09 May 2021

Sunday Stamps | Russian Fortresses

Московский Кремль / Moscow Kremlin
(Or just the Kremlin)

For today's theme in Sunday Stamps, Buildings, I have chosen stamps featuring impressive Russian fortresses.

The series started in 2009. I have got different stamps through the years, and I do not get tired of these. Here you have some of them. It would be quite difficult to complete the collection!

Ростовский кремль / Rostov Kremlin
Новгородский кремль / Novgorod Kremlin

Ряза́нский кре́мль / Ryazan Kremlin

Нижегородский кремль / Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
Вологда кремль / Vologda Kremlin

Московский Кремль / Moscow Kremlin
Нижегородский кремль / Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
Астраханский кремль / Astrakhan Kremilin

07 May 2021

The Weight of Friendship

«Letters, especially those bearing too many stamps, carried the weight of friendship.»

Yiyun Li, Dear Friend, from My Life, I Write to You in Your Life

05 May 2021

La Libération - De Bevrijding

Stamp issued by Belgium in 2018. More about this issue.

03 May 2021

Mail Call from Hungary

Dear fellow mail artists,

I invite you to participate at Mail a smile’s newest challenge. I know this is a difficult period for everyone, but I believe creating art can bring us a tiny bit of peace. I am planning to organize an exhibition of all the mail that arrives, because I am confident your wonderful artwork will bring smiles to all the visitors.
(Location: Győr, Hungary. More details of the exhibition will be shared later.)

Topic: my home
Deadline: July 31st

Please, send your work to this address:
Pálma Puskás

(More info: mailasmile.org)      

02 May 2021

Sunday Stamps: Labourers

Postcard sent by Bryon (the USA)

Today's theme is Sunday Stamps is Labourers. This stamp of 2018 commemorates the centenary of the first Ukranian currency, and features a worker with a hammer.

Other stamps showing some of the most important jobs in the world...






01 May 2021

Lots of Stamps

I love envelopes with a lot of stamps. The one above was sent by Matthew (the USA), and contained a gift of stamps. The one below was sent by Rosemary (Canada). Notice that all the stamps are unmarked: any cancellation, which is not unusual on Canadian mail.

More vintage stamps on the card inside...

30 April 2021

The Most Perfect Match Ever

Bryon (the USA) sent me this postcard with the most perfect matching stamps. See and tell me if you agree!

29 April 2021

Current Mood

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK).

28 April 2021

How They Dare...?!?

These two letters, sent a month apart, arrived together.

The big one bears a stamp belonging to the set The Legend of King Arthur, issued on 16 March 2021. But... how they dare to penstrike the Holy Grail?!?

Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail

More stamps from this beautiful set I have got:

Knights of the Round Table

Sir Lancelot defeats the dragon

Arthur battles Mordred

The death of King Arthur

27 April 2021

Fijne Koningsdag

Envelopes from Konningsdag 2020:

Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands). There is also a Sant Jordi rose on this one...

Sent to Heleen (the Netherlands).

25 April 2021

Sunday Stamps | Soccer

Two small 1972 stamps for today's theme on Sunday Stamps: Sport. They belong to a very large series. I got those by snail mail, but inside an envelope.



Although I do not like soccer, I end up getting a lot of soccer stamps...

24 April 2021

A Room Without Books...

A room without books is like a body...

... without a soul
(Marcus Tulius Cicero)

Envelope sent by Phillip (the USA), made of a calendar. 

23 April 2021

23 April: Stop and Smell the Roses

23 April is Sant Jordi ('Saint George’s Day'), and also the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, when love and literature are celebrated massively throughout the Catalan countries and, more and more, in many other places around the world. The exchange of books and roses (#BooksAndRoses) is turning into a worldwide phenomenon.

I got last week a couple of Sant Jordi-related stamps (unintentionally?):

Letter from Alan (the UK)
The White Ensign, at one time called the St George's Ensign due to the simultaneous existence of a cross-less version of the flag, is an ensign worn on British Royal Navy ships and shore establishments. It consists of a red St George's Cross on a white field with the Union Flag in the upper canton. The stamp belongs to a set issuet on 22 October 2001.

This is the decorated back of a big postcard sent by John (the UK). The miniature sheet was issued on 6 May 2010, under the title Celebrating the Accession of King George V for London 2010 Festival of Stamps

And a letter from Fabienne (France) wore a stamp I was really happy to get. Issued on 12 April this year, it celebrates the 75 anniversary of Le Petit Prince ('The Little Prince').

If you have read the book, or know the story, you can see a rose in the Little Prince's hands... And you realise that the stamp on the left is a perfect match!

Oh, and I sent some dragons & roses, too!

22 April 2021

Happy Earth Day (2): Mermaids Hate Plastic


This is one of the stamps the United Nations issued for Earth Day 2020. It shows the work of Canadian artist Benjamin Von Wong. All he used for creating this fascinating work of art was 10,000 plastic bottles and a mermaid. You can read the story here.

"No water, no life.
No blue, no green."

On the postcard, the marine biologist, explorer and aquanaut Sylvia Earle, drawn by Rachel Ignotofsky.