Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunday Stamps #12

It's Spring - at least the calendar says so.

These older stamps from Poland came from a lot I purchased on ebay.  The trees shown are pear (on the left) and cherry (on the right).  Thank you to Google translate to help me translate the Polish!  I certainly didn't recognize the latin species names.

The sun is shining but it is cold here in the midwest of  the USA.  At least the snow is gone, and the daffodils are up, though not quite blooming.  It will be awhile until my ornammental pear tree and crabapple tree  in the yard bloom.  There is still snow in some parts of the USA and Canada.  Take heart though, April is almost here.

Share with us your Spring stamps - they don't have to be flowers.  If you are in the Southern hemisphere, Fall stamps are appropriate too.  The linky list will be open until Midnight USA Eastern time.



Theme next week:  anything you wish.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Postcard Friendship Friday: St. Pete, FL

It's turned cold again in the Midwest, so it's back down to Florida.

A lovely linen card of Spa Beach and Vinoy Park Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida.  Those adults in the middle of the card better get out of their Northern duds and into their bathing suits!

Unused.  On the back, the card reads that it was published by "Rutland's Dept. Store, St. Petersburg's Best Dept. Store."  Rutland's is not in business anymore.  However, the Vinoy Park is going strong.  Built in 1923, renovated in 1992, "today the Vinoy is still the only luxury resort on Florida’s west coast."

I'm joining Beth for Postcard Friendship Friday.


Remember: My meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night (USA time). Theme: Spring.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sunday Stamps #11

And after setting the theme to be Irish stamps, green stamps, etc., I find I don't HAVE any stamps from Ireland!
This Stork -billed Kingfisher will have to do.

A stamp from Singapore, which came to me on a Postcrossing Postcard.   From Wikipedia: "The Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pelargopsis capensis (formerly Halcyon capensis), is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in tropical south Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia. This kingfisher is essentially resident throughout its range.  This is a very large kingfisher, 35 cm in length. The adult has a green back, blue wings and tail, and grey head. Its underparts and neck are buff. The very large bill and legs are bright red. The flight of the Stork-billed Kingfisher is laboured and flapping, but direct."

They are not common, but not considered endangered.


Theme next week:  Spring!!! If you are in the Antipodes:  Fall!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Postcard Friendship Friday - in Cleveland

Look out ladies that water may be cold!

A group of ladies about to boating at Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland Ohio.
I'm intrigued by the boat perched on the end of the dock.  How did it get there?

Euclid Beach Park operated from 1895 to 1969 and it's an interesting history.  Euclid Beach Park Now is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory of Cleveland, Ohio's most famous amusement park. It was a family oriented place for many of its years of operation.  Apparently it had many amazing rides including  carousels and frightening looking roller coasters.

I'm joining Beth for Postcard Friendship Friday.


Remember: My meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night (USA time).  Theme: stamps from Ireland, green stamps, shamrock stamps, stamps with Irish people on them. . .

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sunday Stamps #10

Wow, we are up to week #10!!!!

Theme this week:  Anything you wish.  The stamp above just arrived to my house on a postcard from Latvia Lithuania. I think this is a Christmas stamp, but no matter.  I'd like to share it with you today.

I keep thinking about the earthquake in Japan, and obsessively check the US Geological Survey EQ web page for aftershocks (some have been considerable in size) and the news for more information.  It is shocking and sad, and my thoughts are with them.  As bad as it is, the damage isn't worse because they have good building codes in Japan.  remember the initial 8.9 earthquake was one of the top 10 earthquakes ever measured, in magnitude.  the magnitude scale is logarithmic, so that a mag 8 earthquake is 10 times more shaking and 30 times more energy released than a mag 7 earthquake.

I think this stamp reminds us we all share one world.

Please join in, sharing any stamp you wish.


Theme next week: stamps from Ireland, green stamps, shamrock stamps, stamps with Irish people on them. . .

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sunday Stamps #9

This week the theme is children's artwork on stamps.  Above is a stamp from the Soviet Union (vintage by definition!) with the kind of artwork I mean.  This seems to be a common enough theme across different countries.  I wish I could read the Russian in this stamp!
Below:  I think this yellow creature is a favorite of millions and millions of children.  This came to me on a recent Postcrossing postcard.  Hello Pikachu!  And this stamp is issued for the Japan World Stamp Exhibition, to be held July 28 – August 2, 2011 in Yokohama.
 The USA has issued Disney stamps in the past.  I just don't happen to have any right now.   I'm looking forward to the stamps this week's participants will share.

Join in, and take a moment to visit the other participants this week.  I am posting a little early, in a slight lull while the children seem to be behaving.

Theme next week:  Anything you wish.  Maybe you have Mardi Gras or Carnivale stamps?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy PFF: Post-hurricane Postcard from Florida

Linen postcard, sent to Mr. Roger B. Pierce of Worcester Mass.  Postmarked West Palm Beach Sept. 28, 1947.

"Hope this card is not a duplicate of one I sent before.  It will be a long while yet before I can recover from the hurricane.  They can't even get around to make an estimate on my roof for weeks.  Agnes."

Agnes had just been through one of the strongest hurricanes of the 1940's, that made landfall near Fort Lauderdale, FL. According to Wikipedia, "The storm made landfall on September 17 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a strong Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph (250 km/h). Winds of hurricane force extended out roughly 120 miles (195 km) from the center in all directions."  The hurricane weakened as it crossed the state but survived to move across the Gulf of Mexico and threaten New Orleans with 110 mph wind gusts.  51 people were killed by this unnamed hurricane.

This tropical cyclone is one of only five hurricanes to make landfall on the United States with maximum sustained winds of at least 155 mph (250 km/h).  The next one would be... Hurricane Andrew.  Yet this unnamed storm is largely forgotten today.

Thank you Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday!

Remember: My meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night (USA time)
Theme: Children's artwork on stamps, or stamps that would appeal to children (cartoons!)


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