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.
...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.
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.