31 March 2019

Women on Stamps | F for Freier

Recha Freier (1892 – 1984) founded the Youth Aliyah organization in 1933. The organization saved the lives of 7,000 Jewish children by helping them to leave Germany for Palestine before and during the Holocaust. She was also a poet, musician, teacher and social activist.

The stamp was issued in 2018 (see here a better picture). The stamps of the Elephant Holon and the Lioness Jaffa were also issued in August 2018).


For the current round of Sunday Stamps A-Z I am showing stamps dedicated to women. You can see here all the Women on Stamps featured on this blog.

Go to Sunday Stamps to enjoy more F-stamps.

30 March 2019

That Awkward Moment

And this is what you would call 
an extremely awkward moment:
Heleen finds out that a Mail Monster is living at home

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might know that something mysterious happened with a letter I sent to Heleen, belonging to the Mail Monsters Project.

On this postcard I sent later to her, I tried to capture the very moment when she discovered what had happened. You can see it also on this post of Heleen's blog, dedicated to weird existing (?!) animals.

29 March 2019

Three Cities

Letters sent by Phillip (the USA), about three cities he visited. Of course, the letters din't arrived in the right order.

Envelope made out of a bookshop shopping bag 

Envelope made out of wrapping paper

28 March 2019


I received a box of Smurfcookies as part of a wonderful birthday present. Of course, the design was too nice to just throw it away, so I added some stickers and tape, and made and envelope for Fabienne (France). I believe that all the Smurfs arrived safe and sound!

27 March 2019

Parcel with *Thousands* of Stamps

Only Heleen (the Netherlands) is able to send a birthday parcel with so many stamps stuck. And I am only showing the front and back of it: there were more in the lateral! 

The packet itself is a present. She even wrote a message for the post deliverer to smuggle it under the door if I wan't at home. Happily, I was. Otherwise, it would have been necessary to dig a tunnel under the door to allow this big present to pass...

25 March 2019


«This letter, like all letters, is totally unnecessary.»

Thornton Wilder, The Ides of March

24 March 2019

Women on Stamps | E for Early Education for Girls

This stamp, designed by Lim An-ling, was issued on 11 October 2018, and belongs to a set of four that you can see here.

This is the description of the stamps on the Singapore Post site:
Nineteenth-century Singapore was a vibrant commercial centre. But beneath the prosperity, Singapore remained undeveloped in many areas including education. There was little public demand for formal education and the government in British India at that time was unwilling to channel money into developing education, much less the education of girls.
This stamp issue depicts the early education and skills that girls received in Singapore.
For the current round of Sunday Stamps A-Z I am showing stamps dedicated to women. You can see here all the Women on Stamps featured on this blog.

Go to Sunday Stamps to enjoy more E-stamps.

22 March 2019

Some Literary Cards

Miniature of Ezra, from Codex Amiatinus, before 716
 & The only surviving manuscript of Beowulf
(late 10th or early 11th century)
Postcards sent by Laura (the UK)

A contemporary unknown writer...
Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands)

Automatic writer
Received from the Netherlands

Jane Eyre discovers mister Rochester's secrets
by Tom Gauld (The Snooty Bookshop)
Sent by John (the UK)

21 March 2019

Blue Flower

Envelope I painted for Phillip (the USA). It was made in the middle of the winter, but surely I was already thinking of the spring...

20 March 2019

19 March 2019

To Infinity and Beyond

Science-fiction themed letter sent to Phillip (the USA), drawn from a Tom Gauld's design.

Hand-painted vintage astronaut sent to Eric (France) for his Science Fiction mail art call.

Envelope sent to David (the USA). Drawing this one, I found out that it is quite difficult to distinguish female/male astronauts when they are wearing the helmet...

18 March 2019

Longing for Spring Flowers?

I received this envelope from Phillip (the USA) last week, on 12 March. How cool is when the cacti say your name? I must confess that I didn't realise it at first sight, and I wondered why only my surname was on the envelope. Silly me!

If you have a look at the mail I got the same day (three letters and a postcard), you will discover a pattern: there are flowers on all the stamps! I guess my friends are waiting for the spring to come...

17 March 2019

Women on Stamps | D for Dolto

Françoise Dolto (1908-1988) was a French pediatrician and psychoanalyst. All her life, she worked for the cause of children, with the aim of making them to grow up; she contributed by her work to radically change the look that adults have made on the children. She remains a reference for children's professionals and the general public. 

The stamp was issued in 2018.

For the current round of Sunday Stamps A-Z I am showing stamps dedicated to women. You can see here all the Women on Stamps featured on this blog.

Go to Sunday Stamps to enjoy more D-stamps.

16 March 2019

May Your Beers Be Green and Cold

Saint Patrick's Day wishes sent to Laura (the UK). The money I stuck was not from a pot of gold, but made by Alan (except the 100€ stamp: that is an official one!).

May your days be bright and sunny
May your beers be green and cold
May ye will be gettin lucky
when you are wrinkly and old.
And may someday a pot of gold
in your own yard, ye find,
and when you do, remember to
keep folks like me in mind! 

15 March 2019

Which Cancellation Do You Prefer?

Ok, just a rhetorical question.

This is not exception. I have a collection of beautifully cancelled stamps. These are only the last ones I have got. I really like the zeal Royal Mail puts in doing its job right.

14 March 2019

Trunks & Horns

Envelope sent to Laura (the UK).

In my language, we use the same word for 'trunk' and 'horn': trompa. And, strange it might seem, that was the matter of the letter inside...

13 March 2019

Special & Beautiful Post Boxes

This postcard was sent by John (the UK) last December. It was posted in a musical Christmas post box in Line Street Station, Liverpool. You can read more about this mail adventure and see the festive post box on John's blog.

On the back, some matching stamps (attacked by the dreadful postal blue pen!!),

South Africa's older letter box still in use is in Worcester Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. The box was erected in about 1856 and is fluted in design, with a horizontal letter slot with a flap. The box is traditional Post Office red.
Postcard sent by Dave (South Africa).

Smiling Postman, c. 1900
A French postman posting a letter on this vintage postcard also sent by John (the UK). 

The canals and Beguin convent
Bruges, Belgium
This postcard sent by Laura (the UK) is special because... me too, I have been there!