20 July 2018

Mail by Sea Post & Go

All these letters and postcards, sent on different days, landed in my mailbox together the same day.

Royal Mail issued post & go self-adhesive postage labels on 14 February, featuring six ships that represente the history of mail transportation by sea. (More information about this issue)

I have been receiving some of them. It took me three letters to realise that they were different ships!

Packet Antelope, 1780

SS Great Western, 1838

SS Britannia, 1887

RMS Olympic, 1911

RMS Queen Mary, 1936

RMS St Helena, 1990

19 July 2018

HitM | Kent

This postcard, actually, wasn't intendedly sent for the Houses of the Mail project. But you can see some traditional houses on the postcard, including a castle and beach cabins. And the conversation on the back was mostly about... houses.

I like the sketchbook style of the postcard. It was sent by Laura (the UK).

18 July 2018

Long Live the Summer!

Postcard sent to Laura (the UK). I painted this watermelon-whale during the spring, when I was longing for the summer...

And another watercolour postcard sent to Dot (New Zealand). This was my first one, hence the yellowish spot on the edge...

17 July 2018

Bioluminiscent Mail

Letter sent by Phillip (the USA). On the folded card, a picture by Teresa N. Rishel showing Dale Chiluly's work: Persian Ceiling, vibrant glass artwork. 

It couldn't match more with the Bioluminiscence Life stamps, issued by the USPS on 22 February. They don't glow in the dark, but they incorporate an special holographic effect that is hard to show on a picture or scan.

From left to right:
-a cluster of mushrooms (Mycena lucentipes) photographed by Taylor F. Lockwood
-a bamboo coral (Keratoisis flexibilis) by Edith Widder
-and a crown jellyfish (Atolla wyvillei), shown under external lighting, also by Widder.

I have received two more on the back of a postcard:
-Red: a deep-ocean octopus (Stauroteuthis syrtensis), photographed by Edith Widder under external lighting.
-Blue: a deep-sea comb jelly (Bathocyroe fosteri), also by Widder and lit externally.

Sorry if don't like to see jellyfishes in the summer!

16 July 2018

De Post

This eclectic style building was built between 1898 and 1910. It was designed by architect Louis Cloquet in collaboration with Stéphane Mortier for the 1913 World Exhibition.

The façades of the building are decorated with different statues and coat of arms, representing Belgium, Flanders, Wallonia, the at that time 9 provinces and the 23 European heads of state. There are about 100 statues in total. 

The interior has been newly refurbished and turned into the classy De Post shopping centre and luxury hotel 1898 The Post. The post pigeons painted on the walls still refer to the original function of the building.

More pictures, including the 51 m high clock tower: here, here...

15 July 2018

Women on Stamps | Villains

I guess it is not usual to dedicate stamps to bad women, or bad people in general... unless they are fictional characters.

Cruella De Vil
(One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
One year ago USPS issued a sheet of stamps showcasing 10 classic Disney villains: six women, a man, two animals and a half-man-half-beast. I received two of them.

The Queen
(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

The Red Queen
(Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There)
Royal Mail has dedicated some stamps to Lewis Carroll's novels. The first one I show here was issued in 1998. The second stamp belongs to this 2015 issue. These two villains are often confused!

The Queen of Hearts
(Alice in Wonderland)


For the new edition of Sunday Stamps-II A to Z, I have decided to show some of the stamps I have got on letters and postcards, related to one topic: women. This is the post for the letter V.

More women on stamps.

14 July 2018


Have you ever heard about Lillian Virginia Mountweazel and her passion about mailboxes? You can read about her interesting life on the page 1,850 of the 1975 edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia:
Mountweazel, Lillian Virginia, 1942-1973, American photographer, b. Bangs, Ohio.Turning from fountain design to photography in 1963, Mountweazel produced her celebrated portraits of the South Sierra Miwok in 1964. She was awarded government grants to make a series of photo-essays of unusual subject matter, including New York City buses, the cemeteries of Paris and rural American mailboxes. The last group was exhibited extensively abroad and published as Flags Up! (1972) Mountweazel died at 31 in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine.
A fountain designer who made a book about rural mailboxes? Oh, how I wish Ms. Mountweazel and her works were real! Because, actually, she is famous for having never existed.
It was an old tradition in encyclopaedias, dictionaries, maps, etc. to put in a fake entry to protect the copyright. An so was Mountweazel: a copyright trap, a fictitious entry composed specifically to note whether persons were copying content without due attribution or royalties. Today, professional editors refer to such fictitious content as a Mountweazel.

(The picture above is from a 2009 exhibition in Dublin,  that explored "the fictitious life and legacy of one Lillian Virginia Mountweazel". And Ms. Mountweazel has a page on Facebook and a memorial society on Flickr...)

13 July 2018

Time to Vote the Most Beautiful Bridge

Handmade postcard sent by Laura (the UK), showing the village of Bridge in Kent, the UK.

Bridges is a favourite theme for mail, being snail mail, in a way, a bridge itself. don't you think so? And it is also this year's theme for the competition EUROPA stamps. If you hadn't cast your vote yet, till 9 September, here is your chance to vote for the most beautiful EUROPA stamp in 2018.

12 July 2018

HitM | Chocolate Houses

Front of the envelope
A sweet entry from Micu (Hungary) for the Houses in the Mail project (See here her first one). I love the way she attached the chocolate packaging to a recycled bag of paper.

Back of the envelope

She reused another box of chocolate to make a folded postcard:

Someone ate a lot of chocolate for Easter!

11 July 2018

Detour Ahead

Hand-painted enveloped sent to Posted Letter for their mail art call Detour Ahead (As you have guessed, it is what it says on the orange road sign.)

10 July 2018


From Wikipedia:
Postcardware, also called just cardware, is a style of software distribution similar to shareware, distributed by the author on the condition that users send the author a postcard. (...) Like other "novelty" software distribution terms, it is often not strictly enforced.
The concept was first used by Aaron Giles, author of JPEGView.
What other things do you consider that could be paid with a postcard?

09 July 2018

Artistamps Creators

Front and back of three postcards sent by Cascadia Artpost (the USA). The first two show catalogues of artistamps creators, and samples of their word. 

The title of this postcard is Famous Postmarks. There is the explanation on the back:
The retirement of long-time artist C.T. Chew from mail art at the end of 2017 had the effect of immediately rendering his "Aesthetics" postmark ant other Triangle Post telematic ephemera as scarce trace phenomena in the postalscape of the Eternal Network. Cascadia Artpost now commemorates the cliquishly referential and unforgettable presence of Chew the mail artist in six memorable images, conveniently portrayed in the artistamp format. All forever hail Triangle Post!

08 July 2018

Women on Stamps | Unknown Woman with(out) Umbrella

This stamp was issued in 2016 with the title of the photography is "Toronto" by Lutz Dille (1960). It belongs to the 2013-2017 Canadian Photography series.

Lutz Dille, born in Leipizg, immigrated to Canada in 1951, arriving in Hamilton at age 29 with a few items of clothing, $30 in cash and his treasured Leica camera. Nowadays he is considered one of the country’s leading documentary photographers.

As a bonus, another woman (?) without umbrella... This is one of the childcare stamps issued in the Netherlands in 1988, under the title Kind en Water. It was designed from a child's felt pen drawing. I found an interesting article about how these stamps were actually printed.


For the new edition of Sunday Stamps-II A to Z, I have decided to show some of the stamps I have got on letters and postcards, related to one topic: women. This is the post for the letter U.

More women on stamps.

07 July 2018

Some Mailboxes of Belgium

An old model in Bruges, with bikes

Another one in Ghent, with beers

A more modern one, also in Ghent

Someone is amazed to the late pick up!

In Antwerp, the one I posted my postcards in.

04 July 2018

HitM | A Lot of Houses!

Janet (the USA) sent two hand-painted postcards for the project of Houses in the Mail. Very different styles, and nice colours!

She included some more on a bunch of ATC (A light-house counts, doesn't it?)

And even on the stamps. It must be an school, according to the message on the stamps. I love those cancellations, by the way.

I think it was the first time, or maybe the second, that someone included the word Africa in my address. Well, I guess it was the last, because I don't live in Africa any more...

It was a strike of luck that the letter arrived, because the post code was wrong (also my name, but usually that isn't any problem). And it took 17 days from the USA to Morocco.