23 September 2018

Sunday Stamps - F

2018    France    Métiers d'art
designer: Florence Gendre
engraving: Pierre Albuisson

Another in France's series of stamps devoted to crafts, this one celebrating leather goods (maroquinier).

For the letter F - France



16 September 2018

Sunday Stamps - 'E'

2011, Estonia, Folk Costumes
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

Sunday Stamps - D

1987, Djbouti

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

Sunday Stamps C

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

Sunday Stamps - B

2012, Belarus, definitive
Belarusian ornament
artist: Yauheniya Biadonik

The M is equal to the tariff for an international postcard. 
The design is of an embroidered ornamental pattern.

for the letter B - Belarus


19 August 2018

Sunday Stamps - A

2011 - Australia - Bush Babies Series
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

Sunday Stamps - 'Z'

1967, France, Famous People
Emile Zola
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