Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The first time, we have found a stamp in such a style - and doubtlessly very beautiful.

The first time, we have found a stamp in such a perforated style – doubtlessly very beautiful! What was part of a painful process with a library book perforating device some decades ago, can be done with an electric document perforater in a much more automatic and easier way today. The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam used such a perforater to indicate when a book was part of the reading room (Open. Leeszaal) of their library.

To be sure,

To be sure, on the backside of the page, a rectangular stamp with the address of the reading room is added. The well visible lines make it nearly impossible to overlook the address. Probably, the library has more than one reading room and didn’t want to lose its books. To be mentioned is here also the book signature on a sticker in the right upper corner and the other codes in the middle of the page, which could mean that the book was part of different classifications.

Bibliothèque du CERN (Genève, Switzerland)

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Today, this stamp has been replaced by a contemporary barcode and address sticker, but the old version of the CERN stamp was interesting because of his round form, but missing lines. The letters form the circle, leaving space for the date of receiving in the middle, but there are no circle lines which underline the form. The CERN, one of the most well-known research institutions for Theoretical Physics, based in France and Switzerland, is also famous for the invention of the world wide web.

Lehrerbibliothek der Realschule Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany)

These two stamps tell us a long and interesting story.

These two stamps tell us a long and interesting story. The pallid, eclyptic stamp tells us that this book once belonged to the “Höchere Bürgerschule Constanz”. In 1834, this school was founded in the rooms of today’s Heinrich-Suso Gymnasium, offering studies in new languages and mathematics and expanding an already well-established educational offer. In 1848, the school turned independent. Today, the Höchere Bürgerschule Constanz is more known under the name of the Alexander von Humboldt Gymnasium. The second, more visible and rectangular stamp, issues the statement that the book belongs now to the Realschule in Konstanz. “Realschule” was the name of the Gymnasium from 1884-1899.

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This oval stamp belongs to the same Gymnasium mentioned before, as well. From 1899-1925 and from 1945-1948, the Gymnasium was named “Oberralschule”. It can not be said exactly from which period this stamp is coming. However, also this stamp tells us that the book was part of the teacher library. Interestingly, the stamp contains for the first time space for the numerus currens of the book.

 

Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médicine C.H.U.V. (Lausanne, Switzerland)

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The library of the Faculty for Medicine CHUV is the most important library in the cantonal hospital in Lausanne (canton Waadt). CHUV is the acronym of Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois. The stamp itself contains only the adress, but nothing more.

 

This cancelled stamp

This cancelled stamp seems to be an older version of the stamp before. The difference here is in the fact that the stamp does not contain an address, but the mention of a further education program for nurses. However, again, this stamp is rather textheavy.

Biblioteca cantonale Lugano (Lugano, Switzerland)

You probably may know, Switzerland has 26 cantons (districts), which are responsible for various political tasks on their own. It is no surprise that they are organized differently from a canton to another. One of this tasks is the organization, mediation and collection of culture on canton level. The current stamp is coming from the Cantonal Library Ticino, one of the Italian speaking cantons in the South of Switzerland. The library collects, among other tasks, the published books in the canton or made by inhabitants coming from Ticino.

Switzerland has 26 cantons (states), which have been charged by the Swiss federation for various political tasks on their own. One of these tasks is the organization, mediation and collection of culture on canton level. The current stamp is coming from the Canton Library Ticino, one of the Italian speaking cantons in the South of Switzerland. The library collects, among other tasks, the published books on canton level or written by inhabitants from Ticino. In the middle, circumscribed by the library’s name, the emblem of Ticino can be seen, composed of two halfs, one red (left) and one blue (on the right side).  The current stamp is the old version and can mostly be found on old books, kept in the depot.

As comparison, the new version of the stamp.

As comparison, here the new version of the stamp. The only real difference is the change from an oval to a round form.

Bibliothek Landquart und Umgebung (Landquart, Switzerland)

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Landquart is a small but growing city (about 8500 inhabitants), situated at the entrance of the Swiss alps. The city is home to some thriving biotech-firms, which results not only in a hingh intake of taxes, but also in a children’s lab (Kinderlabor) at the public library. This library, situated in a new bulding right at the train station, is exeptionally well equiped with space and infrastructre for a public library at such a small place.

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The stamp is most basic. It is just the name of the library itself (Bibliothek Landquart und Umgebung: Library Landquart and surroundings), set in a sanserif font, using simple black. No other decor is used.

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A look at the stamp used before, when the parish carried another name (Igis / Landquart) and with it the library (Gemeindebibliothek: Local Library), shows the same style, although with a slightly bolder and italic font. Still, the stamp of this library is quite modest.

 

Collège Francois-Xavier Vogt (Yaoundé, Cameroon)

The Collège Francois-Xavier Vogt is a college run by the Trappists order in Yaoundé, Cameroon. In the local context, the college has a very good reputation as well as the library.

The Collège Francois-Xavier Vogt is a college run by the Trappists order in Yaoundé, Cameroon. In the local context, the college has a very good reputation as well as the library.

The round stamp is emblematic and contains not only the logo as well as the postal address of the college, but also the mention "bibliothèque", which means library and the motto "Ora et labora" - pray and work.

The round stamp is emblematic and contains not only the logo with a flame and laurels as well as the postal address of the college, but also the mention “bibliothèque”, which means library and the motto “Ora et labora” – pray and work. This is the motto of the Benedict order, from which the Cistercians derived and later on the Trappists.

Bündner Frauenschule (Chur, Switzerland)

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The Frauenschule (Womans School) of the canton of Grisons in Swizerland was founded in the end of the 19th century. In the beginning it teached woman basically how to become “good housewives” in the modern ages, including economical housekeeping and the like. The canton in those days did not yet had a modern infrastructure or mindset. In fact, cars were seen as such a treat to the people and lifestyle of the canton as well as to the newbuilt cantonal train network, that they were banned between 1900 and 1925. As such, the womans school were an institution of the more progressive parts of the cantonal society as it gave average woman the opportunity to educate themselves and choose other lifes than their ancestors – althought today it seems hopelesly backwards.

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The Frauenschule became basically a womans college and in 2002 the institution was integrated into what is now the university of applied pedagogy of the canton. Nevertheless in the library of the university there are still some books with the old Frauenschule. The Stamp, again, is very simple and straigh forward. It just contains the name of the institution, the postcode and cityname. It is worth to note down that every stamp of the library of the Frauenschule taht can be found today used the same blue ink.

 

Goethe Institut Kamerun (Yaoundé, Cameroon)

This is the new version of the stamp used at the library of the Goethe Institute Kamerun in Yaoundé.

This is the new version of the stamp used at the library of the Goethe Institut Kamerun in Yaoundé.

The stamp is beautifully designed in a round form, containing the name of the Goethe Institute and surrounded by the postal address.

The stamp is beautifully designed in a round form, containing the name of the Goethe Institut and surrounded by the postal address. Above the stamp, the code as well as the numerus currens can be seen, written by hand and with pencil.