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.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

P is for Pixel Art and (maybe) former Princes.

Although, at the time of this video game release, it wasn't really referred to that way.

These amazing stamps were issued in 2017 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Spanish video game La Abadía del Crimen (The Abbey of Crime), itself based on Umberto Eco's book The Name of the Rose, which was also made into one of my favorite films starring Sean Connery.

Eva sent the stamps on a great envelope - I noticed right away what the drawing was from - but as a bonus to today's Sunday Stamps guests I thought I'd see if you can guess what it is. There are also some definitive Spanish stamps featuring two kings, who, I presume, were once upon a time Princes.

For more links to P-themed postage, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

O is for Olympic Games

In this case, the Athens games of 2004.

This stamp celebrates Greek athlete Hrysopiyi "Piyi" Devetzi's silver medal placement in the triple jump event.

Her story ends a bit sadly with a ban and revocation of her bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. Read more at wikipedia.

For more links to stamps with 'O' topics, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

N is for Nebula

N is for Nebula, in this case a ring nebula, on this stamp that was slightly damaged in transit. I have a feeling that more recent stamps are made of stronger stuff to survive the seemingly more aggressive sorting machines.

This stamp was issued in 2000 in honor of the Hubble telescope and the astronomer it is named after.

For more postage with an N theme, visit the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

M is for Minerals

These stunning stamps were sent by Eric a couple of years ago.

They feature the minerals gold, sulphur, labradorite and fluorite.

The stamps were issued as part of a 12-stamp set by La Poste in 2016 titled The Mineral World.

Monday, May 7, 2018

L is for Loyalists

A Canadian stamp for L, The Loyalists, on this current trip through the alphabet for Sunday Stamps.

This stamp was issued in 1984, and commemorates the approximately 50,000 American colonists who remained loyal to the British crown and made their way north to settle in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces after the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War.

The flag in the background is the Grand Union Flag, in use from 1606 to 1801.

For links to more topics with an L theme, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

K is for Kincumber Jetty

Continuing the Sunday Stamps journey through the alphabet, Kincumber Jetty is featured on this Australian international rate stamp.

From wikipedia, Kincumber means 'to tomorrow' or 'towards the rising sun', and is a suburb of the Central Coast area in New South Wales, between Sydney and Newcastle.

For more links to K on postage, visit Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

J is for Jacques Lehmann Nam

The French sculptor, Jacques Lehmann Nam (1881-1974), more famous for his cat art, was celebrated on this stamp featuring a bronze chimpanzee, sent to me on an envelope from Fabienne.

The stamp is part of a set titled Animals in Art, issued in 2013.

To see more stamps inspired by a J theme, check out the Sunday Stamps links.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

I is for Insufficient postage

Back in 2008 2016 I received a letter posted with this 42c sunflower stamp issued in 2008, when the rate was 49c.

I'm not sure how it made it to me without the insufficient postage being requested, but it did. Maybe I should stand for incredible, since some letters are not delivered even with the correct address and postage.

To see other stamp-related Is, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

H is for Half Pipe

H is for Half Pipe, as in the snowboarding sports event.

A bit late, given that the Winter Olympics has been over for weeks now. Although yesterday we had snow on the ground - getting a bit ridiculous to still be having winter in April :)

Here the winter sport event is featured on a stamp celebrating the Salt Lake City winter games held in 2002.

34c was the first class rate back then, last year 34c was the domestic postcard rate (this year it went up 1c to 35c).

To see more stamps with an H theme, check out the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

G is for Gold

This is a $5 stamp issued in 2015 from the Republic of China, known more commonly in the west as Taiwan. The stamp celebrates the opening of the southern branch of the National Palace Museum.

Information is from the postal service in Taiwan:

Right-Spiraling Conch, Qianlong Reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (NT$5): Commonly known as Dingfengzhu, or “stable wind pearl”, this conch is said to possess the power to protect ships at sea. It traveled to Taiwan once before with Qing troops to put down the Lin Shuangwen Rebellion and Chiayi’s Cai Qian Rebellion. This white conch, a great Indian shank, is a Tibetan Buddhist artifact. The top edge of its mouthpiece is decorated with lotus petals and scroll grass patterns in repoussé. Its silver underside is etched with praises of the conch in Tibetan and the phrase “made during Qianlong’s reign, Qing dynasty” in Mandarin, Manchurian, Mongolian and Tibetan. The outer side of the wing is gilded with gold and inscribed with praise written in Tibetan. 

For more connections to the letter G, check out the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

F is for Father Flanagan, Fossil Fuels and more

We're up to the letter F in the latest Sunday Stamps journey through the alphabet.

See how many Fs you can find on this postcard:

Father Flanagan (1886-1948) stamp issued in 1986. The link takes you to his wikipedia page.

Feathers and flowers on the Eastern Bluebird issued in 1991.

Fossil Fuels on the 1982 stamp issued to celebrate the Knoxville World's Fair, and designed by one of my favorite artists, Charley Harper.

I'm not sure about finding F things on the preprinted postcard stamp issued in 1984 for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Can it be termed a Fleet of yachts? Can the Foam on the wakes count? Let me know if you have other ideas on this or any other stamps.

For more links, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

E is for Egg and Eggshell

In the last A to Z, E was for elephants on a stamp from Spain.

This time the E is for Egg and Eggshell on a stamp from Spain. They were both winners of a stamp design contest and formed part of the same issue.

Thanks, Eva, for this fun sending - I'll save the other stamp for another letter :)

For more links to E on stamps, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

C is for Critically Endangered

A couple of critically endangered animal stamps from Australia.

The Western Swamp Tortoise is native to Australia, the Western Lowland Gorilla to central Africa.

For more stamp themes beginning with C, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

B is for Bees

A wonderful envelope and contents from Fabienne, with these great stamps featuring solitary bees issued by La Poste in 2016.

Megachile bees are known as leaf cutters as they line their nests with cut leaves.

The genus of bees called Colletes are know as polyester bees as they line their nests with a cellophane-like plastic material.

To see what other stamp topics begin with B, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A is for Artek

Sunday Stamps continues with a new A to Z. Let's see how far I can go a second time.

Today's stamp is from Russia, celebrating Artek, a children's holiday camp formerly in the USSR, now in Ukraine on the coast of the Black Sea. You can read more at the wikipedia page.

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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Z is for Zoologique

On this wonderful mail art from Fabienne, a stamp celebrating 80 years of the Parc Zoologique de Paris.

More animals and funny fruit inside, too. Thanks so much, Fabienne!

To see if anyone else chose Zoo for today's Sunday Stamps, click here to explore more links.

And that's another A-Z completed!

As a bonus, here is another A-Z - the BBC put together a list of 26 words that shouldn't be lost to us (but probably already are).

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Y is for Yellow

Going with the old and trusted standby for Y in an A-Z challenge, here are several yellow stamps on an envelope I sent out (OK, I know some are more beige...)

Oscar de la Renta, 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, WPA Posters (I know, I've shown this one under T is for Tennis), 75th Anniversary of Batman, 50th Anniversary of Wonder Woman, and the 1c definitive Apples has some nice yellow tones. The 5c coffee pot is the odd man out.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

X is for Xiphias gladius

These wonderful marine fauna stamps came from Eva in Morocco some time ago. Fortunately for me I haven't shown them before, so it gives me an 'X' in the Sunday Stamps A-Z journey, since the scientific name for the swordfish is Xiphias gladius.

The only downside to these lovely stamps is their tiny size - they are even smaller than the machine UK definitives, and so the details are hard to see without magnification.

Here is the full set (click to enlarge):

Sunday, January 14, 2018

W is for Writing

I have had this envelope from Eric for quite some time. I'm glad I saved it for W, as the beautiful stamps show the evolution of writing implements, and after all, stamps were created for sending letters. These two show a fountain pen and a reed, used as an ancient writing tool. Love the colors of this envelope from Eric, and the splashes of blue on the stamps. You can also include 'watching', if you take into account the blue cat in the top stamp.

The back is also stunning.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

V is for Venus

The stamp for Venus, issued as one of the eight 'Views of Our Planets' stamps in 2016, on envelope 805. The stamps are striking, so can be tough to find matching envelopes. This one is made from a calendar of watercolors.

Here's a view of the full sheet.