23 February 2019

Maps on Postcards

FRANCE: Valbonne
Sent by Heleen (France)

Sent by Rosabella

Sent by Olga

Sent by Danijel

Sent by Maria

Sent by Laura (the UK)

Sent by John

The Channel Tunnel
Sent by Laura (the UK)

22 February 2019

HitM | Christmas Edition

I am (constantly) a bit behind in uploading the received mail to the blog. 

So, today, some contributions to the Houses in the Mail project sent during last Christmas holidays.

A postcard sent by Heleen (the Netherlands), to be added to the album of Inge Löök illustrations. It features two types of housing: an igloo and, in the background, a lighthouse. 

And more houses on the stamps!

An envelope sent by Phillip (the USA), with gingerbread houses. I still wonder how the postal machines could read the font of the address...!


On a separate envelope arrived this captivating postcard, also sent by Phillip. It makes me think of a magical world...

21 February 2019

Lettering Postcards

This is an extract from the definition of Lexicographer, from Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of English Language (1755).

A, Amen, folio 79r
The Book of Kells is written in Latin. The letters J, K, U ans W were not used by the Romans; they were added in the middle ages. J was created form the letter I while U and W were developed from V. Q was used only before a U which was followed by a vowel. The letter Y was adopted from Greek.

Totally awesome... as mail usually is. And sometimes is also funny...

Postcards sent by Laura (the UK).

Postcard sent by John (the UK). This non-Alice postcard makes me think of the importance of un-birthdays in Alice's Adventures...

19 February 2019

Delicious Postcards

One thing I love to learn about, through the Postcrossing postcards, is food from different countries!

On the back of this postcard, there is a useful recipe. It was sent by a Russian postcrosser who is living in Australia. How many countries on a piece of paper!

Traditional Japanese food:
Left up: Tempura (Fried seafood and vegetables);
Left down: Japanese Style Cakes;
Right up: Sushi Rice Balls topped with sliced raw fish;
Right down: Sashimi dish of slice raw fish.

There must be something of those inside the Japanese fridge that appears on this collage postcard made by my friend Laura (the UK)...

Christmas cookies from Germany (this arrived just before Christmas).

Stroopwafel from the Netherlands, sent by Miranda. I have tried them, so maybe I should add the label "places I have been to" to this post...

Not sure about what are they eating on this postcard that arrived from Taiwan, but I believe it is delicious as well...

18 February 2019

Chinese New Year (Again)

I have received two really nice letters celebrating the Chinese New Year, both with matching stamps.

This handmade envelope and a collage, from Fabienne (France).

Matching envelope, postcards and stamps by Phillip (the USA). As I do not like to display the addresses on the blog (not even mine, which all of you already know), you cannot see how nice this envelope looks. But the one that Mr Wilson received can give you a very closer idea...

Me too, I sent postcards to Spain and the USA (no photo of the latter, sorry), and a letter to Canada, to some friends who might celebrate the Chinese New Year...

17 February 2019

Sunday Stamps | Z for Zoo

The stamp above was issued in June 2014, in order to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Parc Zoologique de Paris (France), and its reopening after more than 2 years of works.  The species represented are a lemur, a jaguar, a flamingo and a giraffe.

The stamp below was issued in 2013, also to celebrate the 100 years of Burger's Zoo in Arnhem (the Netherlands). Looking at the species pictured on the stamp, I discovered extra z: It is a zwartvoetpinguin (Spheniscus demersus, 'black-footed penguin'), from Zuid-Afrika (South Africa).

This stamp of a gewone zeehond (Phoca vitulina, 'harbour seal') had to be present on this post...

Thanks for coming along this round of Sunday Stamps A-Z. I hope you have enjoyed it!

16 February 2019

HitM | Stamps

The following stamps were not, in the beginning, intended for the Houses in the Mail project. But they arrived at the right moment to be included.



The United Kingdom

15 February 2019


This year, I even sent three Valentines... That must be my record!
(And all three arrived on time.)

12 February 2019

Illustrated Aerogram

An aerogram or air letter is a thin lightweight piece of foldable and gummed paper for writing a letter for transit via airmail, in which the letter and envelope are one and the same.

And, of course, I like to receive them! This illustrated one was sent by Bryon (the USA).

11 February 2019

Amazing Botanists

Kew Gardens
London, the UK

Chelsea Physic Garden
London, the UK

Histoire des Animaux singuliers
Geofroy Linocier, 1584
(Coloured postcard)

Phrynium hirtum
Maximum card from Singapore

Postcards and stamps sent by Laura (the UK), Fabienne (France) and Maria (Singapore).