20 July 2017

Swimming Pools on Stamps

This should be an essential topic for all the postal administrations every summer...

19 July 2017

Dear Friend

Dear Friend is a letter-writing project celebrating women in public life and struggles for liberation. It is based in Manchester (the UK), and this is how it works:
Write a letter to support a woman who inspired you or who made a difference in an area of equality: such as the fight against slavery; racial discrimination; or the ongoing fight for peace.
We'll digitise and transcribe it, put it on the website, and help raise the profile of whoever you think we need to celebrate. You can write anything from a postcard to a full letter, and hand-write it or type it.
How to contribute?

18 July 2017

Mooi Nederland

Stationsplein ('Station Square') in Utrecht

Het Binnenhof, in The Hague
(What is a hof?)

Rijksmuseum, in Amsterdam

Postcards and matching stamps (How nice is that?) sent by Heleen

16 July 2017

2017 Europa Stamps Competition

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps - II is Statues or Monuments. I thought immediately in castles, because this is the theme of the 2017 EUROPA Stamp Competition.

I have received only the beautiful Dutch castles so far. The 10-stamp sheetlet contains two stamp varieties and was designed by Hague-based graphic designer Bart de Haas. It features images of two Dutch moated castles, Doornenburg and Ammersoyen

Here you can view the rest and vote for you favourite until 9 September. It is quite difficult to choose only one!

15 July 2017

The Mountains or the Sea?

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK). This is Errigal Mountain in "the rugged and beautiful" County of Donegal. With a scratch that I thought was part of the picture, at first sight.

Mama's Beach, by Jan Kasprzycki. The real beach is on Maui's North Shore. This is another postcard that arrived thanks to the #AtoZChallenge. It arrived just two days after someone from Maui commented on the blog. It is my second postcard from Hawaii (but actually this was sent from Canada, by Rosemary).

But it is more likely that I visit the Mediterranean Sea, like on this postcard of the Costa Brava sent by Mom. Beautiful beaches near home! 

14 July 2017

14 Juillet

Ts envelope to Philippe (France) is my first attempt of sending mail related to the French National Day or Bastille Day, celebrated on 14 July. I tried even to find a French-like stamp: it is not a Gallic rooster, but it is a rooster! I must say that the result was more naïf that I expected.

10 July 2017

09 July 2017

Aerial Views

Some Aerial Views for Sunday Stamps-II, received from the UK (British Coastlines set, 2002) and the USA (Earthscapes set, 2012). 

08 July 2017

Yellow Bear

Letter sent to Laura (the UK). The template for the envelope was Naomi's, I just added some colour.

Naomi Loves is one of my favourite snail-mail related sites. If you subscribe to her newsletter, you get free monthly mail art templates like this, and lots of snail mail ideas.)

07 July 2017

How Can You Not Love Letters?

«How can you not love letters? I have boxes of old letters -and every so often I take them out, unfold them and re-read them. They remind me of the person I once was; the loves and losses I have suffered over the years; my own personal history captured in ink. »

Liz Williams, Kind Regards: The Lost Art of Letter Writing

06 July 2017

Tongs vagabondes

Tongs vagabondes is an amazing postal project by the French artist Chantal Bossard. I do not know when it started, or if it is still running. but I found it very inspiring. One day I will send out all those tongs that I find on the beach...

05 July 2017

04 July 2017

A Letter Full of Smurfs!

Sent by Micu (Hungary). The postcard features a church in Třeboň, Czech Republic.

03 July 2017

For Those Days...

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK).

02 July 2017

Repurposing Another Calendar

I have enjoyed another calendar during 2016, with beautiful illustrations of the tea and coffee world (Have you noticed the golden letters). Actually, I have enjoyed it twice: while hanging on my desk room wall, and then, making postcards of it. These are the tea pages:

Moroccan Mint Tea
Sent to Alan (the UK)
This is the letter that arrived without stamp.

Sent to Hanako (Japan)
She published a picture here.

Earl Grey and Green Tea
Sent to John (the UK)

Russian Blend
Sent as Christmas postcard to Eduard & Sonia (Russia)

Published here

Sent to Laura (the UK)

01 July 2017

Reading Slowly

Woman Reading, 1965
Will Barnet
This postcard, also sent by Bryon (the USA), belongs to this post. I had not the time to upload it, as it arrived with certain delay. Exactly: it was sent (and postmarked) on 15 February, and it arrived on 28 June.

30 June 2017

And More Reading People on Postcards

From The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck,1908
Beatrix Potter
Sent by John (the UK)

Hot line, Wiktor Najbor
Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands)

Ivan Khrutsky, In the room, 1855
Sent by 
Eduard (Russia)

David Dubinsky (1920 - 1960)
Illustration Arkadi Gaidar's story
The Blue Cup (1958)
Sent by Eduard (Russia)

*Too ink on the back of the postcard. Besides that, my Russian skills are inexistent...

29 June 2017

Do You Think Postcards Have Magic Powers?

Well, this hadn't. The sender ask it to "break the US > Morocco mail record: 6 days"... And this stubborn postcard took more than two weeks to arrive!

28 June 2017

Reading Women on Postcards

On the Open Sea- The Transatlantic Steamship "Péreire", 1877
by Henry Bacon (1839-1912)

Norman Rockwell Visits a Country School (1946),
by Norman Rockwell.
Saturday Evening Post inside illustration (2 Nov. 1946)

Two Girls Looking at a Book (about 1877)
Winslow Homer

Hotel Room, 1931, Edward Hopper

And in Life's Evening Time, 1920
Advertisement for Edison Mazda Lamps
Illustration by Norman Rockwell

Reading by Lamplight, 1859
James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

The Book, 1875, Will Barnet

The Visitor, c. 1925 
Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl

All these postcards have been sent by Bryon, from the USA and Canada.

27 June 2017

Castles & Walls

Qal'at Al-Bahrain Site Museum
متحف موقع قاعة البحرين
I am very fond of this postcard sent by Nila (Bahrain). Because it is a beautiful view, of course. But also because it is the first piece of mail I have ever got from Bahrain (a new country to the list!), and also because we arranged this swap thanks to the A to Z April Challenge

Laura sent me this postcard from Burgos, Spain, The Arco de San Esteban ('St Stephen's Arch'), built in the 12th century, is one of the twelve gates on the walls of the old city.

The castle of Guadalest, in my country. The postcard was sent by one of my nieces. She wrote that "it is not a real castle, but mostly ruins".

Kasteel Slangenburg

Two more castles sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).