31 October 2021

Sunday Stamps | Do These Cute Monsters Scare You?

I got these on the back of postcards sent by Bryon (the USA). I wish they had existed when the Mail Monsters Project was alive!

These monsters are the creation of Canadian author and illustrator Elise Gravel. The stamps were issued on 24 September 2021. In the pane margin area surrounding the 20 stamps are small printed hearts, hats, flowers, word balloons and thought bubbles that can be applied to the stamp when it is used to frank a card or letter for mailing. (More information about this issue)

Go to Sunday Stamps for scarier stamps!

Black Birds

Front of the envelope

Envelope sent to Phillip (the USA), with some reused illustrations by María de la Fuente Soro. Not intended for Halloween... but it seems appropriate now.


By Rob Carlos

Frightening postcard sent by Bryon (the USA), with perfectly matching stamps on the back:

30 October 2021

Halloween Greetings

Halloween mail sent by Heleen (the Netherlands) and Bryon (the USA).

29 October 2021

Halloween Cheers

Letter sent to Phillip (the USA).

27 October 2021

It Is Knitting (and Quilting!) Time

The Penguin Knitting Book

Mouflon (Ovis orientalis)

Postcards sent by Alison and Karla (the USA).

Stamps sent by Bryon (the USA).

25 October 2021

Autumn Scenes

Postcard sent by Simone (Germany).

Postcard and letters sent by Laura (the UK).

Postcard sent by Emiko (Japan).

24 October 2021

Sunday Stamps | Cat

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Felines. The most recent cat I have got on the back of a postcard is this Neva Masquerade from Russia. 

The stamp was issued on 3 March 2020, and belongs to this set:

NB I also added a couple of lynxes to this post.

23 October 2021

Lange Briefe schreiben

Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben,
wird wachen, lesen, lange Briefe schreiben
und wird in den Alleen hin und her
unruhig wandern, wenn die Blätter treiben.»

Rainer Maria Rilke, "Herbsttag"

(See translations of the poem here.)

22 October 2021

Collaged Envelopes



Collages made by Rugilè (Lithuania), Rosemary (Canada), Imma (PC) and John (UK).

20 October 2021

Inside & Outside

It had been long time since I got a couple of inside & outside pair of postcards from the same place!

18 October 2021

Put a Lot of Stamps on Your Letters!

 Sometimes I enjoy doing that. Even more if I find matching stamps, like on the green letter below!

Letters sent to Laura (the UK), Phillip (the USA) and Sandra (Serbia).

16 October 2021

Very Different Drawing-Style Postcards

The Tale of Petter Rabbit
By Beatrix Potter

The Senses
Samin Nosrat & Wendy MacNaughton

Berzsenyi Dániel Emlékház

Postcards sent by Morag (the UK),  Bryon (the USA) and Micu (Hungary).

14 October 2021

13 October 2021

Getting Beautiful Envelopes

Letters sent by Pina (Belgium) and Laura (the UK).

12 October 2021

Nada que celebrar

Envelope sent to Phillip (the USA), made of stamps packaging.

The letter arrived with only ONE stamp on it!

10 October 2021

Sunday Stamps | Šaltibarščiai

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Autumn/Harvest/Food. I choose the food part... but summer food.

This Lithuanian stamps features the Šaltibarščiai or Cold Borscht, a soup made of beet juice which has a distinctive and appealing pink or magenta colour. The stamp was issued on 19 June 2020, as part of the Culinary Heritage series.

08 October 2021

Many of One Thing

A category of postcards I discovered thanks to Postcrossing is the "many of one thing" or "multiple" postcards. I always find this kind of postcards highly entertaining and educational!

Fashion Timeline of Chinese Clothing

The Kings of France 

Seaweeds of Britain

Postcards sent by Cherry (China), Steve (France) and Laura (the UK).

06 October 2021

Lighthouses Galore

Envelope made by Fabienne (France), out of a calendar sheet. It features Cap Fréhel lighthouse in Bretagne (France), and another French lighthouse on the matching stamp: Dunkirk. 

The letter contained two more lighthouses in the form of beautiful postcards:
Isabelle Xefoie

Peggy's Cove (Canada)

Postcard with matching stamps sent by Phillip (the USA):

Harbor of Refuge, Delaware

Navesink, New Jersey
Erie Harbor, Pennsylvania
Harbor of Refuge, Delaware

Another lighthouse postcard I got through the Postcrossing site; this one arrived from Australia:

Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

And still two more, from John's summer holidays in Scotland:

Scalpay Lighthouse, Isle of Harris

The Butt of Lewis, Isle of Lewis