12 November 2019

It Is Raining Letters

Postcard sent by John (the UK). It features a scene on one (the first?) Harry Potter's film. Probably the favourite scene of snail mail lovers, isn't it?

11 November 2019


GROTESQUES OF WINCHESTER. Gargoyles without water spouts, Grotesques are protective stone features found on medieval buildings.

I don't know why, but gargoyles and grotesques always attract my attention...

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK).

10 November 2019

Sunday Stamps | WWI

For today's theme on Sunday Stamps, Military/Remembrance, I bring three very different stamps related to the World War I.

A stamp issued on 29 May 2016 in France to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the battle of Verdun. On this stamp you can see: soldiers on the battlefield (left), the liberation of Douaumont Fort, (on the right), the Verdun Memorial and the French and German flags.

This stamp was issued by the USPS on 27 July 2018. It honours the Americans who, from home and abroad, participated in Worl War I.

A Canadian stamp issued on 8 April 2017, to commemorate the the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It is a joint issue with France. More information here, and the whole sheet below.

09 November 2019

Some Maps in the Mailbox

Maps on stamps...

Maps on postcards...

Erfurt, capital of Thuringia
Sent by Akihego (Germany)
Maps on cards...

Sent by Julia (the USA)

Maps on envelopes...
Hiking routes
Sent by Heleen (The Netherlands)

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Sent by John (the UK)
Isle of Lewis, Scotland

07 November 2019

Autumn Envelopes

More of Naomi's envelopes which I coloured with colour pencils.

Sent to Eva (Germany), Fabienne (France), John (the UK) and Phillip (the USA).

06 November 2019

Rechnungen oder Liebesbriefe

I think Rechnungen (on the left slot) means 'bills' and Liebesbriefe (right slot) means 'love letters'. Why aren't all mailboxes like that?

Postcard sent by Steffen (Germany).

04 November 2019


I had a good laugh when I discovered fingerprints (whose?) on the decoration of this envelope from Canada. Especially because the sender and I had been discussing crime fiction on our letters. 

03 November 2019

Sunday Stamps | Guitars

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Singers or Musicians. I found some guitars in my collection...

2015, Spain
Narciso Yepes

2016, Mexico
50th Anniversary of the La Rondalla de Saltillo

1993, USA
Bill Haley

1994, USA
Robert Johnson
(This stamp was a bit controversial...)

2013, USA
Lydia Mendoza

2014, USA
Jimi Hendrix

01 November 2019

Encouragement by Postcard

Hang in There

Not that I need it urgently... But some words of encouragement never hurt!

You Are Amazing

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK) and folded embossed card sent by Julia (the USA).

31 October 2019

Spooky & Vintage

Halloween mail sent by Phillip and Bryon (the USA). It is difficult to take a proper picture of these foil stamps, but, believe me, they are wonderful in person!

30 October 2019

... And Picassian Muppets

Bryon (the USA) has sent the whole series of the 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street stamps. As a little thank you, I sent him a watercolour postcard with two of my favourite characters, Picasso-inspired (or Internet-inspired).

29 October 2019


I guess this is one of the most successful USPS issue in 2019!

(Did you have a favourite among these?)

Grover & Julia

Zoe & Oscar the Grouch

Telly & Snuffleupagus

Elmo & Abby Cadabby
The Count & Cookie Monster

Big Bird & Rosita

Ernie & Bert

Herry Monster & Guy Smiley

28 October 2019

HitM | Norwich Houses

Elm Hill
This postcard wasn't sent for the Houses in the Mail project, but I thought I could add it. How beautiful is this street?

Another interesting house from the same city:

Strangers’ Hall Museum, Norwich

Along with these, I got more postcards from the city of Norwich. Not featuring houses but... they are just beautiful!
Deanery View
Norwich Cathedral Cloisters
Photography by Paul Hurst

27 October 2019

Sunday Stamps | French Bridges

Some French bridges for today's theme in Sunday Stamps: Bridges.

2011, The 100th Anniversary of the Train des Pignes

2014, Via Tolosana (to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle)

2014, Rivers - Joint Issue with China
(The Seine in Paris)

2017, World Wrestling Championships
(Alexandre III Bridge, Paris)

2018, EUROPA Stamps - Bridges
(Passerelle des Deux Rives, Strasbourg)

2018, Architecture - Viaur Tarn-Aveyron Viaduct

26 October 2019


I think that in USPS you can find a stamp for every celebration, like this one for Diwali

According to the Wikipedia, it symbolises "the spiritual victory of light over darkness". Certainly, the postal workers needed a big lamp to see this almost invisible address on the envelope!