November 18, 2015

1499, 2046 ITALY (Sicily) - Carretto siciliano

1499 A typical carretto siciliano

Posted on 28.03.2015, 18.11.2015
The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily. Horses were mostly used in the city and flat plains, while donkeys or mules were more often used in rough terrain for hauling heavy loads. The cart has two wheels and is primarily handmade out of wood with iron metal components. There are two types of carts: Carretto del Lavoro (cart for work), used for hauling miscellaneous, and Carretto de Gara, used for festive occasions. They were introduced to the island by the ancient Greeks, and reached the height of their popularity in the 1920s. The Museo del Carretto Siciliano, in Terrasini, in the province of Palermo, is a museum dedicated to the carts.

2046 A carretto siciliano in Taormina

The crews that built carretti included woodcarvers, metal workers, and painters. The woodcarvers carved panels that were often historic reliefs. The metal workers worked the iron, in a 'ferro battuto' style, which included highly decorated metal undercarriages. Each province of Sicily has their own style. The carretti made in the province of Palermo have more of a square box design, those made in Catania are made with more elaborate 'keys', and the carts made in Agrigento have their own distinctive style. Carts are known for being covered with scenes from Sicilian history and folklore as well as intricate geometrical designs. These scenes also served the purpose of conveying historical information to those who were illiterate. The colors of Sicily's flag, yellow and red, feature prominently on the carts.

About the stamps
On the postcard 1499
The stamp belongs to a series of definitive stamps, about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2046

The first stamp was issued in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of Silvano Arieti's birth. Silvano Arieti (June 28, 1914 in Pisa, Italy - August 7, 1981 in New York City) was a psychiatrist regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on schizophrenia. He received his M.D. from the University of Pisa but left Italy soon after, due to the increasingly racial policies of Benito Mussolini. Arieti was professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College, but he was also training analyst in the Division of Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute, and editor of the six-volume American Handbook of Psychiatry. His Interpretation of Schizophrenia won the 1975 National Book Award in Science.

The last stamp belongs to a series of definitive stamps, about which I wrote here.

Sicilian Cart - Wikipedia

Sender 1499: Ana
Sent from Palermo (Sicily / Italy), on 14.09.2014
Photo: Sasa Anselmo / 2008
Sender 2046: Marius Vasilescu
Sent from Palermo (Sicily / Italy), on 26.05.2014

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