Letters And Numbers On Stamps

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps - II is Words and/or Numbers (no pictures). I was waiting it for show this stamp!:


It was issued by Correos on January 3, 2014, on the occasion of the 3rd Centenary of the Real Academia Española (='Royal Spanish Academy'), the official institution responsible for overseeing the Spanish language. I know the rule was no pictures, and you can see three dictionaries on the stamp. But, if you look carefully at the stamp, you can see they are used to mean the "III". And there is a dictionary definition on the background (lengua = 'language').

Not that I am very fond of this institution. But, in an ideal world, they should be more stamps dedicated to dictionaries...

And what about numbers? There are not so many stamps depicting just numbers, apart from basic series like these (from the Netherlands):



And still some people think that they look better with some illustrations (cows, for instance) in between...



Among my received stamps I also found the following one also from the Netherlands. Curiously, its title is Writing Letters.



And finally, two more stamps with illustrations... dedicated to numbers. From Hungary and the Netherlands.


20 comments:

  1. The Spanish stamp has a great design! And your explanation of how the image turns out to be a Roman nhmber 3 caused a big smile on my face, so clever found! I love that stamp!
    Thank you for posting the simple Dutch ones, I totally had forgotten / didn't realize they exist / belong in today's theme, too!

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    1. I like these little stamps with numbers. In Spain, these basic series of 1, 2, 5 centimes are always with the king's face, like these: http://mailadventures.blogspot.com/2015/05/orange-kings-and-others.html

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  2. A good selection. I always found it fascinating that there is no equivalent to the Spanish (and french) institutions that oversee language for English.

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    1. We also have these official institutions for Catalan language. And more active than the Spanish Academy! :D

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  3. Al final, els Sunday stamps s'han convertit en una secció preferida per a mi. I això que em fixo més en les postals, però m'encanten les seleccions que fas i com enfoques el tema.

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    1. És curiós, però per a mi també és una manera molt divertida d'aprendre "coses rares". Jo em fixo molt en els segells que rebo (tots els que publico al "Sunday Stamps", o gairebé tots,elshe rebut; alguns fa molt de temps). Crec que els segells expliquen molt bé les vocacions dels països. Fa poc vaig llegir una tesi doctoral (o era una tesina?) sobre els segells durant el franquisme, súper interessant! si vols fer-hi una ullada, la tinc en pdf.

      Ei, no t'ho dic mai, però em fa il·lusió que passes tan sovint per aquest blog!

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    2. :) Hi passo perquè m'encanta, gairebé diàriament, però no sempre comento.

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  4. 300 years is a long time to oversee a language, nice stamp. Those little cows grazing amongst the stamp fields are so funny.

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  5. With all the foreign words that have been absorbed into English, an institution for the preservation of English would be a joke!
    The 1999 80cent stamp is interesting looking - I wonder how they came up with that '8' typeface?

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    1. I don't think that English is accepting more foreign words than any other language. You need to create the institution right now, so you could issue a stamp in 2315... ;)

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  6. Why didn't I know about your lovely mail art blog before? Thanks for commenting on my blog -- and from Morocco too! I just signed up to get your blog via e-mail. Want to trade some mail art? I wish I "knew" you befote my trip to Morocco so we might have met (I hope to go back). i love this post -- the stamps are great.

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    1. I've been reading your blog for long time, so I'm happy that you like here. You're welcome!

      It would be nice, to exchange something. Let me know your address (you can use the "contact" form).

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  7. Oh, I love the Spanish stamp!

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    1. It's perfect for students of Spanish language, isn't it? ;)

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  8. I found it difficult to find interesting number stamps so I love the Spanish stamp and the one from the Netherlands including the cows.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Bob.

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  9. Hi Eva, thanks for visiting my page with the stamp. Yes, you may use it... I know you're another stamp enthusiast :)

    I wanted to enter it on the Sunday Stamp linky but I've been waaay too busy to go online before the linky closed.

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry. I'm not sure when the link close every week.
      I usually visit your blog, I enjoy it! Thanks for your visit as well :D

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Thank you for coming. All your comments make me extremely happy.