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).