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Horses from all over the world on postage. The Schotel Museum will open a unique exhibition

The Jiří Bendl collector from nearby Sejcká Lhota offers stamps depicting horses from more than 120 countries, often from exotic regions or countries that no longer exist. Gallery would In Chotilsk At the end of October, it also offers more general lessons on the history of stamps in national and European contexts.

Which of the many signs presented should definitely not be missed? Stanislava Rákosníková of the Chotilské infocentrum, which, according to the tables on display, counted the serrated exhibits on display by more than four thousand, is evident. As the most beautiful to her, she showed the diaries a series of Australian stamps: “Look here: Black Caviar. Isn’t he the most beautiful?”

However, the stamps issued do not only represent different breeds of horses, and are often typical of the country that issued them. Horse marks also appear in a wide variety of roles. From prevalence in wars, through assistance with transportation or farming to situations where a horse is a companion in recreation and sport. The designer of the Bendl Gallery draws attention to the gallery portion devoted to postage stamps with horses issued in Europe from ancient times until 1939.

Oldest stamps with horses

It is an insight into how the first stamps depicting horses appeared in 1852 in Brunswick, Germany, with values ​​of 1, 2, and 3 silver groschen. The main shape of the print, which was mostly inconspicuous, was an oval hopping horse. It hadn’t been pierced yet, and it wasn’t until two and a half years later that it appeared. But a year ago, other innovations appeared: a safety watermark and differentiation of values ​​using paper of different colors.

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Through Stamps with Horses, the exhibition displays the many curiosities of philatelists of the second half of the nineteenth century and the first of the third of the twentieth century. Italian artifacts of one hundred and sixty years old are in demand. “To ensure completeness, the first Czechoslovak stamps issued on January 1, 1918, were also added, although the horse did not appear on them,” Bendel recalled.

The Schotel Museum is currently open on weekends from 9am to 4pm. From the beginning of June to the end of September, it will receive visitors daily except Mondays, while it will be open for an hour longer, until 5pm. Its permanent features are exhibits on the history of Middle Vltava, the people surrounding the river, and balloon flight.

Behind the historical part are mainly the team surrounding Píbram Mining Museum director Josef Velfl, as well as local collaborators. The soul of the balloon segment has become Richard Graz, who offers sightseeing trips in Chutilsk. Visitors can even touch the fabric from which the balloons are sewn, or take a closer look at the basket of the first hot air balloon that flew here.