31 July 2020
30 July 2020
29 July 2020
|Gemeinsam Gegen Corona'Together against Corona'|
|Great additions to my Keep Calm album!|
|By Irina Zeniuk|
(I am afraid the Blue Cat did not understand the Stay Calm part...)
Postcards sent by Heleen (the Netherlands) and John (the UK).
28 July 2020
27 July 2020
26 July 2020
Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Illustrations. A good excuse (as if I needed one) to show these stamps featuring the characters of The Gruffalo, a book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
A total of 10 stamps were were issued on 10 October 2019. You can see here the rest.
Axel Scheffler designed the 2012 Christmas stamps for Royal Mail in 2012.
25 July 2020
Physicist (1882 - 1935)
|"My methods are really methods of working and thinking; |
this is why we have crept in everywhere anonymously."
Physicist (1878 - 1968)
|"Life need not be easy, |
provided only it was not empty."
Chemist (1892 - 1916)
|"Men dominated higher education in 1915,|
and Alice Ball was admitted against the odds"
Miles Jackson, Univ. of Hawaii Professor and Dean Emeritus
Botanist and suffragist (1869-1963)
|"Grass made it possible for the human race to abandon |
cave life and follow herds."
Physicist and mathematician (1918-2020)
|"[The other woman] didn't ask questions|
or take the task any further. I asked questions;
I wanted to know why. They got used to me
asking questions and being the only woman there."
24 July 2020
I drew an astronaut on a big envelope and sent it to Phillip (the USA).
I have realised that I have sent a lot of astronauts to him...
And to other people. I was not aware that drawing astronauts was such a hobby for me...
23 July 2020
In 2018, when I moved from Morocco to Spain, I started the project Houses in the Mail. I received a bunch of nice contributions, and I sent a few houses, too. The mail still brings houses from time to time. Like this postcard showing a Moving House from 1962, sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
Two years ago, I wouldn't imagine that in 2020 I would spend so many time at home. A moving house would be a good thing right now...
22 July 2020
21 July 2020
I have been told that, in the New Normal, it is forbidden to share menus on restaurants. I have seen some restaurants around here use boards. In others, the waiter tells you the menu.
Another solution is to offer disposable menus. I guess it is an expensive solution, especially if they are made of sturdy cardboard. But it also a good idea for mail art...
20 July 2020
This is Phobos, one of Mars' moons.
Last year the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the First Moon Landing with the issue of several stamps.
Early this year, I received some of them, on a letter sent by Phillip (the USA), on a thematic recycled envelope. (See on his blog.)
The stamp on the middle shows the Sea of Tranquility, the site where the lunar module, Eagle, landed.
And a French stamp features also one of the most ionic pictures of the event: the first steps on the Moon.
How many famous astronomers do you know?
|Wang Zhenyi (1768-1797)|
|Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1979)|
|Vera Rubin (1928-2016)|
The stamps on thes envelopes are very appropriate, as they belongs to the Spacious Skies part of the O Beautiful stamps:
19 July 2020
Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Numbers. Seeking for inspiration, I found this lovely 1977 stamp, from a 6-stamps set dedicated to The Twelve Days of Christmas.
I hesitated about publishing a Christmas stamp in July. But... this is a crazy year, isn't it?
18 July 2020
This illustration used to belong to a bottle of wine, before being added to this envelope along with perfectly matching stamps.
I think it can be a good name for a wine. And, sometimes, it also can be applied to what otherwise we call The New Normal.
Sent by Phillip (the USA).
17 July 2020
|Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), cytogeneticist|
Illustration by Rachel Ignotofsky
|"Expect a most agreeable letter,|
for not being overburdened
by subject -having nothing
at all to say- there shall be
no check to my genius from
beginning to end."
letter from 21 January 1801
Postcard sent by Laura (the UK).
16 July 2020
You might think that this letter would reach its destination in a blink of an eye. I mean, on board of the Intrepid balloon, or on those reliable little planes...
Actually, it was posted and postmarked on 11 April, and reached me on 29 June. Safe and sound.
15 July 2020
This stamp and postcard belong to the set dedicated to Romantic Poets, issued by Royal Mail on 7 April, the 250th birth anniversary of William Wordsworth. (More information about this issue.)
It happens to be my favourite stamp of the set, and I got it also in the form of a postcard.
And for a radically different reference to the Ancient Greece world on a postcard...
|How to bid at auction, 1955|
Ronald Searle (1920-2011)
Thanks, John and Laura!