“From rocking to driving” – Europa 2015 stamp issue by Slovenian Post

June 22nd, 2015

FindYourStampsValue.com is glad to inform our readers that Slovenia Post has revealed its version of stamps designed for Europa 2015 stamp competition. The issue consists of two items that depict a rocking horse and a toy car. The philatelic release was put into circulation on the 29th of May.

Today's children take their first steps into the world of movement and mobility with ride-on toys and toy cars. Not so many generations ago, rocking horses were among the most popular toys. Made of wood, sometimes with a metal frame, and painted or "dressed" in hide, rocking horses were a common sight in both urban and rural environments.

Today, despite the ubiquity of a vast variety of electronic and mechanical toys, rocking horses are making a comeback. They are made of natural materials or from combinations of various modern materials. As a result, a connection is being re-established between one of the most primary feelings of movement – rocking – and that "toy" of the modern age that has conquered all age groups: the car.
This connection has become a tangible reality thanks to three young Slovene industrial designers who have enjoyed notable successes both nationally and internationally.

Nika Zupanc has designed a car that functions simultaneously as a ride-on toy and as a toy car in its own right, a kind of mobile "rocking horse". She calls it the Konstantin B. The Giddy-up Rocking Horse by Mateja Panter and Jožica Curk, on the other hand, is a modern interpretation of the traditional rocking horse. Their starting point was an original rocking horse from 1956 and the principle of their approach can be summed up as "re-use, re-design and rethink".

A variety of materials and a careful choice of finishes and colours has allowed them to produce several variants, some for use and some purely decorative. The result is that the Giddy-up Rocking Horse and the Konstantin B are not simply toys, they are also objects, sculptures, that enhance the living environment of people of all ages.