Sunday, September 23, 2018

F is for Frozen Treats

USPS issued a set of 10 stamps celebrated ice pops (ice lollies in some countries).

These are also the first scratch and sniff stamps issued by the USPS.

I used some of them on envelopes 925 and 928 sent out for one of Jean's envelope exchanges.

This is not one of the envelopes, and unfortunately the scanner was malfunctioning a bit, hence the grey lines.

I also used some on this envelope and minimal mail art to MomKat in Greece. I called this one 'Is it pink, or is it lime?'

For more fabulous F posts, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

E is for El bullying, Espana, Europa, Euro, and Eva

I think this had a postal adventure of the delayed kind, because it arrived 2 days ago, and I think it was sent a while ago.

Regardless of that fact, the are a lot of Es on this postcard.

The stamp in question, issued in 2016, is foiled, so hopefully the photo does it justice. Showing the silhouette of a person, the translation of the message is: You can stop bullying, don’t ignore it at your school”.

Thanks, Eva, for this unique sending. 

For more excellent E postage, check the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

D is for Dragons

USPS issued a set of dragon stamps in August, and the first day of issue ceremony was here in town. I couldn't attend that day, however I did stop by, and this was the USPS area:

There's one person I know who loves dragon-related mail as she is a dragon in the lunar zodiac, so who better to send envelope 847 to than Heleen?

You can't appreciate it in online or flat scans, but the stamps have flecks of orange foil as highlights. I tried to take some photos, but they really don't do it justice.

For more postage with a D theme, delve into the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

C is for Contest

Eva sent me a nice envelope with this lovely stamp of a mandrill on.

The stamp is the winning design in the youth category of an annual contest run by Correos. 

Mandrills are native to Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Eva's letter was written on intriguing paper with a great travel-related design on the back, and the envelope had an encounter with a mail monster - which took a tiny little bite out of the edge. Just enough to get a taste, not enough to injure the insides. Basically a flesh wound :)

For more postage with a C connection, visit the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

B is for a Butterfly from Belgium

Heleen, on a short trip to Belgium from her native Netherlands, surprised me with this one. It might be my first Belgian stamp ever. It shows a Red Admiral butterfly, and has a symbol for 'world' rate (outside Europe, basically) with a built-in airmail indicator. 

I love the little caterpillar she added to the envelope at a very early hour in the morning :) .

Inside were two postcards, one of castles, and one irregularly shaped like a serving of Belgian fries - I think that is mayo on the fries - which to me is disgusting, but to Belgians is clearly how it is done. I doubt it would have traveled all that well through the mail, so nice that it was in the envelope.

For more links to postage with a B theme head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A is for Airmail...

...and Anniversary! 2018 is the centenary of airmail service in the USA. 

I used some of the blue stamps on an envelope to Eric that was made from the cover of US Philatelic magazine. I think they are slightly less bright in real life compared to the USPS image.

The stamp has also been issued in a red version. There has been some discussion as to whether there will be confusion considering the fact that the stamps say 'airmail', when they are in fact 'forever' stamps valid for first class domestic mail.

For more postage with an A theme, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Z is for Zebra nerite

I already showed one of the current USPS domestic postcard rate stamps under X, and when researching it I realized that another one in the group of 4 would be perfect for Z.

This stamp shows a zebra nerite, a type of snail - a perfect way to end given that letters with stamps on are now referred to as 'snail mail'.

And there we are at the end of another A to Z round of Sunday Stamps. For more Z links head over to the main site.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Mail Art Experiment

Diana H, a mail artist I know from IUOMA, discovered a stash of pages covered in handwritten scientific experiment notes.

I participated and the page arrived in this amazing envelope.

With a note on a nice card.

I received this page.

And turned it into this (the silver parts may be hard to appreciate.

If you would like to see more altered pages head over to The Mail Art Experiment's Tumblr page.

And if you are in Crozet, Virginia, the exhibit runs August 21st to October 2nd at the Crozet Library.

The exhibit announcement arrived in the form of this lovely card featuring six of the altered pages.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Y is for Your own design

I didn't want to go with the easy Y is for Yellow option, or repeat 'Year of the Chinese Animal'. So I present to you a stamp where Heleen has used her own design. It seems like more and more post offices allow you to customize your own design. Here in the US this is licensed to a couple of companies (and you are charged extra for it).

I doubt any of these designs are truly collectible, but you never know.

Heleen's envelope came with an added snail, as well as a fun December stamp.

Inside was a stripy banana - thanks for the fun mail, Heleen.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Faster than a speeding bullet!

This great superhero envelope did travel quite fast from France, taking only 5 days.

I love the idea of a shy superhero...

I also liked how Eric used two reddish Marianne's to fit with the color scheme. Thanks!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hands in the mail

Eva sent this great 'postcard' she received at a play, Los Mendigos (The Beggars). It is an interesting piece, the size is similar to a large bookmark.

And even more interesting are some of the stamps on the back that match the hands on the front.

Monday, July 30, 2018

X is for Xmas in July

I'm not normally a fan of abbreviating Christmas to Xmas, however it allows me to have a bonus post for the current Sunday Stamps A-Z.

I bring you a tale of two Xmas cards that decided to have an adventure.

The first is from Fabienne. The polar bear stamp is wonderful, and the stained glass one is part of a set titled Structure and Light issued in 2016 by La Poste. They make a perfect pair for Xmas postage.

Posted December 18, it didn't arrive until January 29, with no signs as to why it took so long (usually mail from France arrives in 5-10 days). There were Xs inside, too.

The second late arrival had an adventure that is easier to figure out. Eric sent this on December 13. For some reason it ended up gaining a Macon, Georgia postmark December 23. I'm not quite sure why it went there, since it is clearly addressed.

It must have done the rounds in Macon, because it gained another postmark January 20, and it finally arrived here January 23. You can see that the IMB has been blacked out, so I assume at some point this poor envelope gained the incorrect barcode, which sent it around Macon a few times before finally being corrected and successfully being delivered more than a month late.

The stamp is actually a print at home Xmas label featuring a penguin, wishing me a Joyeux Noel.

Included with the card was this wonderful ATC oil similar colors. A very nice piece of work, Eric, I love that it has a nice feel to it - is it collaged? 

Eric and I seem to have had trouble with our holiday mail the last few years :) Maybe 2018 will be better.

This has been a bonus post for the letter X of Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

X is for Xed out

I really wish the post office wouldn't do this...

This is a domestic postcard-rate stamp (currently 35c), and has a link to this whole A-Z series in that it depicts a seashell called an alphabet cone, Latin name Conus spurious. The common name results from the fact that the markings often look like letters, and may seem to spell out short words. Take care when handling a live one: they have a modified tooth that functions as a poisonous harpoon!

The only time I thought an Xed out stamp worked, was on this zombie envelope (not for the squeamish).

To see more postage with an X theme, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Monday, July 23, 2018

W is for Whale, White and Water

Five great shark stamps were issued last year by the USPS.

One of them is a whale shark (my favorite of the stamps), and if you're looking for a couple more W links, there's a great white, and all the sharks are depicted swimming in water.

I sent them on this piece of mail art to Katerina.

For more links to postage with a W theme, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

V is for Vanishing Trades

I have received two of these amazing Vanishing Trades stamps form Singapore. 

I showed the front of this postcard for a Sunday Stamps entry back in 2016. Here is the back.

There are 14 in total, some issued in 2013, the rest in 2014. Here is a link to the SingPost website for better images, you'll have to scroll down the page.



For links to more  postage with a V theme, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Friday, July 13, 2018

U is for United Nations

Going with the same U as last time, here's a 70c stamp from the UN issued in 2003 that features a holographic portion. It is impossible to scan, and to really appreciate on a flat screen, so here are two photos from slightly different angles.

For more postage with a U theme head over to Sunday Stamps.

Monday, July 2, 2018

S and T are for STEM

Combining two letters in the current Sunday Stamps trip through the alphabet to feature four stamps issued by USPS this year to promote the STEM disciplines - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I think the designs are intriguing, and make me think of some stamps issued in the 1970s.

These envelopes were sent as part of Jean's Pushing the Envelopes envelope exchange for April (I think).

For more links to S- and T-themed postage, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

R is for Round

I have been exchanging mail and mail art with Eva for quite a while now, and for the first time I received this round Moroccan stamp.

It celebrates the Week of Solidarity, and is a definitive stamp of sorts in that it is frequently re-issued. It arrived on this lovely stylized postcard, which has its own round yellow sun. the colors look much better in person.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Q is for Quartz

Another mineral for this A-Z, quartz on a Moroccan stamp sent just in the last few weeks (and saving me from going with Q is for Queen ;) .

Don't be fooled, this stamp is tiny (slightly smaller than a Royal Mail Machin definitive). It was issued last year in a set of 10 'Roches du Maroc'. I couldn't find a nice image of the set unfortunately.

Sent on this lovely postcard from Eva.

For more Q subjects on postage head over to explore the links at Sunday Stamps.