30 January 2022

Sunday Stamps | Lunar New Year

I haven't got any Year of the Tiger stamp yet. But, for today's theme in Sunday Stamps, I am glad to show these stamps sent by my friend Heleen from the Netherlands:

29 January 2022

Almost One Year

This postcard features, according to the sender, Chong Qin's food... Which looks delicious to me! It was sent on 8 February 2021, and arrived on 4 January 2022. So... it travelled during 330 days!

27 January 2022

Light the Darkness

Holocaust Memorial Day
27 January 2021
Visit www.hmd.org.uk

Sent by Laura (the UK).

26 January 2022

25 January 2022

(Not Exactly) Russian Buildings

Smolny Cathedral

The house of the merchant Zharov in the 80s, Miass

Emir of Bukhara's Palace
In Uzbekistan. But postcard sent from Russia.

Postcards sent by Olya, another person named Olya and Vera (Russia).

23 January 2022

Sunday Stamps | Country Maps

Some original maps of different countries for today's theme in Sunday Stamps:

The Netherlands
Network of Lights, 2015
(See here the complete set)

Hungarian Meteorological Service 150th Anniversary, 2020

James White & 100th Anniversary Atlas of Canada, 2006

Coat of Arms, 2016

22 January 2022


Do you know the hashtag #xtremephilately? It was first used by @ExploringStamps back in 2017, and it is used now for philatelists around the world. 

Extreme philately consists on taking a picture of a stamp in front of the motive (place, building, person, event, animal, plant, etc.) it features. This has been my first attempt:

Go take a look on Twitter or Instagram.

21 January 2022

The Random Letter Project

Random Letter Project is an interesting project. It is simple: there is a writing prompt every month. If you feel inspired, you write a letter; then, you got a random letter about the same subject sent by another contributer.

You can read on the project site how it works:
Monthly we'll post a new topic to write about. Write as much or as little as you'd like. 

Random Letter Project
6929 N Hayden Road C4
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

A random letter from another person who contributed will be dropped in your mailbox when you least expect it.

Yah, we never share this info with anyone. All letters come to one location and we swap them from one envelope to another. 

When you send your letter, be sure to include your return address on the envelope. We'll use those details to send you a random letter back. 

Just want to reiterate - we swap your letter from one envelope to another. Don't worry about your address being on there. It's what we'll use to send you a random letter back. 

I tried in November and got my random letter back. No letter received for my December letter, though.

20 January 2022

Another Postal Mystery

This letter was sent by Bryon to Canada on 7 March 2020, to be postmarked with the special postmark of the Apple Blossom Festival. But it only get the postmark on 26 October, and reached me on 3 December. I was puzzled when I read it whishing me a happy Spring!

Maybe the festival was delayed, maybe it fell between cabinets in a post office where a janitor eventually found it... Where it was between March and October will remain a postal mystery.

18 January 2022

Exotic Markets on Postcards

Don Manora
(Floating market around 2 hours by car from Bangkok)

So much fun, by Lee Kow Fong
(Aquarium shop)

Postcards sent by Weena (Thailand) and David (Singapore).

16 January 2022

Sunday Stamps | Writers

A long catalogue of Writers for today's theme in Sunday Stamps...

Hanna Arendt (1906-1975)
Germany, 1988

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
France, 2021

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
USA, 2007

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)
UK, 1980

Nella Larsen (1891-1964)
USA, 2020

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)
USA, 2021

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
USA, 1992

Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)
USA, 2006

Anne Spencer (1882-1975)
USA, 2021

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
USA, 1981

Freya Stark (1893-1993)
UK, 2003

Elsa Triolet (1896-1970)
France, 2021

Louise de Vilmorin (1902-1969)
France, 2019

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)
USA, 1987

15 January 2022

Greetings from Delaware

Mail sent by Phillip (the USA). Please, notice the matching stamps...

13 January 2022


More postcards for my Universities album...

University of Illinois Walking Past Foellinger (USA)

Freiburg im Breisgau. Haupteingang der Universität (Germany)

King's College, Cambridge (UK)

Sent by Mary (the USA), Heiner (Germany) and Laura (the UK)

11 January 2022

Made of Food Packaging

More postcards made of food packaging...


From a biscuits box. It features the town of Camprodon.


From Bryon (the USA)
Made of beer packaging. It made me think of...

From Bryon (the USA)
Biscotti packaging


09 January 2022

Sunday Stamps | Blue Space

Blue space travelling for Sunday Stamps... 

La Francophonie
Serbia, 14 July 2021

Anniversaries and Events in Space Research
Hungary, 10 November 2015

Enceladus has geysers of water ice and vapour
Visions of the Universe
United Kingdom, 11 February 2020

07 January 2022


...2022 is the best year of your life!

Postcard sent by Bryon.

Artwork by Lie (Spain). It says "Happy New Year", too!