vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world

25 April 2021


In 1957 this set of hunting, fishing, skiing and swimming stamps were issued for the four seasons of recreational sports.  I like the swimmer the best - for her smile as much as the waves. the series was called Canada - all seasons playground and designed by Laurence Hyde. It is interesting that the CANADA is in a different (though similar) typeface for each stamp.

for Sunday Stamps - sports


18 April 2021


Brock's Monument can be found at Queenston Heights, Ontario (near Niagara Falls) underneath which lie his remains. He was killed by a gunshot wound to his chest in battle during the War of 1812. This stamp was issued in 1969 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Sir Isaac Brock's birth in Guernsey. The imposing monument stands at 185'

for Sunday Stamps - statues, memorials

11 April 2021

air mail

There was a time when the post travelled by balloon

In 1955 France issued a stamp to commemorate 85 years of airmail service. 

In 1870 during the Siege of Paris a balloon could fly higher than the range of enemy rifles thus allowing Gaston Tissandier, a chemist and ballooning pioneer, to deliver 175 lbs of mail. There is an English translation of his writing of the flight and efforts to deliver 30,000 letters from the people of Paris.

for Sunday Stamps - air travel

04 April 2021

bountiful tree

A semi-postal stamp from 2020 for the Canada Post Community Foundation features a 'diverse community of animals living peacefully in a bountiful tree' (artist Isabelle Arseneault). It may not exactly be a spring theme, but now is the time when we start seeing more animals about and it does remind me of us all emerging from our winter homes to play. Of course only these ones are able to get so close as they share stories of their months of isolation from each other...

for Sunday Stamps - spring, flowers, or Easter