Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas!


Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
The postcard features the Edwardian actress, Miss Ethel Oliver.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Sunday stamps

I had been hoping for an excuse to post the whole of this set - 50 years of children's tv - so the fantasy theme fits nicely.  I posted a couple from this set some months back - Sooty and Stingray, but at that time I didn't have the set, and now I do. (Click the image to view larger size).


So we have Muffin the Mule, Harry Corbett and Sooty, Stingray, the Clangers and Dangermouse.

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Sunday stamps

Some more Christmas mail, this time aerogrammes from 1968 and 1969.  I confess that I have never bought or written an aerogramme.





Then this FDC is of the 1977 Xmas set of the 12 days of Christmas (which Bob showed last week), the person who sent this one went to a lot of trouble to make it that little bit different by using pairs of stamps.


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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Sunday stamps


According to wiki the USA first issued Xmas-themed stamps in 1962, I don't have that one, but I do have the above from 1963.  GB didn't issue Xmas-themed stamps until 1966.  

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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sunday stamps

It may look like I'm getting the Christmas stamps started a week early, but these stamps from Malta from 1967 and 1968 were perfect for the 'unusually-shaped' theme.


I'm not sure how these 'stable-shaped' stamps were arranged on a sheet, I think it might work with the second row of stamps inverted.


As for size, the Soviet Union often issued large stamps, these 2 are from 1987 from a set to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the revolution.


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Friday, 29 November 2013

a stamp from 1937

Back in October, I posted a postcard of the Paris Exposition Internationale of 1937 showing the German and Russian pavillions.  Well while I was looking through some stamps, I found a Russian stamp and thought I recognise that building . . . 




Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of singers, I have a stamp which I have posted before, but as it was over 2 years ago, I thought it wouldn't hurt to post again . . .  Marlene Dietrich (wiki link).  The stamp was issued in August 1997.
One of my favourite singers, here's a link to 'Lili Marlene' and 'Sag mir wo die Blumen sind'.


I didn't find many singers while browsing through my stamps, so stretching the theme a little, I did find the conductor, Toscanini (wiki link).


And now really stretching theme to a song (rather than a singer), here's Davy Crockett.  (link)


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Monday, 11 November 2013

remembering . . .


an unknown soldier and his wife.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of boats and ships, I have the Mayflower. (wiki link)

The cover below commemorates the 350th anniversary of the sailing, with a special cancellation for that date.


The stamp was actually issued on April 1 1970 as part of a set of anniversaries.



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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of Artic or Antarctic, I have 2 stamps - firstly this one issued by Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island, although part of the Commonwealth of Australia, has issued its own stamps since 1947.  It has actually had a post office since 1832. (wiki link).


Next a stamp from the USA issued in 1959, commemorating 50 years of Arctic exploration.



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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Paris Exposition Internationale


Another postcard from the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris.  This one shows the Swiss and Italian Pavilions, and is not so dramatic as the other postcard I have of the exhibition.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday stamps


My choice for this week's free theme is prompted by a story in the news this week about the head of a tattooed Maori Warrior, found in storage in a university in Birmingham, being ceremoniously returned to New Zealand (link to story).

The stamp (above) was one of the definitives issued between 1970 and 1976.  Two more stamps from the same series featuring Maori items are below.
(btw if the theme tattooed comes up, I shall have to post this stamp again :) ).



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Saturday, 19 October 2013

The Paris Exposition Internationale


Postcard of the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris.
The exhibition of 1937 was the last of the 5 international exhibitions in Paris (the others being in 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889 and 1900).  The exhibition opened on 25 May 1937 and ran until the November of that year.
Interesting in this postcard is the German pavillion on the left directly facing the Russian pavillion on the right.

Friday, 18 October 2013

the climber


Climber unknown, location Kern Knotts in the Lake District, date October 1957.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

among the spires

I'm not sure if this might be Notre Dame (Paris).

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

sheep


Cwm Mynach valley.  Date unknown.  Timeless.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sunday stamp(s)


For this week's theme of cars, this 6d stamp from September 1966 was one of a set of 4 celebrating British Technology.  This was the only one in the set to feature cars (the others were Jodrell Bank, a hovercraft and Windscale).
I wish whoever collected this had left it on the envelope, from what remains the cancellation would have been interesting.

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

St Marks, Venice


Snapshot taken in 1950.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Cortina


Relaxing at a cafe in Italy in 1950.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

a rural scene


Probably near Bolzano (Italy) as this picture is near the snap of Belzano in the album.  From a holiday taken in 1950.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

in northern Italy


 in 1950.  Selling soles.  That might be a railway crossing barrier in the background.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Belzano


Another snapshot from the 1950 tour visiting Switzerland and Italy. Written as 'Belzano' on the album page, I think this is 'Bolzano'  (wiki link).

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sunday stamps

I'm back into my accumulation of Egyptian stamps and covers for this week's theme of industry. This set on the FDC are for transportation and communication, which broadly speaking can fit with an industrial theme, and were issued on 23 July 1959 to commemorate 7 years since the revolution of 1952 (when King Farouk was overthrown). 


A keen eye will notice the typo on the FDC, which was probably quite common and most likely doesn't increase the value at all.


I like the design of the special first day cancellation, V in Arabic is the number 7.


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Saturday, 5 October 2013

. . .


Maybe in Switzerland, maybe in Italy, in 1950.  As one of the signs on the hotel is 'Konditorei' (cake shop), then maybe they travelled into Austria too.

Friday, 4 October 2013

on top of the world


Taken in the Dolomites in 1950.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Dolomites


The tour arrives in Italy.
I'm not sure that a b&w snapshot captures how spectacular it must have been, although even such a small picture is quite dramatic.
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