30 June 2017

And More Reading People on Postcards

From The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck,1908
Beatrix Potter
Sent by John (the UK)

Hot line, Wiktor Najbor
Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands)

Ivan Khrutsky, In the room, 1855
Sent by 
Eduard (Russia)

David Dubinsky (1920 - 1960)
Illustration Arkadi Gaidar's story
The Blue Cup (1958)
Sent by Eduard (Russia)

*Too ink on the back of the postcard. Besides that, my Russian skills are inexistent...

29 June 2017

Do You Think Postcards Have Magic Powers?

Well, this hadn't. The sender ask it to "break the US > Morocco mail record: 6 days"... And this stubborn postcard took more than two weeks to arrive!

28 June 2017

Reading Women on Postcards

On the Open Sea- The Transatlantic Steamship "Péreire", 1877
by Henry Bacon (1839-1912)

Norman Rockwell Visits a Country School (1946),
by Norman Rockwell.
Saturday Evening Post inside illustration (2 Nov. 1946)

Two Girls Looking at a Book (about 1877)
Winslow Homer

Hotel Room, 1931, Edward Hopper

And in Life's Evening Time, 1920
Advertisement for Edison Mazda Lamps
Illustration by Norman Rockwell

Reading by Lamplight, 1859
James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

The Book, 1875, Will Barnet

The Visitor, c. 1925 
Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl

All these postcards have been sent by Bryon, from the USA and Canada.

27 June 2017

Castles & Walls

Qal'at Al-Bahrain Site Museum
متحف موقع قاعة البحرين
I am very fond of this postcard sent by Nila (Bahrain). Because it is a beautiful view, of course. But also because it is the first piece of mail I have ever got from Bahrain (a new country to the list!), and also because we arranged this swap thanks to the A to Z April Challenge

Laura sent me this postcard from Burgos, Spain, The Arco de San Esteban ('St Stephen's Arch'), built in the 12th century, is one of the twelve gates on the walls of the old city.

The castle of Guadalest, in my country. The postcard was sent by one of my nieces. She wrote that "it is not a real castle, but mostly ruins".

Kasteel Slangenburg

Two more castles sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).

26 June 2017

Eid Stamps

Letter sent by Phillip (the USA). It arrived a bit after the Eid, so I wait to upload it in the next one.

It is quite difficult to take a proper picture of these blue and golden stamps. You can have a better look here.

24 June 2017

Iconic Warhol

This week, the theme in Postcards for the Weekend is Iconic person. I do not receive a lot of pictures of people, but I happen to have received the following one.

The postcard above is a painting by the American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987). The postcard below, an advertisement for a restaurant inspired in one of the best known Warhol's illustrations. Both sent by Phillip (the USA).

By the way: this is the third time that Katzinger's appears on Mail Adventures (first, second)! 

23 June 2017

Post Office in Cádiz

This is the main post office in the city of Cádiz (Spain). It was built in 1925. 

This time, the postal workers were super-nice. And of course I could not resist to post some letters in the mouth of those lions...

22 June 2017

And More Summer!


This postcard is a wonderful handmade collage, sent by Sally (the USA). I can easily identify myself with the happy people on the postcard. Summer means water!

Back of the postcard

By the way: this is another postcard that I received thanks to the A to Z April Challenge.

21 June 2017


Cheerful postcard sent by Phillip (the USA), made of a box of kleenex.


Matching stamps

At first sight, I thought that it was empty inside (it was really well glued!). But thanks to Heleen's post, I discovered there were an inside too...


20 June 2017


This is the thank you note that Eric (France) sent to the 36 artists (from 12 countries) who took part his mail art call Fifty. It raised over 200 contributions! This was mine.

19 June 2017

Open When Letters

The Open When letters work as a variation of the Letters to the Future (=letters to be opened on an specific day in the future). There are letters written and given with instructions for opening at a later date or time.

There are many different types of Open When letter topics. They can be general ("when you miss me") or specific ("for your birthday"). On this post of Sharis' Berries blog you will find not less than... 280 topics! Plus some fun ideas and printable templates (like those on the picture, taken from the same post).

18 June 2017

The Weather on Stamps


Today's theme in Sunday Stamps-II is Weather. I have had a look at the stamps I have got. Among those that feature pictures, I have realised that most of them show sunny scenes. Maybe because the postal authorities tend to convey good news...

But then I have noticed that I have at least one stamp for (almost) all kind of atmospheric conditions...







17 June 2017

British Houses

Linocut sent by Alan (the UK), showing an old pub in Wivenhoe.

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK). Watercolour of Conquest House in Canterbury It is one of the oldest buildings in Canterbury. Famous for its 1066 undercroft and its historical association with St Thomas Beckett and the four knights, it also features a 17th century royal mural and carvings. Now it is an art gallery.

I added this pots to Postcards for the Weekend. This week's theme is Historic Site/Building.

16 June 2017

Smoking Writers?

This postcard featuring James Joyce was sent by Laura (the UK). It is an oil by Jacques-Emile Blanche (1935).

I like to receive postcards portraying writers. But I have just realised that, even in my little collection, some of them appear smoking. It seems to be a writer-portrait thing...

Annie M. G. Schmidt

Sigmund Freud

(This was my small contribution too the celebrating of Bloomsday!)