30 November 2023

Thursday Postcard Hunt | Celebrities

Very famous (I think) animal characters for today's Postcards Hunt, dedicated to cartoon or funny animals.


The Very Hungry Caterpiller

Nijntje / Miffy

Postcards sent by Bryon (the USA), John and Sarah (the UK).


Thursday Postcard Hunt

November theme: ANIMALS
Everyone is welcome to share their postcards!

29 November 2023

Postcat, Postwhale...

Would you say this is cat mail, whale mail, bird mail...?

Postcard sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).

28 November 2023

Alphabet 2023 | V Is for Verona

V is for Verona in Bryon's postal project Alphabet 2023. On this one, all the stamps but one refers to the state of Virginia.

Virginia Bluebells / Stream Violet

Ratification of the Constitution Bicentennial -
June 25, 1788, Virginia / 
Dark Hollow Falls, Virginia

Battle of the Virginia Capes 1781

27 November 2023

Autumn Mail

Pieces of mail sent by John (the UK), Bryon (Canada), Laura (the UK) and Heleen (the Netherlands), and arrived all together in the middle of this strange Summer-Fall.

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin,
by Beatrix Potter

Six species of mushroom
Illustrated Mushrooms,
by Jean-Jacques Paulet, 1855

26 November 2023

Sunday Stamps | Tea

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Your choice. And, you know: If you let me choose, it is highly likely that I will opt for having a cup of tea --coffee and tisana are welcome, too!

For Special Moments: Have a Nice Day
The Netherlands, 2017

Truly Holland: Porcelain Tea Service
Netherlands, 2023
Medicinal Plants: Matricaria chamomilla
Romania, 2023

American Design: Silver Coffeepot & Toleware Coffeepot
The USA, 2007

25 November 2023

Postbox Saturday | Barcelona (IV)

Plaça de Sants

Carrer de Sants

Carrer de Pau Clarís

Carrer de Sant Fructuós

24 November 2023

Alphabet 2023 | U is for United Nations

The U postcard of the Alphabet 2023 came from the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as you see on the colourful stamps. 

The postal services did not spare postmarks: 27 September, 2 October, 3 October... (?). In any case, it took more than five weeks to arrive.

23 November 2023

Thursday Postcard Hunt | The Writer's Dog

Karl Kraus (1874-1936) was an Austrian writer I knew nothing about until I got this postcard, in August. According to the sender, the quotation reads: "Art is something that is so clear that nobody understands it". 

I have chosen this postcard for today's Thursday Postcard Hunt because of the dog. Then I had a look at my Writers album, and found a second postcard of a writer with his dog: Thomas Carlyle. It seems Carlyle's dog was named Nero. And now I just need to know the name of the dog on the first postcard!


Thursday Postcard Hunt

November theme: ANIMALS
  • Week 1 - In the Wild
  • Week 2 - On the Farm
  • Week 3 - Working
  • Week 4 - Pets
  • Week 5 - Cartoon, funny
Everyone is welcome to share their postcards!

22 November 2023

Alphabet 2023 | T Is for Tullahoma

It is time for T, sent from Tullahoma, Tennessee! As usual, with matching stamps, two of them issued 50 years apart! 
150th anniversary of Tennessee Statehood

Tennessee Statehood Bicentennial
Grotto Falls, Tennessee

Thank you

Actually, thank you, Bryon, for this fab project!

21 November 2023

Five Letters

The rhythm of mail is being erratic this season. For unknown reasons, I suffered from a mail drought last month: no mail at all between 3 and 26 October, when a huge pile of due postcards, letters and magazines landed in my mailbox (mailbag, actually). 

Then, other ten days or so without no mail... And, suddenly, five postcards from the Alphabet 2023 project arrived together, despite of having been sent in the span of several weeks.

I cannot believe only two letters are left!

20 November 2023

Updated Airmail Colours

Envelope sent by Alan (the UK). He toyed with the colours to produce his own airmail envelopes.

19 November 2023

Sunday Stamps | Wright Brothers (and More)

USA, 2003

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, Wright, were American aviation pioneers generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful motor-operated airplane. The Wright Flyer made the first flight on 17 December 1903.

Cyprus, 2021

Today's Sunday Stamps is dedicated to Planes, trains, automobiles. Automobiles are far from being a favourite topic of mine. However, from some reason, every then and now I get a postcard featuring them. Like this one, sent by Eckhard (Germany), through the Postcrossing site:

It is a bit contradictory that it arrived with a railway station stamp on the back, isn't it?
Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz Station, Leipzig (2023)

The stamp belongs to the series Underground Station Architecture, initiated three years ago. I have got two more stamps from it:
Marienplatz Station, Munich (2020)

Überseequartier Station, Hamburg (2021)

18 November 2023

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is held annually every 19th of November since 2013. The 2022 campaign Making the invisible visible explored how inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes and soil, polluting underground water resources. 

As part of the campaign, three stamps were issued. Bryon sent me one of those.

17 November 2023

Wood Postcard

I am not sure you can appreciate it on the picture, but this postcard is made of wood. And quite thin, so I was surprised that it arrived safe and sound after a 4-week travel from the USA (sent by Phillip).

Two of the stamps of the back belong to the Thinking of You sheet, issued in August this year.

It is a curious design, don't you think? According with the USPS site, these are not random illustrations:
The pane of 20 Thinking of You stamps features five unique designs filled with a variety of whimsical images, including flowers, balloons cute animals, sweet treats, and symbols of good luck. Capturing the excitement and delight of receiving a card in the mail meant just for you.
I guess you can fins something you like in every stamp. And I agree: it is a real delight to receive a piece of mail meant just for you!

16 November 2023

Thursday Postcard Hunt | Great A'Tuin

Great A'Tuin is a vast star turtle (of the fictional species Chelys galactica) who travels through the universe, carrying four giant elephants who in turn carry the spinning disc of Discworld. That is... the fictional setting for Terry Pratchett's fantasy novels.

I have recently got this postcard from John (the UK), with matching stamps on its back (from this series). I am adding it to Thursday Postcard Hunt because, honestly... Can you imagine a harder work than carrying the world on your back? 

(Have you read the sentence "Interpret the theme any way you wish", by the way?)


Thursday Postcard Hunt

November theme: ANIMALS
  • Week 1 - In the Wild
  • Week 2 - On the Farm
  • Week 3 - Working
  • Week 4 - Pets
  • Week 5 - Cartoon, funny
Everyone is welcome to share their postcards!

15 November 2023

Food Packaging Turned Into Mail

Front and back of a postcard/letter sent to Bryon (the USA), made of tea packaging.

Back and front of an envelope made for Laura (the UK), made of the wrapping paper of a chocolate bar.

14 November 2023

Madame de La Fayette

Envelope sent by Fabienne (France), made out of a magazine page (dealing with postcards). 

Among some old but interesting stamps, a recent one. It was issued on 19 May 2023, and dedicated to Madame de La Fayette, who holds in her hands her novel La Princesse de Clèves.