16 October 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 96

2005, Russia, gastronomy
designer: V Larichkin

For 2005, the Europa theme was gastronomy and Russia chose to showcase a typical feast that includes a samovar with tea, a stack of blinis (pancakes) and pots of caviar. A samovar is a metal container with a spigot at the bottom and is used to heat water usually for tea. These are usually quite ornate and the older ones are prized for their workmanship. Blinis are thin, light pancakes often served covered with butter, sour cream, honey, or caviar. Blinis are often served for celebrations.

for foods of the world

09 October 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 95

1990, Canada for Canada Post Corporation

This is how the Canada Post delivery vans looked in the late 1980s and 1990s. The Post Office department was known as Royal Mail Canada from 1867 until the late 1960s when it was rebranded as Canada Post. The short from of the official name was known as Poste Mail in Quebec and Mail Poste in English Canada, although now it is Canada Post (English) and Postes Canada (French). Canada Post delivers to a larger area than the postal service of any other country in the world. In 2014, a controversial plan to phase out door-to-door delivery was initiated, although already any subdivisions built after 1985 were having to go to 'community mailboxes' to pick up their mail.

for postal related

02 October 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 94

1978, Rwanda

Chrysococcyx cupreus, more commonly known as the African Emerald cuckoo. It lives across most of sub-Saharan Africa and is not in any threat of decline. It's song is a slurred whistle sounding like "hello Ju-dy"

for birds

25 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 93

1950s, definitive Netherlands Antilles
Queen Juliana

The Dutch Antilles was established as a country in 1954 and was dissolved in 2010. It was a former constituent country of The Netherlands though all the islands that formed the Netherlands Antilles remain part of the Netherlands, but the legal status of each island differs. This stamp shows Queen Juliana, who of course, comes from the House of Orange. She reigned from 1948 - 1980.

for orange or yellow

I will be away for the this Sunday and next, so will catch up with you all in October!
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18 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 92

1962, Gabon, fruits

Gabon is a small country on the west coast of Central Africa which gained independence from France in 1960. This triangular stamp of a mango is one of a series of ten fruit stamps issued in 1962. The mango tree is one of the most cultivated fruits in tropical and subtropical areas.

for fruits and nuts

11 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 91

1969, Territoire Francais des Afar et Issas (Djibouti)

Between 1967 and 1977 what is now known as Djibouti was called The French Territory of Afars and Issas. It lies on the Gulf of Aden near the gateway to the Suez Canal and borders Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. The Mosque was built in 1906 by Hadji Hamoudi, an Arab businessman, and can hold up to 1,000 worshipers. It is considered one of the most iconic structures of Djibouti City.

for worshipful places

04 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 90

2014, Germany, 1250th Anniversary of Kloster Lorsch

In 1991, this ruined abbey in Lorsch was made a Unesco World Heritage Site. It was founded in 764, by Count Cancor and later given to Charlemagne who turned it into a Royal Abbey. The Köningshalle (King's Hall) is all that remains and is one of the rare examples of Carolingian architecture that is still standing. The Benedictine abbey was the centre of power, spirituality and culture in the Holy Roman Empire until the High Middle Ages and once housed one of the largest libraries of the Middle Ages. It was also a renowned healing place of its time with the Lorsch Pharmacopaeia, dating from the 8th C, as the beginning of modern medicine.

for commemorative stamps