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.