Germany has issued a stamp on 275th Birth Anniversary of Carl Gotthard Langhans on 27 Dec 2007. Carl Gotthard Langhans ( 15 Dec 1732 -01 Oct 1808 ) was a Prussian master builder and Royal architect. Churches, Palaces, Grand Houses, Interiors, theatres, City Gates etc in Berlin, Postdam, Silesia (Poland) designed by him are examples of Neoclassical architecture in Germany.
His best-known work is Bradenburg Gate in Berlin which symbolises today’s Germany and Germany Unification of 1989/90. Brandenburg Gate features on German Coins and Currency also.
This gate was built on orders of Prussian King Frederick William II between 1788 and 1791 and designed by Carl Gotthard. the gate consists of twelve Doric columns, six on each side, forming five passageways. Atop the gate is a Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses and Goddess of Victory Victoria with Prussian eagle and Iron cross on her lance with a wreath of oak leaves. It survived the WW II but was badly damaged and then restored.It was closed from 1961 when the Berlin wall was built and reopened on 22 Dec 1989 when Helmut Kohl walked across to be greeted by Hans Modrow.
The Gate has been host to many rallies and talks and events. US Presidents from John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama have addressed rallies here. The German National Football team held a Victory rally here to celebrate its victory in 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is also the usual finish line to Berlin Marathon.
Two First Day Covers with Berlin Cancellations are listed. The Covers and Cancellations feature Brandenburg Gate and Horse Drawn Chariot.
Germany issued a stamp of 45 euro cent denomination on 14 Jun 2007 to mark the 125 Birth Anniversary of Karl Valentin.
Karl Valentin (1882-1948) was a Bavarian comedian, clown, author and film producer. He had a significant influence on German Weimar Culture. Valentin starred in many silent films in the 1920s and was sometimes called “Charlie Chaplin of Germany”.
Stamps on Indian Fashion through the Ages Series II- Sari in Myriad Forms -2019
India issued a miniature sheet with four stamps on the theme Indian Fashion through the Ages- Series II – Sari in Myriad Forms. It was issued on 12 Jun 2019.
Rupees 12 – Traditional Parsi Attire. The Parsi woman is wearing a traditional Gara embroidery Sari. Parsi man is wearing a long caftan and turban around the head.
Rupees Five – PatharePrabhu.This form came from Patan Gujarat to Bombay. It was also inspired by English fashion trends of those times. The women tailored their blouses with the English Puffed sleeves and wore them under the Kasbis -a nine-yard satin sari with border in gold and silver. These were path-breaking fashion designs.
Rupees Five – Brahmika Sari. A Woman from Tagore household staying in Bombay modified the Parsi style of Sari worn in Gujarat to adapt to the social circles of Bombay. The Pallu was draped over the left shoulder instead of the right shoulder. The ladies from Brahmo Samaj started calling it Brahmika Sari.
Rupees 15 – Silver Screen. The Saris or dresses won by actresses of Indian Cinema or SilverScreen was a fashion statement. The 1930’s attire of Leading actress Devika Rani is featured on this stamp.
Germany has issued a stamp on Captain of Kopenick or Hauptmann von Kopenick affair. Der Hauptmann von Kopenick ( The Captain of Kopenick) is the title of several Films, Plays and Television shows on Kopenick affair. This was based on Wilhelm Voigt an imposter whose fraudulent life was depicted.