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~ Stamp No. 31: Malta ~
Scott Catalogue No. B1

This hideously ugly stamp was apparently designed by someone who had perhaps heard of, but never actually had seen, a bagpipe. The poor piper is left without even a suggestion of a chanter or drone, and is thus reduced to clutching his blowpipe while playing. (This clutching of blowpipes, by the way, is seen quite often in bad bagpipe art and sculpture; it can be taken as a sign of a completely clueless artist.) All of this is especially annoying because Malta has its own large, interesting and rarely seen bagpipe. See previous and next stamps.

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