OF GOALS AND MEANS
recently visited a philatelic exhibition? I have, even many of them, searching
for interesting exhibits that cover my domain of interests. The reaction of
people was also important for me, so I looked attentively around me and
sometimes spoke to visitors. I noticed that the exhibits were rather of interest
for knowledgeable stamp collectors and much less to beginners or people who
entered just to see what is it about. But I saw also some exceptions. For
example in a smaller exhibition, a collection of animals on stamps, presented
aside from the official competition, was shown in a corner, and there I saw a
lot of people, especially young ones, looking attentively and discussing the
B. WHICH IS THE MEANING OF "ARTS ON STAMPS"?
This site is consecrated to so
called visual arts, more specifically to the art of painting, drawing, sculpting,
pottery, tapestry, enamel, stained glass on stamps and others.
C. THE SUBJECTS ON THIS SITE
1. General subjects
(in The General Part): Introduction, What's New on the site, The Paintings and Arts on Stamps,
Internet Club (Bylaws, Members List, Journal), Tips, UPU, London-90 Exhibition,
D. THE STRUCTURE OF THE SITE
The structure of the site follows closely the subjects enumerated earlier through the tree navigation displayed in the left vertical frame. The links are presented in a hierarchical structure, similar to the directory structure of the Windows Explorer. The first level of links points to the main subjects (The General Part, Art Gallery, Countries, My Column and a link back to the Homepage). The second and third level of links point to specific pages. The Site's Map page could be useful for the general orientation.
1. A TOP horizontal frame
contains buttons (links) to the main subjects (Main TOC, Art Gallery, Countries,
My Column and a link back to the Homepage). The Homepage is the entry point of
the site and allows for choosing contents in four languages: English, French,
German and Romanian.
For the computer systems that don't accept Java Scripts, there is a third navigation mean, implemented as a succession of pages. The pages displayed in the Main frame have at bottom an array of links and a Next Page button. Clicking on them display the pages on the full screen (see below for more information).
Please notice that only the menu structure based on the tree navigation (a Java applet) allows for the visiting of the whole site. All other methods display only a limited part of the site.
E. HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS
On of the main goals of the
present site is to display the Arts Stamps as near as possible to their
originals. That means that the stamps should have as much as possible the same
dimensions and colors on the screen as in reality and to fit on the screen the
same way they fit on a usual stockboard page. Which implies the necessity to have enough width
to fit together at least four big format stamps (like those from the French Art
set), together with the left, menu frame.
F. THE MATERIAL USED ON THIS SITE
I mainly use postal stamps, souvenir sheets, First Day Covers and
Maximum Cards from my own collection. Sometimes I use, with permission,
scans sent to me by other stamp collectors. When appropriate, I also use
scans of some postal cards that originate in my collection too.
G. THE ARTS ON STAMPS DATABASE
It took a
long time to put together the information stored in the present database.
I used as a references the Stanley Gibbons "Stamps of the World"
catalogues, the Stanley Gibbons "British Commonwealth"
catalogue, the Zumstein catalogue and since Jan. 1999 the Scott and Michel
Catalogues. Not all Art Stamps are listed in the database yet. The reason
is the time needed to identify all stamps and to enter the information.
Nevertheless over 95% of all Paintings on Stamps issued worldwide till now
are already listed.
H. THE PAINTINGS AND ARTS ON STAMPS INTERNET CLUB
This club was created in 1997 and is very successful, counting in Aug. 2000 over 200 members form 50 countries. Even if some members are rather passive, many of them trade stamps with each other and have established a friendly and helpful relationship. PASIC has a formal organization and was admitted as an affiliated member by the American Topical Association and by the Panhellenic Society of Thematic Philately. The new members can register themselves on-line. The data entered on-line are stored in a database on the server. A new Discussion Forum facilitates the contacts among the members of the club. For more information please consult the PASIC related pages on this site.