Log hives

When in many East Europian areas the transfer was made from forest beekeeping to garden beekeeping, in general beekeepers remaining used hollowed out tree trunks - in the German language "Klotzbeuten".

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In some areas - coarse featured the Erzgebirge (ore mountains) and the Riesengebirge (giant mountains) - for many generations wood carving has been practised. Just in these areas the need arose to carve the 'klotzbeuten'. First of all with faces around the hive entrance. Later this carving was extended over all.

When the complete tree trank is carved, you will often see that the bee hive part is on the back of a figure. The meaning of the carving is to deter danger and disaster. The meaning is in force when again the tree trank houses the colony of bees.

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Carved bear with hive on the back; Polish postmark, Swarzedz 01.09.1976.

Therefore the stamps, on September 29, 1999 issued by Czechia, are a very welcome completion of the collection. Two stamps have a secular motive, the third one has a religious motive.

Value 4,60 Kc is the figure of a woman. Colours used: black, ochre, brown, green and red. Etnography Institute of Moravian Ceuntry Museum, Brno.

Value 5,00 Kc: St Josef with infant Jesus; in the colours black, brown, bhie, ochre and grey-green. Czech Country Museum, Castle Kacina.

Value 7,00 Kc: a sweeper in the colours black, brown, ochre, grey-blue and green. City Museum of Mnichovo Hradiste. Every stamp has its own FDC. On the 7,00 Kc stamp FDC is pictured a log hive with the figure of a man on it.

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 4/1999 
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