Juguetes is Spanish for toys. Europa had the theme classic toys in 2015 and Correos issued this pine-scented stamp featuring a wooden train. It makes me think of Christmas a little bit. Eva gave me instructions to make sure I didn't miss the fragrance :)
I started sending and receiving postcards via Postcrossing this year. I've received some great postcards so far, and had fun choosing cards to send out. Today I received a great postcard sent from Belgium featuring a drawing of Amsterdam's famous red light district by artist Guus van Eck. You can see more of his work at his website.
Even better than the postcard is the story told on the other side by the sender. "I bought this card in Amsterdam. My sister lives there (followed her love). We wanted to send a card to our nieces who were at camp with the youth movement. We found one in the style of Van Gogh. And then we searched for another one in the same style. We found this one (we were in a hurry). At home we realized by looking at it more closely it was an adult card :| and we never sent it." This put a big smile on my face, thinking about her realizing the nature of the card, and also imagining this card showing up at a kids' camp :) Definitely my favorite Postcrossing postcard received so far. Have you had any funny almost-misadventures with a letter or postcard?
I went on a bit of a different tack for today's stamps. Issued in 2019, this set of 4 stamps takes a look at Tyrannosaurus rex. Two of the stamps incorporate lenticulate technology, so look different when you turn them. Mom T rex
And child on the 2nd stamp, and on the back of the envelope.
Another card in this great series by Harold Geisler arrived yesterday from Eva.
Eva is right, you don't need to guess these days, as almost everyone is at home. One benefit of a lot of people being at home is felt by the planet. This green stamp (one of several on the envelope) makes me think of the big decrease in pollution.
Great to see an envelope arriving from Eva to cheer up a rainy Friday!
First up, the water of the Bay of Cádiz on this stamp celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Casa de Contratación in Cádiz. Initially founded by the Queen Isabella I of Castile in 1503 in Seville, it was transferred to Cádiz in 1717. It was a crown agency responsible for collecting all colonial taxes and duties. The Casa de Contratación also produced the official maps carried by Spanish ships. Interestingly, these maps were a highly guarded secret. The agency was abolished by Charles IV in 1790. Cádiz, located on Spain's Atlantic coast, is one of Europe's oldest continuously inhabited cities, having been founded in approximately 1104 BC by the Phoenecians.
Staying in Spain, here is a nice beach scene reflected on sunglasses on a stamp issued in 2019 promoting tourism.
My third stamp from Spain was issued in 2019 to show commitment to the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals. There are a couple of water-related aspects to the stamp: the earth is two-thirds water, and two of the goals are water-related: Clean Water & Sanitation, and Life Below Water. The Spanish post office, Correos, donated 3% of revenue from this stamp issue to this project.