Thursday, December 31, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
An unexpected, large package arrived in yesterday's mail.
Monday, December 21, 2020
The longest night of the longest year
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Wallace and Gromit
From Royal Mail's 2010 Christmas issue - one of my favorites.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The Christmas tortoise
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Even more unusual animals
Surprise surprise, a sloth and a llama. Unicorns are everywhere, too, even on my Christmas tree.
I wonder if this year there'll be a lot of Christmas flamingos?
Here's the fun minisheet:
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020
Fa la la la llama
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Sent to Eva last Christmas.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Sent to Heleen last Christmas. It was a bit slow to arrive and did not make it in time for Santa Claus.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
This one was sent to Fabienne last Christmas.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Mint chocolate chip
Monday, October 19, 2020
(Mostly) happy ghosts
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Which skull are you?
Monday, October 5, 2020
Ghosts for Hester
Friday, October 2, 2020
World Postcard Day...
...was yesterday. Initiated by Postcrossing, postcard exchangers were encouraged to send cards out on October 1st.
I received the official card sponsired by Postcrossing in September, from a US Postcrosser.
And I sent a handful out myself.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Ho, ho, ho, 'tis the Season...
Gift bags that I repurposed as envelopes in 2018. Accompanied by the Magic of Vanishing and Prediction for Jean.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Royal Mail's post office underground railway
Today's prompt for Sunday Stamps is 'urban'.
I don't think it gets much more urban than having a railway for mail that allowed for rapid movement under the city of London. This is a Royal Mail Post & Go postal label dispensed from a machine (in some countries they may be called stickers).
The post office railway was driverless and ran from 1927 to 2003. It is now a museum. It ran between Paddington and Whitechapel, was 6.5 miles (10.5 km) long and had eight stations. Each station was located underneath a sorting office. Over time, as sorting offices were relocated, only 3 stations remained in use. Finally, due to the fact that it was more expensive to run trains than to truck mail around London (although the trains were more environmentally friendly), the Mail Rail closed.
You can read more about this unique piece of postal history at its wikipedia page.
For links to more blogposts about stamps with an urban theme, head over to Sunday Stamps.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Black and white...
...and read all over.
Today's Sunday Stamps prompt is black and white.
Eva recently sent two stamps, both issued in 2006, that celebrate newspapers that have been in print for at least a century.
They were both issued in 2006. First, a stamp for the newspaper Levante, based in the region of Valencia and first published in 1872.
And second, one for Diario de Pontevedro, which first went to the presses in 1889.
For more black and white stamps, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Fiera Internazionale della Sardegna - Cagliari
There are three flags on these 1998 Italian stamps: Italy, Sardinia (also know as 'The four moors flag'), and the European Union.
The stamp celebrates the International Fair of Sardinia, held in Cagliari every year since 1948 in its current form. I don't know if Italian stamps valued in lira are still valid as postage (there was a 2 euro stamp on the card also).
And in the US flag stamps are ubiquitous. Here are two I received in the mail during the past two weeks.
On the left is 'U.S. Flag' designed from a photograph, issued in 2019, and on the right is a graphically designed 'U.S. Flag' issued in 2018. I hadn't noticed that they have the same name - in the past I remember the flag stamps having their own distinct names. The 2018 stamp takes its cue from another stamp issued in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Flag Act of 1818. The Flag Act formalized the design if the US flag - thirteen horizontal stripes and a star for each state - as well as the fact that changes to the flag after admission of a new state would always occur on Independence Day, July 4th.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Today's theme is big animals. I chose animals that are (mostly) larger than a human.
A giraffe and a giant panda on these US stamps issued in 1992.
And western lowland gorillas, a critically endangered species, on this stamp from Australia issued in 2016.
For more big animals on stamps, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Today's Sunday Stamps theme is southern hemisphere. While there are many countries in the southern half of the world, the land down under often springs to mind.
I received a postcrossing card from Australia with 3 nice stamps and a nice postmark, asking people to keep letter carriers safe by securing their dogs.
Terra Australis, southern land, is a term European explorers used to describe what is now the country of Australia. Depicted on this shaped stamp issued for disaster relief earlier this year. The stamp is part of a set of 5, issued as a sheet with AUS$2 of the AUS$5.50 going to a relief fund.
This Sydney to Perth train stamp celebrates the 50th anniversary of Australia's transcontinental railway.
And finally a stamp issued by Norfolk Island that celebrates early botanical art. It was issued as a mini-sheet earlier this year.
Explore more stamps of the southern hemisphere (and more from Australia) - head over to check out the links at Sunday Stamps.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
The theme for Sunday Stamps today is yellow.
From left to right:
The current 2c definitive featuring Meyer lemons, issued in 2018.
A yellow dress designed by Oscar de la Renta, issued in 2017.
Yellow white (1961) one of Ellsworth Kelly's abstract paintings on a stamp issued in 2019.