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Memories of Venezuela

Memories of Venezuela

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December 1959 my parents moved to Caracas, Venezuela and enabled me to enjoy a few months of living in a beautiful colorful, tropical paradise with a rich nature and joyful people. The following records list some of my pleasant memories.

Contents:

~ 1700: The Conquistadores Stirrup
1785: The Venezuelan flag:'s design by Francisco de Miranda
1866: Correos de E.E.U.U. de Venezuela
1866-1870 The Contraseña imprint
1959: Venezuelan Music
1957: Arrows and a bow (probably Venezuela)
1960: Machete (Columbia)
1960: The Cedula (1960)
1960: The Märklin Imports
1960/2012: The Teleferico at Mérida
Appendix I - Pricelist Märklin 60-61 in Venezuelan Bolivares
Appendix II - Märklin Floorplan
December 1959 my parents moved to Caracas, Venezuela and enabled me to enjoy a few months of living in a beautiful colorful, tropical paradise with a rich nature and joyful people. The following records list some of my pleasant memories.

Contents:

~ 1700: The Conquistadores Stirrup
1785: The Venezuelan flag:'s design by Francisco de Miranda
1866: Correos de E.E.U.U. de Venezuela
1866-1870 The Contraseña imprint
1959: Venezuelan Music
1957: Arrows and a bow (probably Venezuela)
1960: Machete (Columbia)
1960: The Cedula (1960)
1960: The Märklin Imports
1960/2012: The Teleferico at Mérida
Appendix I - Pricelist Märklin 60-61 in Venezuelan Bolivares
Appendix II - Märklin Floorplan

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Memories of Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela
 
~ 1700: The Conquistadores Stirrup
Most of the brass Conquistadores Stirrups sold in eBay probably are simple and cheap imitates, even if they have been created as worn out shoes with lots of repairs. I remember the stirrup shoes my mother acquired around 19! in Caracas, "ene#uela were also worn out and repaired. $hose days imitates probably were seldom for the absence of tourism in this part of the world.%s usual each shoe has two trian&ular holes for the draina&e of the shoe after a ride in the water. $he repairs seem to be improvised, usin& different metals by mi'in& iron, copper and brass for repairs. $he repairs inventively have been done for heavy duty use and not for decorative improvements. $his sufficiently proves their authenticity.
 
 Fig. 1: Repairs on Conquistadores stirrup shoes
 
$he pu##lin& thin& however was an decorative inscription ()*S+ which may have identified the owner or the troops of the stirrups. In the web some similar ()*S+pairs of shoes mar-ed )*S, but no e'planation is &iven for the inscription.
 KOS Conquistador 
 is also referred to a son& (/rocol 0arum 
 +, but no e'planation is bein& &iven. In Spanish ()+words are rather seldom. $he only words that start with the letter ) in Spanish are  borrowed words li-e -ilometer, -ilowatt, -ilo&ram and -ios-.
 
 Fig. 2: KOS-inscription in Conquistadores stirrup shoes Fig. 3: KOS-inscription in Conquistadores  stirrup shoes
 
1785: The flag's design by Franiso de !iranda
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*f course I remember the national "ene#uelan fla& and the national anthem
 
(Spanish)
 , which in the si'ties had been played at the end of the television transmissions. It too- some decades to understand the history of the fla&s desi&n by 2rancisco de Miranda, who accordin& to his own notes must have discussed the bac-&rounds of symbolism with 3oethe
4
. 5urin& a party in 6eimar in the winter of 178, 3oethe had a lateni&ht conversation on his theory of primary colors with the South %merican revolutionary 2rancisco de Miranda. $his conversation inspired Miranda, as he later recounted
:
, in his desi&n of the yellow, blue and red fla& of 3ran Colombia, from which the present national fla&s of Colombia, "ene#uela and ;cuador have been derived
<
. $he followin& details of Miranda=s bio&raphy have been documented in 6i-ipedia>Miranda, who had bou&ht himself a commission as a 3eneral of the Spanish %rmy around 1771 ?somethin& not unusual in the ;uropean armies at the time@, became interested in the
 #$erican Reolutionar% &ar 
, while servin& as Captain of the %ra&on Ae&iment and aidedecamp to 3eneral uan Manuel de Cai&al y Monserrat, ?17:91811@. Dnder Cai&al, Miranda participated in the 1781 Battle of /ensacola, which saw British 6est  2lorida fall into Spanish hands, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel.0e participated in the Capture of $he Bahamas and carried news of the island=s fall to his superior Bernado de 3alve#. 3alve# was an&ry that the Bahamas e'pedition had &one ahead without his permission and he imprisoned Cai&al and had Miranda arrested. Miranda was later released, but this e'perience of Spanish officialdom may have been a factor in his subsequent conversion to the idea of independence for Spain=s %merican colonies.0e later returned to the Dnited States in 178:, where he met, amon& others, 3eor&e 6ashin&ton, $homas /aine, %le'ander 0amilton, 0enry )no', and $homas efferson, embar-in& from Boston for ;n&land on 5ecember 1, 178<.2ascinated with Miranda=s account of his e'ploits in the Dnited States Aevolutionary 6ar  and his travels throu&hout the %mericas and ;urope, 3oethe told him at his visit 178 that, Eour destiny is to
create in %our land a place
 
'here
 primary
 colors are not distorted 
.+ 0e proceeded to clarify what he meant
>(2irst he e'plained to me the way the iris transforms li&ht into the
three pri$ar% colors
 FGH then he proved to me why yellow is the most warm, noble and closest to FwhiteH li&ht
 why  blue is that mi' of e'citement and serenity, a distance that evo-es shadows and why red is the
e(altation
 of yellow and blue, the
 s%nthesis
, the
anishing o) light into shado'
.+
1 Symbolism in %ntipodal Colors  e'plainin& the bac-&rounds to 3oethe=s Color $heory  4$he 0ermetic Code' II  Bipolar Monotheism :Miranda &ave at least two sources of inspiration for his fla&. In a letter written to Count Simon Aomanovich 6oron#off  ?"orontsov@ in 1794, Miranda stated that the colors were based on a theory of primary colours &iven to him by the 3erman writer and philosopher ohann 6olf&an& von 3oethe. Miranda described a lateni&ht conversation which he had with 3oethe at a party in 6eimar durin& the winter of 178. <See 2la& of ColombiaJ0istoryalso quoted from 6i-ipedia/robably to be understood as (
light 
 ?
represented "% %ello'
@ in contrast to
 shado's *represented "% "lue+
+

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