vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world

31 March 2019

Sunday Stamps - F

1989, Great Britain, Food and Farming
illustrated by: Moira Macgregor and Kit Cooper
photography by: Tony Stone 

1989 was the year that Britain decided to focus on all things Food and Farming.  Each stamp focuses on one area: fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, and cereals.

for the letter F - food, farming, first day cover

30 March 2019

Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle is now a National Historic Site but when it was built in 1835, the 40 rooms featured the latest designs of the era including gas lighting and running water. The museum has been restored to the year 1855 when owner Sir Alan MacNab, the first premier of the Canadas was in his prime. The portico and pillars were added in 1855 for his daughter Sophia's wedding.

29 March 2019

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
named for the mountain laurel which blooms along the trail of this 80' waterfall

24 March 2019

Sunday Stamps - E

1990, Germany

October 3rd is the Day of German Unity. This stamp celebrates the day the reunification was formally completed.

for the letter E - Einheit (Unity)

23 March 2019

Casa Loma

Casa Loma Toronto
built between 1911 and 1914 by E.J. Lennox for Sir Henry Pellatt

22 March 2019


V is for Victoria ... vegemite,
artist: Gavin Ryan
2016, Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet

21 March 2019

20 March 2019

19 March 2019

Picturesque Bridge

The Zhivopisny Bridge, Moscow opened in 2007 and spans the Moskva River. 
Under the top of the arch is a dome that was origin ally meant to house a restaurant. 
This plan has since been abandonned

18 March 2019

Jip en Janneke

Jip en Janneke, written by Annie M.G. Schmidt and illustrated by Fiep Westendorp

17 March 2019

Sunday Stamps - D

1968, Singapore, Sword  Dance

Singapore is an island city state which gained independence from Britain in 1963 by joining Malaysia but later, in 1965, separated and formed its own state. For the first few years of independence, stamps in Singapore were interchangeable with Malaya. This sword dance stamp was in the first set of definitives issued in 1968. They were hand painted in photogravure and portrayed traditional dances of the three main ethnic groups.

D for Dance

12 March 2019

cathedral and bell tower

The Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus, built in the centre of Vilnius, consecrated in 1793.

10 March 2019

Sunday Stamps - C

2018, USA
illustrated by John Burgoyne

Meyer lemons are sweeter than true lemons with a taste that is said to have hints of mandarin orange and lime. The fruit tree was originally ornamental both in China and in the US where it was transported by Frank Meyer, an agricultural explorer, who was responsible for collecting new plant species for the US Dept. of Agriculture. How these fruits moved from ornamental to culinary is unclear.
The peak season begins in November and runs to late March ... so get yours now.
Peak season for these definitive stamps will be when postage increases.

for the letter C - citrus / citrus meyeri

04 March 2019

meet up

Tews Falls, Tiffany Falls, Ancaster Old Town Hall,
Darnley Cascade, Tim Hortons Field,

03 March 2019

Sunday Stamps - B

1964, Jamaica

This swallowtail is the largest butterfly in the Western hemisphere with a wingspan of up to 6".  It is now considered critically endangered with only two remaining populations each with a range of 10 sq km. It also features on four other stamps as well as the Jamaican $1000 bill (worth approx £5.90, €6.80. S7.80)

for the letter B - butterfly