22 May 2018

From Japanese Islands


Ania sent me more postcards from the long trip that took her to Japan, among other countries. The postcard above shows Yoron Island. It is a very tiny island (only 23 km²), "with crystal clear waters, sandy beaches (that are usually empty now), green hills and very friendly people", Ania says. She suggests I would like there... but who wouldn't?

The shīsā lion-dog usually guard the entrance of shrines around Japan. But, in Okinawa, they have become a symbol and are everywhere. Even in the form of a mailbox!

21 May 2018

Bright Stamps!


I received this nicely stamped (and postmarked) envelope from Heleen (the Netherlands). Then, I remembered that I have already received part of this set of stamps, issued in 2003:


Its title is Kind en Kultuur ('Child and Culture'). I found on the Internet a picture of the complete set. How cheerful is it?

20 May 2018

Women on Stamps | Nunavut


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the country, Canada Post issued a very special set of leaf-shaped stamps,  dedicated to 10 unforgettable moments and achievements from the last 50 years.

One of the stamps commemorate the creation of the territory of Nunavut on 1 April 1999, after a decades-long struggle of the Inuit people (The whole story here). The stamp features the image of Leah Ejangiaq Kines, photographed by her husband Clare Kines, both of Arctic Bay.



(Update: I have just realised that I had already uploaded these stamps to the blog, along from others from the same set!)
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For the new edition of Sunday Stamps-II A to Z, I have decided to show some of the stamps I have got on letters and postcards, related to one topic: women. This is the post for the letter N.

More women on stamps.

19 May 2018

Envelopes Made of Posters

Sent to Eva (Germany)

Sent to Rosemary (Canada)
Illustration by Pilar Campos

Sent by Bryon (the USA)
Actually, this is the whole poster (folded),
featuring all the USPS 2017 postage stamps

18 May 2018

Moroccan Men

On this postcard, two men are dressed in one of the traditional costumes you usually see in the north of Morocco, mostly in the mountains, but also in the city I live in (especially in festive days). The postcard shows the touristy city of Chefchaouen, not far away from my home.

I think this is only the third postcard from Morocco I have ever got by post.



This one came from an exhibition in Spain. It is a painting by Catalan artist Marià Fortuny (1838-1874). He travelled to Morocco and some of his works are inspired in this country, like this one from 1869: Un marroquí ('A Moroccan man').

Postcards sent by Mercé and Bruno (Morocco & PC). 

I added the post to Maria's link Postcards for the Weekend, that is dedicated this week to Costumes.

17 May 2018

Contains No Live Animals


I guess that the post workers could rest easier when they learned that this envelope sent by John (the UK) contained no live animals, and no snails were harmed in the making of it. Me too!

On the contrary, a lot of paper animals, safe and sound, arrived with it: the happy green snail mail, some fishes on the stamps, and some stickers on the back. 

16 May 2018

15 May 2018

The Older the Fiddle...


The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune is an old Irish proverb used in many parts of Ireland to express how older age brings much greater experience.

I received these postcards for my birthday. I guess it can apply also to the blog anniversary (7th!), can it? So...


Sent by Laura (the UK) and Eva (Germany).

14 May 2018

HitM | 3D Home


Inside this recycled paper bag, Micu (Hungary) sent a quite original three-dimensional house for the project Houses in the Mail. I don't know how to take nice pictures of this dream house, made of new and repurposed materials. So I will show you how it look closed...



And how to open it...


And the whole house (If I mount it, there is a room I can't see!)


And now, if you feel curious... Come inside!

13 May 2018

Women on Stamps | Music Icons

One USPS series I love is Music Icons, that started back in 2013. I think I have received most of the stamps, and I find their design superb in general.

The fist issue honoured Lydia Mendoza, on 15 May 2013, a greater star of Tejano music.


 
On 8 August 2014 was released the stamp dedicated to the rock singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970).


And on 29 September 2016 the stamp dedicated to Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990), nicknamed The Divine One, was issued. (More information about this stamp)



But this wasn't the first time the US Postal Service issued music stamps. The Legends of American Music series began in 1993. I have received two from this series:

Issued on 17 September 1994, and dedicated to the Jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959).


On 11 September 1996 they dedicated a stamp to Dorothy Fields (1905-1974), and American librettist and lyricist, who wrote more than 400 songs for Broadway and films.



From Canada, I have recently got two stamps belonging to the 6-stamps series Canadian Country Artists, released on 31 July 2014. Renée Martel (born in 1947) and Shania Twain (born in 1965) are the two women honoured by this issue.




And just to add another country and another completely different music style, let me show the Portuguese stamp dedicated to Hermínia Silva (1907-1993), from a 2011 series (Another stamps set dedicated to fado appeared one year later.)

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For the new edition of Sunday Stamps-II A to Z, I have decided to show some of the stamps I have got on letters and postcards, related to one topic: women. This is the post for the letter M.

More women on stamps.

12 May 2018

HitM | Stone House


This is the second contribution of Debb to the Houses in the Mail project (see here the first one). The title of her painting is Stone house in Benton (Eastern Sierra, California, the USA). 

Two of the stamps on the back depict two historical houses I had never heard about: Gropius House (in Lincoln, Massachusetts) and Decatur House (in Washington, D.C.).

11 May 2018

Fruits from the Ancient World

Two nice additions to my Ancient Rome and the Greece albums:

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK). This is a detail of the famous Dionysos mosaic (c.AD 220-230), that she had the chance to see in the Römisch-Germanisches Museum of Cologne (Germany).


Postcard sent by Gian Luca (Italy), with a quotation of the Ancient Greek poet Pindar (Πίνδαρος, c. 522 – c. 443 BC). Two translations that I found (although they don't mention the fruits on the picture):
Do not yearn, O my soul, for immortal life! Use to the utmost the skill that is yours.
Seek not, my soul, immortal life, but make the most of the resources that are within your reach.
This week theme in Maria's link Postcards for the Weekend is handicraft / artwork. I think that the first postcard fits in. 

10 May 2018

HitM | In Amsterdam


Traditional houses in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), that I received by Linda, through Postcrossing. The same day, another postcard arrived with this matching stamp:


And even another version of the same style houses arrived later from Micu (Hungary)!

09 May 2018

Have an Ice Day


Envelope sent to Micu (Hungary). Obviously, I drew this on on a cold (spring!) day...

08 May 2018

New Mail Labels

Official

Finland
Finland

Hungary


Non-official

Germany

Germany

Japan

Russia

South Korea

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom



United States