New : the same image has been reproduced recently also on a Guinean stamp. More on this later !
|Annabergite crystals from "Km 3", between Lavrion and Kamariza, Attika, Greece. Collected in 1978. North-Korean postage stamp.|
A few months later Rupert Hochleitner, author of the German book "Fotoatlas der Mineralien und Gesteine" asked permission to publish Piet Stemvers' photo in his book. This was granted with a certain feeling of proud, of course.
Several years later images of a North-Korean postage stamp series appeared in The Mineralogical Record, with european mineral specimens as subject. One of them was... my own annabergite specimen from Lavrion !
The North-Koreans, who never subscribed the Bern Convention on copyright issues, just copied 3 images from Hochleitner's book, including the annabergite that is still in my collection today.
I bear no malice for this infringement of the copyright act... I'm rather proud ! I would however have preferred that they would have asked :
we would have given them a perfect original for reproduction instead of the 3rd generation rastered and printed copy
they used. That is indeed why the graphical quality of this stamp is so bad. A pity, isn't it ?
|This is the original sample in its original "Jousi"-box just as it is still in my collection|
|The original image as it appeared in Hochleitner's book. Photo Piet Stemvers.|
|And this is the first day cover ("F.D.C.") with the 3 stamps copied from Hochleitner's book|