vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world

31 January 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 59

2014, Finland

A bridge over a snowy river with a low winter sun. Other than that, I could find no information about this stamp.

for winter scenes

24 January 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 58

2008, Russia,  7 rubles,
women's bicycle B-22, 1954
designed by V Beltyukov

The others in the set of four stamps for a history of Russian bicycles were from 1917, 1938, 1946.
This is the only one that is a women's bicycle.

for cycles

17 January 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 57

1978 USA wildlife from Canada/US border
CAPEX (Canadian Association for Philiatelic Exhibitions)
designed by Stanley Galli

Mallards are the most widespread and abundant duck in North America and are particularly plentiful in city and suburban parks where they can be very tame. They are a dabbling duck and are known for hybridizing with other dabblers. The standard duck 'quack' is the sound of a female mallard.

for water birds

10 January 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 56

1966, Spain F.N.M.T. (Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - the Royal Mint)
one of a series from Castles of Spain
1 peseta

The Alcázar de Segovia started of as an Arab fort and has served as a royal palace, a state prison, an artillery college, and a military college. It is now a museum. Throughout the Middle Ages it was a favourite residence of the Castilian monarchs. Phillip II was married here and rumour has it Walt Disney used it as his inspiration for Cinderella's castle.
for castles or palaces

03 January 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 55

1974, commemorative stamp "Bridges and Rivers of Lesotho"

The Tsoelike Suspension Bridge was built in 1930 by the same company that built many of the most famous bridges in the UK, and the only one outside the UK,  Sir William Arrol & Co. based in Glasgow. It is still in use.

for bridges