23 September 2018
16 September 2018
designer: Mari Kaarma
Over the past 20 years, the tiny country of Estonia puts out an excellent, and exhaustive, array of stamps for folk costumes of its various regions. these are all done by Mari Kaarma, whose mother was a fashion designer and his father a furniture designer.
for the letter E - Estonia
(I am still away on holidays, so please excuse my absence to your posts until I return next week!)
09 September 2018
These are also known as parasol mushrooms and are found in all kinds of wooded areas with subspecies in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa. Apparently it is very tasty. But, only the caps are edible.
for the letter D - Djbouti
02 September 2018
2014, Czech Republic, My Own Stamps
Z = international rate
designers: Jaroslav and Michal Weigel
Jara Cimrman ... creator of the world's first round stamp
according to Ceska Post:
As a teacher in the Galician village of Nipple, Jara Cimrman met a local postmaster's daughter, Erika, T. who soon became his girlfriend and also the recorder of his ideas and principles. We know from Erika T's records that Jara Cimrman presented to the Austrian Imperial and Royal Post Office his plan of using field artillery for delivery of express mail. This innovative plan had the benefit of delivery within seconds to a given address. The disadvantage was that it also reduced the number of addresses. The plan was cancelled at the request of the Galician people. Inspired by the round postmark, Cimrman also designed a round postage stamp for these express consignments.
This is obviously not true as Jara Cimrman is a fictional character who spent his life in tireless pursuit of many disciplines. He is described as a "universal genius, inventor, sportsman, philosopher, criminologist, writer and philosopher". He first made an appearance on a radio show in 1966 and became an immensely popular Czech national hero.
His wikipedia page (which records some of his exploits) is here
for the letter C - Czech Republic, Cimrman
26 August 2018
19 August 2018
artist: Elise Martinson
The first bush babies series of stamps featured marsupials. He is sitting with a backdrop of golden wattle, waratah (a protea type plant that is also the emblem of NSW) and flowering gums. His flying friend is a cicada (which have certainly been sending a loud chorus around my neighbourhood these last few weeks!)
for the letter A - Australia
12 August 2018
engraved by Claude Durrens
Emile Zola was a French novelist, critic and political activist. In 1898 he wrote a letter to a newspaper under the headline 'J'Accuse' where he accused the French Army of covering up its mistaken conviction of Alfred Dreyfus and acquitting Ferdinand Esterhazy on the orders of the Ministry of War. He gained a few enemies in the sharply divided country over the Dreyfus Affair and on his death by carbon monoxide poisoning was considered suspicious. (read about it here)
for the letter Z - Zola