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!)
1967, France, Famous People
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)
This 1¢ Grassland Finch was the first of 17 definitives issued in 1979. They have been found in Barbados since around 1960 and are known locally as Grass Canaries. Its colouring ranges from bright yellow underparts to olive yellow upperparts (males) to dull yellow underparts and pale brown upperparts (females). They are protected by law in Barbados, yet are still poached for pets.