Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Playing, with hearts

This is a fun exchange envelope from Carole.

Nice bird on the back.

And thank you for the included bookmark!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Green for Sunday Stamps

Some (mostly) green gravitational waves on this German stamp from 2017.

(I think someone showed this stamp recently in SS)

To see more green postage, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Even more hearts

Great colors outlined in gold on this exchange envelope from Sam.

Love the giant postmark!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Any color but red

Hester's message that arrived with this handmade postcard:

And accompanied by a largely non-red rat :)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hearts and birds

Fun birds from Patty arrived in time for Valentine's Day. Clever to match the colors to the stamp, and a neat border, too.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy St Valentine's Day

Here's envelope 931 sent in an envelope exchange in 2018, featuring one of my favorites from the Love series, the paper cut heart stamp.

Bonus - can anyone guess the store the bag is from?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

A classy envelope from Lynne just in time for V day. Wonderful calligraphy!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

A Bhaca neckpiece

The topic for Sunday Stamps is a country not your own.

I rarely get mail from South Africa, so this stamp arriving last month on a letter was a surprise.

Issued in 2010, this non-denominated stamp comes from a set with the theme of traditional Beaded Artwork, and features a Bhaca neckpiece. The amaBhaca are a part of the larger Bantu people originating in Southern Africa. 

Explore more links to Sunday Stamps with this theme here.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Snow moon

Here's some moon mail sent to Katerina. Tomorrow is this month's full moon - in north America it is referred to as the snow moon. So far this year we've been almost snow free with no significant snowfall.

This is Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Flowers and Kelly

A warm and bright exchange envelope from Kathleen H.

Love the Ellsworth Kelly stamp.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Postcards from the Vatican and its suburbs, part 2,

This card came from Eva some time ago.

One of the stamps she used was this one celebrating International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements. The United Nations chose 2019 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Russian chemist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev's first organization of the elements known at the time into a table in 1869. The highlighted elements Vanadium, Tungsten and Platinum were discovered by Spaniards.

For more stamps on the topic of science, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mr (Quarter) Moon

A very nice moon postcard from Eva - and Correos thought he needed a postal addition :)

Today also happens to be the moon's first quarter.

Friday, January 31, 2020


If I checked the time zones correctly, the UK has now left the EU. This blog is rarely political, however this is such a major event that last year, when Brexit was supposed to happen, I made some mail art packages that I sent out. Included were instructions so that the recipient could have their own Brexit or Regrexit, or even a third option.

Alan T returned this to me:

And here's a cartoon sent to me by Fafa, that is drawn by Plantu, a well-known French political cartoonist.

The Royal Mint is issuing a new 50p coin to note the UK's departure.

My favorite story about it is Sir Philip Pullman's unhappiness about the coin - not because of the Brexit link, but due to the lack of an Oxford comma.

In all seriousness, as disappointed as I am about Brexit, I really hope that it works out well for everyone in the end. At the very least things can move forward instead of being in a weird state of uncertain limbo.

Normal service will resume tomorrow on the blog.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Welcome to the Year of the Rat

I had read last year that the USPS was ending its Lunar New Year stamps, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first stamp issue of 2020 is this beautiful stamp. The design features a rat mask, and the circle represents the new moon.

There's some gold foil on the stamp that you don't appreciate in the USPS online image. Here's the stamp on an outgoing Postcrossing postcard.

What do you think of it?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Farewell to the Year of the Pig

The twelve year Lunar cycle ends tonight, as the Year of the Rat is ushered in.

And this envelope features the last in a series of twelve stamps designed by Kam Mak. I really enjoyed this series, and I am impressed that a single artist was given the task for a multi-year project like this.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A long journey

A card sent from South Africa October 15, 2019 arrived yesterday. That's a 98 day journey! It is the first time I've seen a postal label from South Africa, and interestingly the country name is only on the postmark, and not the label.

What is your longest mail adventure?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Postcards from the Vatican and its suburbs, part 1.

On a trip to Italy Eva sent me this funny card from the Vatican...

and this card from the National Etruscan Museum in Rome.

Thanks for thinking of me on your trip, Eva!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Rural for Sunday Stamps

This stamp on an envelope from Elke shows a bend in the river Moselle, featuring a small town surrounded by fields. I do like the little postal horn on the postmark.

It is from a series promoting tourism that shows Germany's most beautiful panoramas. Here is the whole view, of which I only have the left half. I was unable to find the town's name on the web.

Friday, January 17, 2020

I love the simplicity of this exchange envelope from Jean, along with the vintage stamps.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Meilleurs champignons pour 2020!

A great 2020 card arrived this week from Fabienne.

I like the mushrooms wishing me health, luck, fortune, love, joy and happiness.

I also love the stamps, part of a set titled Fantastique, which they absolutely are. Fafa sent me two others from the set already. And I enjoyed the (drunk?) franking machine's efforts.

Should I be eating more fruit from France this year?

Thanks for the lovely sending, Fafa.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Postcards from Spain

Some fun postcards that Eva sent me last year with various topics.


A beautiful house with lots of stairs

Mice... of the postal adventuring variety (Mus morrisi)...

...and of the grammatically correct variety (Mus grammaticus)!

Have you received any fun topics on postcards recently?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cascadia Artpost

In from Cascadia Artpost.

This mail art mimics those place mats at local diners that are covered in small local ads.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Flags for Sunday Stamps

I received this stamp a few years ago.

It was issued in 1989 and commemorates Finland's membership of the European Council.

There are 4 Finnish flags, one EU flag, and an assortment of flags spelling out the word Europe, although the main feature is a set of bridges.

Explore the links to more flags on postage at Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Banana mail from Momkat. Love the colors on this one.

Announced on the envelope.

And an artistamp on the back.

Friday, January 10, 2020

A note from Momkat

A nice homemade envelope from Katerina...

...and a little piece of mail art inside.