24 May 2017

(Sort of) Italian Mail

Postcard sent by Micu from Verona, Italy. It took three months and two days to arrive!

Envelope made and sent by Phillip (the USA).

Postcard sent by Heleen (the Netherlands). It shows the railway station and a cinema... And a bit of Italy, too!

23 May 2017

With Milk or Mail

Another letter made of chocolate packaging (plus stickers), sent to Laura (the UK). The unaltered packaging read "With milk".

22 May 2017

Special Lighthouses

Postcards sent by John (the UK):

By Seasidespirit

Lighthouse Flotilla, by Peter Adderley

Evening (from a set of the Four Times of Day)
Joseph Vernet (1714-1789)

21 May 2017

The Book Loft

Folded postcard sent by Phillip (the USA), showing a library bookstore of Columbus (Ohio, USA). I really love the whimsical photography and the fact that the city is also printed on the envelope.

The stamps used also depict black and white photographies, and they belong to two different series:

I add this post to Sunday Stamps-II. The theme today is Photographs.

20 May 2017

Traditional Festivals on Postcards

Tor this week's theme on Postcards for the Weekend, I chose three colourful postcards received ages ago, through Postcrossing.

First Nations dance
I don't have any information about this dance (neither has The Postal Picture, who happened to choose the same very postcard!).

"Fulehung" Ausschiesset, Thun
Every year, on the last Monday in September, the people of Thun celebrate their folk festival and remember the fool who's name was Fulehung. The story of Fulehung goes back to the time of the Burgundian Wars in 1476, in which the soldier of Thun received high honors. The court jester of Charles the Bold mocked the Bernese and the soldiers of Thun, calling the latter lazy. But when the soldiers caught him during the battle, they brought him to Thun and punished him. During the annual Anschiesset festival, the person wearing the mask is teased on his way from the castle to the town hall.

Sandugo Festival
The Sandugo Festival is an annual historical celebration that takes place every year in Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. This festival commemorates the Treaty of Friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a chieftain in Bohol, and Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. This 16th-century peace treaty occurred on March 16, 1565 through a blood compact or sandugo.

19 May 2017

They Deserve This Letter

And eventually I found whom to send the third (and last) letter made of this wonderful chocolate packaging: the creators of it, Mayan Monkeys Mijas. I hope it arrived well!

17 May 2017

Dreaming of Letters

Letter sent to Philippe (France).

Do you think that blue person is a woman or a man?

15 May 2017

Happy 6th Anniversary, Dear Blog!

Handmade collage sent by Eva (Germany)

Sent by Laura (the UK)

Wine gets better with age, Age gets better with wine
Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands)

(Not sure if the last slogan is appropriate for the Mail Adventures' birthday, but no doubt it was for mine!)

14 May 2017

Commemorative Chilean Stamp

Today Sunday Stamps-II's theme is Commemorative. I have chosen an stamp from a country I don't receive mail often: Chile. This stamp was issued on 30 October 2013, to commemorate the rescue of 33 miners after the Copiapó mining accident.

It shows the rescue capsule.The stamp belongs to a serie of six stamps. I have only received this one, but at least two of them come with very unusual designs:

The names of the 33 men

The note they sent from the refuge
 'We are fine in the refuge -the 33'

13 May 2017

De Smurfen

This children box bought in the cinema, was turned into beautiful postcards by Heleen (the Netherlands). 

Besides pop corn, orange juice, some candies and even a tiny rubber stamp:

12 May 2017

Paper Bag Envelopes (Received)

Sent by Eric (France). 

Sent by Phillip (the USA). There are two versions made of the same bag, actually.

And another one from Eric (France), very different!

11 May 2017

Paper Bag Envelopes (Sent)

Two envelopes sent to Eric's mail art call:
We get more and more paper bags to wrap our purchases, so let’s recycle them! Let’s use a paper bag to create an envelope. Use any technique you want: keep the structure of the bag or deconstruct it, keep it plain or decorate it… Do what you want, the only rule being that the paper of the envelope must come from a paper bag. No deadline. Received items will be published on his blog
Send your creations to: 

Eric Bruth
92 rue Maurice Arnoux
92120 Montrouge

On Eric's blog: the jackals / the tea.

10 May 2017

Notebook Letter

Not that I receive a lot of these, but, you know... There are few presents that you can compare to a letter written on a notebook. I mean... when the letter takes the whole notebook. This was sent by Heleen (the Netherlands), and (almost) nothing could have made me happier.

09 May 2017

Some Cancellations Are Just Awful

Dear Royal Mail, 
Why can you always do this?
Yours Sincerely,
Mail Adventures

08 May 2017

Some Cancellations Are Just Perfect

Like on the back of this postcard sent by by John (the UK).

#AtoZChallenge | Collateral Effects

Trying to keep this short (really!)... Some collaterals effects of the #AtoZChallenge, and learnings, in alphabetical order:

E is for English

As a non-native English speaker, I discovered some words thanks to the challenge. Not only in A few drops of Ink, that dedicated the #AtoZChallenge to words, but in a lot of blogs. Even in my own! Eatery (suggested by Phillip), Obverse, Quail (by Bryon), and Xangô (by Heleen) are words I did not know before.

F is for Fun

This was my biggest expectation when I decided to take the challenge. And I achieved more fun that expected.

I is for Inspiration

(This U-post was not inspired by postcards, but you will find an original and funny display of mailboxes !)
  • The postcards gave John an idea that he explained in another commentI feel like starting a postcard collection from all the places I visit now. Wish my mind had thought of that earlier, but thanks for planting the seed in there now. (I asked him for royalties - inspiration is not free!... No answer so far). 
  • Claire wrote on her reflections postEva at Mail Adventures has inspired me to start sending out postcards again. And there were some comments like this: I'm looking at these stamps and wondering why I stopped sending mail. Or this: I've actually been feeling inspired from your blog to start sending (and hopefully receiving) postcards more. I like to think that maybe someone else has sent a postcard after reading one of the posts... Let me know!

Postcard sent by Phillip (the USA)
Manipulated digital print

P is for Postcards 

  • Before. I wrote in the theme reveal post that I had not any idea for some letters (E, Q, X, Y, Z)... And some friends sent postcards for those. I added most of them to the posts, resulting in some strange combinations like Quail & Quidditch, for instance, or Yeast &Yarn.
  • During. Some postcards arrived in April made me modify the posts, without the senders being aware. Also I received two free postcards from a Canadian penfriend after she read the E-post.
  • After. Some readers ask me for my address in order to send a postcard. Do you think they will arrive? If I get 26, I can start another challenge... (Update: One of the promised postcards has arrived! Hooray!)

Back of a postcard sent by John (the UK)
Do you know Postman Pat?

R is for Readers

The number of visits to this blog, and comments, have increased during April. I am going to miss that! But, this month, I have enjoyed discovering new blogs, and I guess I will continue reading some of them. So, I hope that some people who arrived to Mail Adventures thanks to the #AtoZChallenge will continue to enjoy my posts about, not only received postcards, but all postal things.

S is for Surprise

I wrote here that I learn a lot through postcards and post in general. Also through blogging, I must say. And the biggest surprise has been to discover that so many people thinks that nobody is writing postcards (or letters) any more. Lost art, they say. Well... now you know you were wrong!

T is for Thanks

To everyone who has been here, and especially those who have taken the time to left comments. Also to people who wrote so many interesting posts that I am still enjoying.

Z is for ZIP code

Don't forget it when you send your next postcard. For instance... why not today?

07 May 2017

Fargo Philathely

Two hobbies coming together, it is always nice. So I love that the creators of Fargo have chosen stamps to promote the third season! And there are some stamps on the poster that I really would like to see on letters. Who knows? Maybe they inspire the USPS...

(Billboards with this poster, see here.)

06 May 2017

Ursus Maritimus

This collage is my first contribution to the Endangered Animals mail art call, by Mail a smile. I added some snow on the back, and a friend, just to make the polar bear feel comfortable...

05 May 2017

Always Good News

«Not recording bad news is one criterion that distinguishes stamps from other media.»*

This is a theme I had never thought of.

When the stamp above was issued by Royal Mail in 1998, along with other five stamps showing endangered species, was very impopular. The set included the text «Decline in distribution»at the top of every stamp and incorporates a graph representing the decline in the numbers of these species in the background. It seems that the buying public was «not keen to buy stamps that conveyed negative news". And, "as a direct result of the negative response in the market research", continues the author,"Royal Mail subsequently engaged upon a sustained series of sets of ten stamps to tell an affirmative message showing how species are increasing a a result of positive action.»*

What do you think? Are you keen of buying/using negative stamps?

*Christopher B. Yardley, The representation on Science and Scientists on Postage StampsYou can access this essay for free.

04 May 2017

Black Sheep & White Sheep

And I still had right to more sheep...

The black

... the white

They look just perfect on this envelope created by Philippe (France):

As his envelopes always are!

03 May 2017

Two Amazing Black Envelopes

Again, my pictures are far worse than these envelopes painted by Philippe (France). 

The second one (DIN A4 size!) makes me think of the inkblots of Rorschach test (but it wasn't the intention of the artist). What do you see?

The stamps are not less amazing... They feature details of works of Marc Chagall, and of both appear the characters of Eva & Adam. Besides the beauty and the theme, stained-glass windows are also a favourite theme of mine.