Sent by John (the UK).
14 August 2017
12 August 2017
10 August 2017
These postcards were received before the summer... but I thought they are very summery! (This is a scheduled post, and I hope I will be swimming in the sea while you read this...)
The Thanksgiving Sculpture (also referred as The Beacon of Hope), the City Hall Belfast, and The Big Fish with one of the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes in the background, The outer skin of the fish is a cladding of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast.
Folded card sent by Phillip. I know, I know... whales are not fishes!
08 August 2017
For snail mail lovers, one good thing about travelling to Rome is that you can just cross St. Peter's Square and be in a different country: the Vatican, the smallest state in the world. Its Philatelic and Numismatic Office issues its own stamps. Another good thing is that you can take pictures of all the post offices (and maybe all the mail boxes) in one day. Actually, in less than one hour.
This is a tiny post office in St. Peter's Square. I saw it after working time. It seemed too small to have so many mail boxes outside...
I just like the colour of that yellow-orange mail boxes (and phones!):
But, actually, I didn't use any of those. I bought my stamps and post the cards in the other office, inside the museums. Photographs to the counter weren't allowed. So I just took pictures of that mail box that looked like a wardrobe, didn't it?
I am sorry that I couldn't send more postcards from there.
Because they are something special. And they arrived quickly and with perfect cancellations!
|(One of the postcards I sent)|
The blue one is an historic mail boxes that I spotted inside the Philatelic and Numismatic Museum. I thought it was no longer working. Then, I read on the website: "The historic post boxes dispersed in various key points throughout the Museums are still in perfect working order".
05 August 2017
Letter sent by Philippe (France). I guess that the picture doesn't give the idea of the beauty of this hand-painted envelope.
The stamp, issued on 27 April 2017, is about the Concours Lépine, This is a French competition for inventors created in 1901 by Louis Lépine. It was originally intended to encourage small toy and hardware manufacturers, but over the years it has grown into an annual event that includes a multitude of innovative ideas.
L'épine means 'the thorn'... And, as you can see on the envelope, this original rose won the first prize. Another clever pun!
03 August 2017
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31 July 2017
30 July 2017
Today's theme is Sunday Stamps- II is Stars or Moon or Planets. I am sure you had seen this stamp before:
But I had to show you how perfect it looks combined with the reused page of a calendar as envelope, and a rocket mail label! It was sent by Phillip (the USA). You can see more creative uses of this stamp on Phillip's blog.
29 July 2017
A bunch of postcards of Rye sent by my friend Laura (the UK):
|Church of St Mary the Virgin dating from 1150,|
and its graveyard (And that pink old house!)
|Ypres Tower & Gun Garden|
|Lamb House (18th century)|
Henry James and E.F. Benson lived here
|Mermaid Corner Tea Rooms in Mermaid Street|
(Included in my album of mermaids, of course!)
|Rye town model (made by a coupe of retired teachers!)|
|The cobbles Tea Room|
28 July 2017
27 July 2017
|Euston Station: Loading the Travelling Post Office|
Grace Golden (1948)
The Postal Museum of London (the UK) is opening tomorrow. I have been so lucky that I have already received one of the postcards they sell! With a matching stamp (or Post & Go labels, as they call these):
Actually, I have received a lot of them lately, all with mail-related themes:
26 July 2017
Machado is buried in the little village of Collioure and his grave is visited every year for lots of people. I was there last summer, even if visiting cemeteries isn't a habit of mine. It seems that there are always fresh flowers, and poems, and... letters. The box on the tomb caught my attention. Because... Who pick up the letters addressed to Machado?