20 March 2018

The Swing and the Bleaching

Laura (the UK) sent me this postcard long time ago, a year or so. But it is still on my desk, and it makes me think of spring.

The Swing, 1767,
an oil painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

And so does the following!

Die Rasenbleiche ('Bleaching on the Lawn'), 1882
Max Liebermann
I added it to the album of Clotheslines, even if it technically, isn't...

19 March 2018

German Flowers

I really like this series of definitive German stamps!

Johanniskräuter / Hypericum



Tränendes Herz /  Lamprocapnos

Tulpe / Tulip

18 March 2018

Women on Stamps / Engineer

Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878 – 1972) became the first member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1926 and was one of the first working female engineers to hold a PhD. Also, she was awarded a staggering 23 honorary degrees, was the first honorary member of the Society of Women Engineers, and in 1965 was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

In 1984 the US Postal Service issued a stamp in her honour.


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 E.

17 March 2018

Greetings from Cambridge & Taipei

On this postcard sent by Laura (the UK) you can see: the silhouettes of King's College, King's chapel illuminated for Christmas and the Corpus Clock. I think they can fit in this week's Postcards for the Weekend topic: Sunrise/sunset.

While I was looking for appropriate postcards for this post, I received this one from Maria: a superb sunset in Taipei, with a view of the Taipei 101 Tower.

Go to Maria's post to see more beautiful postcards!

16 March 2018

Spring Is Coming… By Train

NS trein - Verlengd InterRegio Materieel (VIRM)... And tulips!

Postcard sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).

13 March 2018

HitM | 16 People

This is quite a special house I received for the project Houses in the Mail, because it is a 4-bedroom apartment shared by 16 people. It feels like home, the sender wrote, because we have a great communal atmosphere filled with lots of play and laughs. I do believe that!
Postcard sent by Rebecca (the USA).

I think that my favourite picture is the picnic table outside. Rebecca wrote that she sits there to paint and write letters. So I tried to draw it on the envelope I sent her back...

11 March 2018

Women on Stamps | Dietrich & Droste-Hülshoff

Women in German History (Frauen der deutschen Geschichte) is a definitive stamp series issued in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and West Berlin from 1986 to 1990, and in reunited Germany 1990 to 2003.

The stamps were designed by Gerd and Oliver Aretz. The colour of the portrait is different, according to the color of the country name (Deutsche Bundespost, Deutsche Bundespost – Berlin, Deutschland) and denomination (pfennig, euro or both).

A friend from Germany sent me a bunch of those, and I must confess that I recognised few of the depicted women. Among those, there was Marlene Dietrich (1901 – 1992), an actress and singer that probably everyone knows. The stamp was issued on 14 August 1997.

And among the women I didn't recognise at all: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797 – 1848),  a 19th-century writer and composer. This stamp is one of the latest in the series, and was issued on 27 December 2002.


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 D.

More women on stamps.

10 March 2018

Historical and Mystical Ireland

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK). You can see, clockwise from top left: 
  • Skellig Michael (County Kerry). A Gaelic Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and remained continuously occupied until it was abandoned in the late 12th century. The remains of the monastery, and most of the island, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
  • The Poulnabrone Dolmen (County Clare). It dates back to the Neolithic period, probably between 4200 BC and 2900 BC.
  • Newgrange Megalithic Tomb (County Meath). It was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

09 March 2018

No Letters Back

«She told Bel about the singing tree and the three millions of stars in Aruwa, and she wrote messy, doleful letters home that she never sent because there was a shame in her unhappiness. In return, she received no letters back. Nne-Nne had never written a letter in her life, and Baba, ida assumed, had nothing to say to her.»

Diana Evans, 26a

07 March 2018

Early in the Morning

Post office in Tarifa (Spain). I had published more pictures here, from a former trip to that village, the southernmost of continental Europe.

06 March 2018

HitM | Friendship House

Really nice and full of details house, even a swimming pool (on the back). With carefully chosen stamps that I just love.

I usually don't publish the messages, but this time I had:

Sent with care by Valerie (the USA).

05 March 2018

Postcards from Mars

You can go to this site to get a postcard from Mars. Spoiler: It will be a virtual one (but still very cool!). Keep in mind if you, as usual, wish to reply: sending an actual postcard to Mars can be a bit expensive...

(Thanks, FinnBadger, for the links!)

04 March 2018

Women on Stamps | Couples

If it is infrequent to get a stamp featuring a woman, let alone a stamp featuring a couple of women. But I have got some. Like:

This stamp was issued by USPS on 17 June 1980. Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, political activist and lectures. She was deaf-blind. Maybe you remember her and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, because of the film The Miracle Worker. The persistence of the teacher in order to break through Helen's walls of silence and darkness impressed me when I saw the film (There is a film from 2000, but I saw an earlier version).

Kathleen Lynn (874 – 1955) was an Irish Sinn Féin politician, activist and medical doctor. Elizabeth O'Farrell (884 – 1957) was an Irish nurse and member of Cumann na mBan.

In January, 2016 An Post introduced 1916-2016, a Definitive Stamps Series based on the Centenary of the Easter Rising. The stamps were grouped into four categories: Leaders and Icons; Participants; Easter Week; and The Aftermath. The Lynn-O'Farrell stamp belongs to the Participants category. Three more women and a girl appear on the rest of the series, compared with only nineteen men.

On 17 July 2014, Royal Mail launched a set of stamps to mark the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, featuring the sports of swimming, track cycling, squash, judo, netball and marathon. Two more stamps (judo and swimming) show sportswomen too.


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 C.

More women on stamps.

03 March 2018

Drawn Cities

Paris (France)
Bookshop Shakespeare and Company
(Sent by Fabienne)

Ashford, Kent (the UK)
By Diane and Frank Setek
(Sent by Laura)

Toruń* (Poland)
(Sent by Anna)
*City where the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in 1473. also famous for its delicious piernik ('gingerbread').

I added this post to Maria's link Postcards for the Weekend. Be sure to go there to see more beautiful postcards!

02 March 2018

With Just a Fruit Label

This letter sent by Heleen (the Netherlands) arrived in Morocco, and rather soon, without the name of the country write on it: just on that little fruit label (You can compare to what happened to that letter...).

The matching stamp (at least, matching with the label of the orange), belongs to the to the 6-stamps sheet Grenzeloos Nederland ('Borderless Netherlands'), issued by Dutch post on 15 August 2016, and dedicated to Australia.

Heleen had sent me more stamps from the same series...

More information about the stamp and the issue here.