vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world

25 February 2019


received from Russia, 2019

A    B    V    G    D
YE    YO    ZH    Z    E
Y    K    L    M    N
O    P    R    S    T
U    F    H    TS    CH
SH (hard)    SH (soft)    hard sign    I    soft sign
E    YU    YA

24 February 2019

Sunday Stamps - A

The front of the stamp booklet and the First Day Cover for Black History Month 2019
Stamp illustrated by Ron Dollecamp and designed by Andrew Perro

Albert Jackson is shown here wearing a circa 1890 uniform as he delivers mail on his route.
He is thought to have been the first Black letter carrier in Canada in 1882. Born into slavery in the US, he was brought to Canada via the Underground Railroad as an infant.  His position as a letter carrier was threatened when his [white] co-workers refused to train him and he was pushed into a porter's position.. When word spread about the way he was treated, political pressure, especially from the Black community, and intervention from the Prime Minister had him reinstated as a carrier delivering his route in Harbord Village, where a laneway has been named in his honour.

for the letter A - Albert Jackson

21 February 2019

year of the pig

received from Taiwan, 2019
Year of the Pig

This Year of the Pig ends a 60 year cycle in the Chinese calendar.  2019 brings Ji Hai - the Yin Earth Pig.

17 February 2019

Sunday Stamps - Z

1981 Zambia, musical instruments

On the left is a kankobele - a keyboard, on the right is an inshingili - a double headed drum

for the letter Z - Zambia

10 February 2019

Sunday Stamps - Y

1970, Yugoslavia, Europa

This Europa stamp design of a sun woven with 24 stands which represented the 24 CEPT member countries was designed by Irish artist Louis Le Brocquy

for the letter Y - Yugoslavia

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03 February 2019

Sunday Stamps - X

1981, Mexico, Fauna of Mexico
designer: Cesar Rojas

This colourful bird is a Trogon mexicanus, or Mountain Trogon. Its name comes from the Greek trogon which means gnawing or nibbling. This may be a reference to their tendency to gnaw into rotted trees to make their nests. The Mexicanus comes from the first place where it was collected for study. I'm sure it is just a coincidence that its primary colours are also the colours of the Mexican flag. They are also found in Guatemala and Honduras. 

for the letter X - Mexico

the link up 'inlinkz' has made things so overly complicated that I have no idea how it works...
am trying 'Simply Linked' again.
If neither of these work, we may have to resort to linking in the comments section.