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List of Links to Mercurius/Hermes Images (English Version)

Below is a list of links to web image resources of Mercurius (or, Mercury)/Hermes, the Roman/Greek gods of herald, commerce, travel, invention, music, agriculture and thievery, and to pages showing images of the gods.

I prepared a Japanese version of the list in the course of writing a blog piece "Foundation of Starbucks and Changeovers of its Logo" (in Japanese) and published it with a preface as another Japanese article on March 12, 2007 ("List of Links to Mercurius/Hermes Images: Iconography of the Il Giornarle logo").

Il Giornarle color logo"Il Giornarle" (1985-1987) was a coffee bar chain in Seattle, Washington, USA, managed by Howard Schultz, who created it after he left Starbucks (a coffee beans retailer in those days) and ran it until he purchased his ex-employer and merged the two companies into a new one, Starbucks Corporation.

Original_twin_tailed_siren_1Starbucks_logo_until_1987Il Giornarle logo was a profile of Mercury's head printed, as testified by Schultz, in green, which the new company took as a logo color instead of the original dark brown.

Unfortunately, the available copy of Il Giornarle logo has lost shadings, and it is hard to me to state whether in the icon the god wears a winged cap, one of his specialties. The image, however, looks a reproduction of what can be dated to many years ago, such is exactly the mermaid (siren or melusina) of the Starbucks first logo.

Roman_coin_mercury_syd_00875Il Giornarle's Mercury may have been got from something old like an ancient or medieval fine art work, a legendary relic, and (most plausibly) a punch mark of Greco-Roman coins. Maybe. So not maybe. That is a question. Thus I began to collect images, ancient or not, of Mercurius and Hermes, often never distinguishable between the two. I realized soon that the image resource relating to the word "Mercurius," "Mercury" or "Hermes" is surprisingly large, and, what was worse, many images are irrelevant to the Roman/Greek god, but often pictures of goods such as a French boutique's.

Mercurius/Hermes is the god of commerce, and may hide himself in all the commercial products, though what I was seeking was apparent images of the god. I suspended the work, and made up a list of the then found pages showing either of the two gods or both and some image files.

Unlike the Japanese version, some links have thumbnails for help to readers.

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