Thursday, 10 January 2013

Bildkarto Historio de Esperanto

Postal History of Esperanto

اسپرانتو کی  پوسٹل تاریخ

Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof and Esperanto


Esperanto is a language created in the late 1870s and early 1880s by Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof (1895-1917) born in Bialystok in the Russian Empire (now part of Poland). According to Zamenhof, Esperanto was created to foster harmony between people from different countries. With the publication of his first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro ,in 1887, Zamenhof saw the number of speakers grow rapidly over the next few decades. 

Philatelic Commemoration of Zamenhof

In 1927, the USSR issued a postage stamp featuring a vignette of Dr. Zamenhof to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the creation of Esperanto. Since then, several countries have celebrated Esperanto by issuing postage stamps or providing special cancellations to mark Esperanto events.

USSR 1927

On December 15, 1933, the Brooklyn Esperanto Society prepared a souvenir cover to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Zamenhof.

A tribute to Dr. Zamenhof and his idea for worldpeace

7th International congress of Esperanto, 
Antwerp, Belgian

Suriname honoured Zamenhof and the Esperanto movement with a set of 3 tasteful stamps, at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Esperanto.
Since Suriname used to be part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, until its independence in 1975, Dutch is spoken in this Central American Republic.
Therefore you can read "100 jaar Esperanto" (100 years of Esperanto) on the first stamp.
On the 60 cent stamp, the green star, "la verda stelo" is shown.
This is the symbol of Esperanto, as long with the mirrored E "ЄЭ" on the 3rd stamp, which is a more recent design.

The 110 cent stamp shows a world map with two white doves holding a flag, symbolising world peace.

100 years of Esperanto

تین ٹکٹوں کا ایک سیٹ، اسپرانتو کی سو ویں  سالگرہ کے 

موقع پر ضامن ھوف  اور اسپرانتو تحریک کے نام 

سورینام ، ہالینڈ ... اسپرانتو کے سوسال

ساٹھ فیصد سٹیمپ پر، سبز ستارہ، دکھایا گیا ہے

When talking about Esperanto, we're talking about a language.
Call it 'constructed' or 'artificial', speaking Esperanto, doesn't give me the feeling there's much artificial about it. It's a tool to make people understand eachother in a world with so many languages.

According the Bible (First or Old Testament) in the beginning there was only one language. (which wasn't Esperanto I suppose).
But menkind became presumptuous, and tempted God by building an enormous tower according to the Book of Genesis,  in the plain of Shinar. Pretending that speaking in one language, one voice, would make them invincible.
"And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth."(Genesis 11:5-8)"
Also in the Qur'an there is a story with similarities to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel, though set in the Egypt of Moses. In Suras 28:38 and 40:36-37, Pharaoh asks Haman to build him a stone, or clay tower so that he can mount up to heaven and confront the God of Moses.

This image inspired Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the flemish renaissance painter in 1563 to make a painting of the so called 'tower of Babel'.

یہ تصویر  'بابل کے  ٹاور' کی ایک پینٹنگ ہے 

Belgium - Esperanto 1982

A very nice stamp, and a very nice tribute to Dr. Zamenhof.

Esperanto 1987

Two polish issues, to remeber and 

honour Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof

 6th to 9th August 1926, 
6th international congress of Esperanto-Proletarians in Leningrad

6th international proletarians (6th)  Esperanto - Congress

Stamps on the theme of Esperanto can easily be found.
Coins however are less easy to obtain.
And yet, there are...
A fine example is this 1 Cuba Peso coin, to commemorate 
the Esperanto Congress in Havana in 1990.
It's a non-circulating commemorative coin.
Mintage is 6000 only!
Catalognumber (Krause) KM 250
Ø 30 mm
Copper - Nickel

Cuba Peso coin, to commemorate 

the Esperanto Congress

 in Havana in 1990

25 kuna, Ist Esperanto Congress 

Kroatia in 1997

Hungary celebrating 70 years of Esperanto in 1957 

Belgium - Esperanto 1982

Brazil, Ora jubileo de Esperanto

Golden jubilee of Esperanto

Bulgaria hosting 

the 48th International Esperanto Congress

 in Sofia 1963

Esperanto Congress in Budapest

Esperanto en servo de la mondpaco

Esperanto serving world peace

Brasil 1937

Russia 1927 Esperanto

Yugoslavian 1988 Post celebrating 
100 years of Esperanto

In 1959, Brazil commemorated 

the 100th anniversary date of 

Dr. L. L. Zamenhof

A tribute to Dr. Zamenhof

 and his idea for worldpeace