Sunday 23 October 2011

Spanish collar

A form of punishment for drunkards and night-time revellers.  A multinational card, written in German, about a "Spanish collar", sent from Japan.  I suspect the contraption is a figment of someone's imagination because the only reference I can find is to a medical condition that I won't go into here. 

The stamps above came on this card.  The following ones arrived on other cards.

And let's not forget Hello Kitty.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"


  1. The snow(?) scene in the second group is my favorite.

    I found some information on the Spanish Collar here:

    As if it were not enough to be weighed down with leg-irons and chains, another even more soul-destroying device was employed at times, to subdue incorrigible rogues. This was known as the Iron Collar or Spanish Collar, its latter name reputedly originating from the devices captured from the Armada galleons.
    The collar was about three inches deep and an inch thick, hinged to fit around a felon's neck and either locked or riveted in position. Its weight, about ten pounds, could be increased by filling it with lead, and the strain of supporting it on one's shoulders was exacerbated by the painful chafing of the short sharp studs which lined its inner surface. They were not the only cruel appendages, for more sharp spikes, protruding from the upper surface of the collar, deterred its wearer from allowing his head to sink forward on to his chest. ...

  2. A frightful contraption worthy of the Spanish Inquisition. Thanks to Postcardy for the background.
    You have some fine stamps here.

  3. Love the hello Kitty stamps. esp. the one on the far left. Delightful! Thanks for participating.

  4. The text on the card refers to a kind of punishment for drunks and people who partied all night long!

  5. Happily the "collar" was not introduced into Britain, the town centres would be full of them:-) I'm intrigued by rock formations on the mountain stamps and of course Hello Kitty is always a winner


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