24 January 2019

HitM | Spionnetje

Another postcard sent by Heleen (the Netherlands) for the Houses in the Mail project. I have posted postcards featuring houses in Amsterdam (here, here...). But any of them showed the detail you can see on the left, in the middle of the window frame: the spionnetje ('little spy'). It is a mirror outside the window, used since ages ago to see who is ringing the doorbell. Nowadays people use electronic devices... which are far less romantic!

The stamp, showing also the typical houses, isn't new to me. But I love this Postcrossing series!

23 January 2019

Door Tags

I am growing a nice collection of door tags thanks to Bryon (the USA). See here, and here...

Have yo ever sent one as a postcard?

22 January 2019

HitM | In Rochester

Two more interesting houses for the Houses in the Mail project, sent by Laura (the UK).

Eastgate House is an Elizabethan townhouse in Rochester, Kent, England. It is notable for its association with author Charles Dickens, featuring as Westgate in The Pickwick Papers and as the Nun's House in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Now a Dickens Museum (not really... See Lata's comment!), the grounds of Eastgate House contain the Swiss chalet in which Dickens penned several of his novels.

It seems that a tunnel was built between the main house and the writing chalet... so the author avoided to get his shoes dirty when he passed from one place to another (?!).

21 January 2019

Temples on Postcards

Canterbury Cathedral floodlit from the King's School
Painting by John Doyle

The Canterbury War-Horse, 2018
Canterbury Cathedral
England, the UK

Burgos Cathedral

Bath Abbey
England, the UK
(a former cathedral, actually)

The Round Church, Cambridge

Postcards sent by Laura (Spain & the UK)

Ruranwelisay Stupa, Sri Lanka

The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa, a hemispherical structure containing relics, considered sacred to many Buddhists all over the world.[1] It was built by King Dutugemunu c. 140 B.C.

Postcard sent by Ravindra (Sri Lanka).

The Sainte-Chapelle ('Holy Chapel') in Paris (France). Stained-glass windows from the 13th century. On the second postcard, Saint Louis holds the maquette of the Chapel.

Postcards sent by Fabienne (France).

St. Peter's Dome (Roma, Italy)
(This postcard arrived from Belarus, though.)

20 January 2019

Sunday Stamps | V for Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf is a fashion house which specialises in creating conceptual and avant-garde designs. It was founded in 1993 by Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.

These stamps were issued on 11 September 2017. The sheetlet features all kinds of sketches and doodles used by the fashion designers. (More information)

This is my contribution to this week's Sunday Stamps, letter V.

19 January 2019

Reading Women on Postcards

Ellen Dhub photograph, 1976
Sent by John (the UK)

I like the book she is reading...

Sent by John (the UK)

Mr Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading 
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926)
Sent by Bryon (the USA)

Sent by Phillip (France)

Can you spot her?

Sent by Heleen (The Netherlands)

Girl in Red (1926), by Alice Ruggles Sohier (1880-1969)
Sent by Bryon (the USA)

Have you noticed the Christmas postmark?

Jip en Janneke characters, by Fiep Westendorp
Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands)

Although she is not exactly reading letters...

Welsh vintage ladies
Sent by John (the UK)

One reading, one doing the laundry (?!)

18 January 2019


«The Postal Service has always carried mostly fantaisies, anyway.»

David Brin, The Postman

16 January 2019

Chief Lemee

Postcard featuring Chief Lemee (Chris Brown, 1903-1956), a Yosemite Miwok Indian with an extensive knowledge about Miwok culture. Yosemite National Park, California, sent by Bryon (the USA).

I love when postcards appear after a "conversation" through the comments of the blog, or previous letters/postcards. I also love postcards that teach me things. Actually... any postcard does, doesn't it?

15 January 2019

Some Sent Envelopes

Made of pages of magazines and brochures. Sent to Laura (the UK) and Imma (PC). I tried to match the theme of the stamp and the illustrations on the envelopes...

Front. The stamps are cinema-related...
except the king!




14 January 2019

Boldly Go...

The stamps I showed yesterday are not the only ones I have received related to the space. Lilli (Canada) sent me this letter in November. It is a pity that the picture cannot show how wonderful the envelope is, and also the stamps. Especially, the lenticular one (Star Trek again!).

The same month, David (the USA) sent me his Inspired by Stars letter. What a wonderful gift! You can see here most of the contents (and the rest of the Posted Letter projects, of course!).

I like a lot the slogan on the back: Boldly go where no one has gone before. That is what I say to all my departing letters...

13 January 2019

Sunday Stamps | U for Universe

I received this postcard of the sun from Posted Letter, with this thermochromic ink stamp of the solar eclipse, that I had previously featured on a post.

It gave me an idea to look for more stamps related to the theme Universe, for the letter U of Sunday Stamps.

Pluto and New Horizons
31 May 2016
Express Stamp - Space Shuttle Challenger
22 June 1995
Jupiter Room in Guiana Space Centre
50th anniversary of CNES (French Space Agency)
17 October 2001

World Space Week
6 October 2016

I hope that any scientist will not be offended if I include in this post the following stamps...

Boba Fett (Star Wars)
20 October 2015

Star Trek
2 September 2016

Star Trek
27 April 2017

12 January 2019

Bookshops and Libraries on Postcards

Mural by Mandy Sue
Sark Star Books
Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA
(Sent by Phillip)

Little Free Library
Kingsburg, California, USA
Sent by Claire

Common Good Books (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)
Illustrated by Bob Eckstein
Sent by Laura (the UK)

National Library of Latvia (in Riga)
Sent by Taiga

Strand Book Store in New York,
with 18 miles of books (?!?)
Sent by Phillip (the USA)