Friday, November 13, 2009

A lovely pre-stamped postcard!

Many thanks to Dragan for sending this lovely pre-stamped postcard to commemorate 100 years of practice of Esperanto in Croatia. It was issued on 07th November 2008.

Esperanto is an artificial language introduced in 1887 and intended by its inventor, Dr. Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof (1859-1917), a Polish oculist and linguist, to ease communication between speakers of different languages. In the 20th century, it has been taught in schools and universities throughout the world but has not received wide acceptance as an international language. A world Esperanto association was founded in 1908 and it now includes members from nearly 120 countries. The illustration above on the left reproduces the first page of the first Gazette published by the Croatian League of Esperanto on April 10 1909.

The pre-printed stamp (value 1.80 kuna) depicts a sculpture entitled "La Futuro" by Danish Esperantist sculptor Jesper Neergaard. Located on the Kennedy square in Zagreb, Croatia, it was inaugurated in 2001 during the 86th International Congress of Esperanto.

To make up for the postage, Dragan used a stamp from the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of Croatian Post, issued on 09th September 2009.

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