I met a girl from southern China in the hall and we had a joyful talk about their lucky orange traditions. The girl bought several dozens of FDC of that digital postmark, so the clerk kindda can not refuse to run the machine for her. And the girl generously allowed me to add my one postcard to her many FDCs to print the cancel. So I got the mouse+sun postmark at last and everybody was happy! The orange is really a good omen, isn't it! And I have to thank you too, if it weren't for your reply, most probably I will not get that postmark.
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Posted 01/06/2020   11:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kris Rascher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The little Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) lives in grassy meadows and on the forest floor, even in Iceland where there aren't many woodlands. Second stamp in the set of 2005. Glad you like them Idebee!
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Posted 01/07/2020   04:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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The little Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) lives in grassy meadows and on the forest floor, even in Iceland where there aren't many woodlands.

These guys are really adaptive. I am wondering how they live in the winter, as well as those Aland ones. It looks like that they make nests with straws in the summer.

Another mouse painting by Qi Baishi left . He is also writing a poem on the painting, teasing that he is too poor to share his little lamp oil with the mouse. :-)

(His style was not accepted by the mainstream artists for a long time. What he likes to draw is daily life things, such as shrimps, cabbages#65292;crickets, even locusts and mice, which are regarded by many elite artists as low, so he could barely made a living by selling his works that few people would like to buy, and lived on the edge of poverty at that time. )

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Posted 01/07/2020   04:51 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

A video I made a while back with lots of Mickey stamps
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Posted 01/07/2020   10:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, 51studebaker, thanks! But I cannot see the vid, looks like youtube has some problem with my region. :-(
Actually#65292;I was just about to talk about Mickey Mouse. I find many similarities between Qi Baishi and Walter Disney. Both of them used to live in poverty and were often visited by mouse "friends". But they did not detest them, and on the contrary, they began to draw them, and even got inspired by them. And later Disney created Mickey, while Qi became the Mouse Painter . I suppose their mice somewhat represent the way they looked at the world and life, or in another words, represent themselves, so it's very interesting and thought provoking to compare their mice and find out their similarities and differences.

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Posted 01/08/2020   01:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kris Rascher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A house mouse (Mus musculus d.) out and about on the Faroe islands. Artwork by Edward Fuglo, 2013. The large plant could be the Angelica sp. In cold winters mice can survive in their underground tunnels and chambers in a nest of grass and moss, where they hoard seeds and herbs; they don't really hibernate but they slow down their metabolism till it's warm again.
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Posted 01/08/2020   09:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, Kris, when I see your real mouse stamps, my first thought is cute and lovely. Is this a right and proper reaction? :-) They should make these little guys a little more dirty, sneaky and disgusting, shouldn't they?

"Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals." - Walt Disney
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Posted 01/08/2020   09:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wannahocalugie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not have any rat or mouse stamps yet. I just pre-ordered the two year of the rat covers 1/11/2020. Since I'm a rat I had to have them.


Just thought they were appealing.
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Posted 01/08/2020   09:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add idebee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, wannahocalugie, thanks for the info! Any background info for this rat?

"It was all started by a mouse!" - Walt Disney
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