|Seal of Surat Thani province|
While looking for more about this book, I discovered that there were earlier similar publications. In 1968, the Department of Provincial Administration (กรมการปกครอง) published a book titled ประวัติและความหายของดวงตราประจำจังหวัด (Prawat lae khwammai khong duang tra pracham changwat, Provincial seals, their history and meaning), though at 71 pages it probably much less detailed than the 1999 book. But even more interesting is another one titled ประวัติและความหายของดวงตราประจำเทศบาลทั่วราชอาณาจักร) (Prawat lae khwammai khong dūang tra pracham thetsaban thua ratchaanachak, Municipal seals, their history and meaning). As there were only about 120 municipalities back then, these fit well into the 120 pages of this book. What is really a pits is that both books have been scanned by the University of Michigan, but due to the copyright law one cannot access the scans on the net - even though I would think the books are not copyrighted as being governmental publications.
|Seal of TAO Bang Bai Mai,|