14 October 2019

The Penny Black (Pub)

How would you name a pub, if you were the owner? The Penny Black is in Singapur. However, this postcard arrived via Sri Lanka, sent by Ravindra.

I guess there is no need to explain the name, but just in case, from its website:
The name “Penny Black” is derived from the world’s first ever self-adhesive postage stamp which was printed black in colour, sold for one penny, and first issued on the 6th May 1840.

13 October 2019

Sunday Stamps | Pneumatoraptor & T. Rex

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Dinosaurs, Dragons, or Mythical Beasts. I thought I would have nothing to share, but then I remembered this stamp which I got a month ago:

This Hungarian stamp was issued on 3 September 2018, and belongs to a 6-stamps set entitled Prehistoric Animals - Dinosaurs. I have only got the Pneumatoraptor fodori.

The type species is Pneumatoraptor fodori, named for Géza Fodor, who provided funding for the dig. The genus name Pneumatoraptor refers to the pneumaticity of the bone, the hollow spaces that would have been filled with air sacs in life. The holotype specimen is identified by the catalogue number MTM V.2008.38.1. and housed at the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest.

And only few days ago I received the four stamps depicting the fierce Tyrannosaurus Rex, issued by USPS on 29 August. It has been quite difficult to take a proper picture of these, because they are lenticular.

One design illustrates a face-to-face encounter with a T. rex approaching through a forest clearing; another shows the same young adult T. rex with a young Triceratops — both dinosaurs shown in fossil form.

The third and fourth stamps depict a newly hatched T. rex covered with downy feathers and a bare-skinned juvenile T. rex chasing a primitive mammal.

12 October 2019

10 October 2019


Mühle zur Kornernte, by Christel Arndt
Sent by Fabienne (France)

Bruges, Belgium
Sent by Laura (the UK)

Stamps sent by Bryon (the USA)

Sent by Heleen (The Netherlands)
(I had got more from this beautiful series)

08 October 2019

HitM | Smurfhouse

No collection of houses would be complete without a Smurfhouse! Heleen (the Netherlands) painted this one on the back of a Smurfs packaging. 

Also, you can read the name of the Smurfs in different languages: 
-English: The Smurfs
-French: Les Schtroumpfs
-Spanish: Los Pitufos
-German: Die Schlümpfe
-Dutch: De Smurfen
-Portuguese: Os Smurfs
-Italian: I Puffi

In my language, Catalan, they are Els Barrufets (although when I was a child I had to read the comics in Spanish).

The Smurfhouse arrived inside of a plastic bag, protecting it. So the letter it contained inside a concealed pouch arrived safe and sound!

07 October 2019

A Postsecret

As exposure therapy for my driving ptsd, I've started taking day trips by myself, going father and longer each time. I go to post offices and mail myself a postcard with an encouraging quote on it. Each postcard with a postmark from outside my metro area is like a trophy reminding me that I am capable of overcoming this.

From the Postsecret project (taken from their Instagram),

06 October 2019

Sunday Stamps | Fruits

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Harvest. I am introducing some fruits on stamp, although they do not belong all to the same season!

Gooseberry (Ribes grossularia)
 (From a set of 3 Garden Berries)
Finland, 2013

Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca L.) & Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.)
(From a set of 3 Fruits)
Croatia, 2010

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
(From a set of two Wild Berries)
Iceland, 2007

Pomelo (Citrus maxima) & Egg fruit (Pouteria campechiana)
(From the series Popular Fruits of Philippines)
Philippines, 2017

(From the series Gifts of nature)
Russia, 2003

(From the series Gifts of nature)
Russia, 2003

Definitive - Red Pears
The United States, 2017

Fruit definitives - Grapes
The United States, 2017

04 October 2019

HitM | More Log Cabins

After showing those Canadian log houses, I have received another interesting postcard: Log Houses, Kodiak Village (1899). Painted by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh (1853-1935), and sent by Bryon (the USA).

02 October 2019

Women on Art Postcards

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Blauer
by Gustav Klimt

Adi Gallia (Star Wars),
by Jennifer Alberin Johnson

Retrato de Olga en un sillón, 1918
By Pablo Picasso

The West End Review, 1898
By Alphonse Mucha

Sent by Julia, Daniel and Bryon (the USA), and Bruno (PC).

01 October 2019

30 September 2019

Nice Stationery

Different sheets of stationery on letters from the UK I got in June.

I wonder why Hello Kitty have to different vintage phones, one yellow and another one red (?!).

Do you use this kind of stationery? Which one do you prefer?

29 September 2019

Sunday Stamps | Cathedrals (But Not Only)

On 12 January 2012, Brazil commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Presbyterian Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro with this special stamp. The building is profusely decorated. The largest and most expressive stained glass bears an inscription with the sentence: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”, highlighted on the upper part of the stamp covered with a transparent holographic film and relief.

St Peter's Cathedral or Wormser Dom is a Roman Catholic church and former cathedral in Worms, southern Germany. This stamp, issued on 7 June 2019, commemorates its 1000th anniversary.

French stamp showing the basilica of  La Sagrada Família, a masterpiece of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The building of this church started in 1852 and it is supposed to be finished by 2026. The stamp was issued on 9 November 2015

This stamp, issued by Royal Mail on 23 February 2012, belongs to the series Britons of Distinction. It shows the Coventry's Anglican Cathedral, but actually the stamp is dedicated to the Scottish architect Basil Spence. He was charged of the reconstruction of the cathedral, after it was extensively damaged by German bombing during World War II. The stamp was issued on the 50th anniversary of the reconstruction.

St. Martin's Cathedral or Dom Church (Domkerk), is a Gothic church dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, which was the cathedral of the Diocese of Utrecht during the Middle Ages. It has been a Protestant church since 1580. It was once the Netherlands' largest church, but the nave collapsed in a storm in 1674 and has never been rebuilt. This stamp was issued on 10 June 1986.

This stamp features the cathedral of Braga, and belongs to the 5-stamps series Portugal North issued on 24 March 2017.

I received these Russian stamps on different postcards, but they belong to the same issue. They represent the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg and, below, the Episcopal Palace in Astorga, León, Spain. The latter is also a Gaudi's work, and one of his only three buildings outside Barcelona. These stamps are a joint issue with Spain. I only have the Russian version, though.

For  Sunday Stamps goes - Churches

28 September 2019

Write More Letters

If plan A fails, remember:
there are still 25 letters left

By typewriter or by hand... write letters!

Postcard send by Heleen (the Netherlands) and folded postcard sent by Rebecca (the USA).

27 September 2019

Nearly Reading Women

Since my friends know that I love postcards of reading women, they ses reading women everywhere. 

For instance, this young lady, who is actually considering whether she should read or not:

Margaret Gilmore, c. 1845
Erastus Salisbury Field

Or this self-portrait of Frida Kahlo, in which she is painting from her image in the mirror:

Self-Portrait with Unbound Hair, 1947
Frida Kahlo

Does singing from a hymn book count as reading?
In Full Voice (Singing His Praise)
By Richard Sargent
Cover for The Saturday Evening Post,
March 7, 1959

Postcards sent by Bryon (the USA) and John (the UK).