Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sunday Stamps #17

We'll close out National Poetry Month (USA anyway) with stamps honoring poetry and/or poets.

I'd like to honor Walt Whitman, who I feel is one of the United States' greatest poets.

He was born on Long Island  NY in 1819, and died in 1892. has a nice short biography and links to some of his well-know poems.  He is known for Leaves of Grass but I like the following excerpt from Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking:

Once Paumanok,
When the lilac-scent was in the air and Fifth-month grass was growing,
Up this seashore in some briers,
Two feather'd guests from Alabama, two together,
And their nest, and four light-green eggs spotted with brown,
And every day the he-bird to and fro near at hand,
And every day the she-bird crouch'd on her nest, silent, with bright eyes,
And every day I, a curious boy, never too close, never disturbing them,
Cautiously peering, absorbing, translating.

Shine! shine! shine!
Pour down your warmth, great sun!
While we bask, we two together.

Two together!
Winds blow south, or winds blow north,
Day come white, or night come black,
Home, or rivers and mountains from home,
Singing all time, minding no time,
While we two keep together.

Join me and share your stamps.

Theme next week (by suggestion): transportation: planes, trains, and automobiles.

Friday, April 29, 2011

PFF - American Patriot postcard

Early postcard of the Statue of Capt. Parker, Lexington Mass.  Mid April is the anniversary of "the shot heard around the world," as some people refer to it.  The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first military engagement of the American Revolutionary War, fought on April 19, 1775.  John Parker captained the Lexington militia  on that day.  There is no known likeness of him however, so a bit of artistic license is involved in this statue.

I'm joining Beth for Postcard Friendship Friday.
Remember: My meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night (USA time). Theme: Poets and Poetry.  You must post by midnight Sunday, USA time.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sunday stamps #16

Today the theme is anything you wish.  I've decided to share this beautiful image by Mucha, on a stamp from the Czech Republic.  There appears to be zodiac in the circle behind the woman.

Happy Sunday Stamps! Link in below, and visit others who are joining us. 

I can't access Mr. Linky today, so I am using Simply Linked as our linky tool.  It's pretty much the same.  You do have to enter your email address, but it will not be displayed.



Theme next week:  In honor of National Poetry Month (April, I'm late), the theme is poets and poetry.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sunday Stamps #15

In which the theme is Easter, or a stamp with a religious topic - any religion.

A little askew on the bed of the scanner!  But it's one of the few religious stamps I have, that does not involve Christmas angels.

A stamp from Monaco, honoring the 100th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate conception of Mary, mother of Jesus.  From Wikipedia: "The Immaculate Conception was solemnly defined as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in his constitution Ineffabilis Deus on 8 December 1854. The Catholic Church teaches that the dogma is supported by Scripture (e.g., Mary's being greeted by the Angel Gabriel as "full of grace") as well as either directly or indirectly by the writings of Church Fathers such as Irenaeus of Lyons and Ambrose of Milan.  Catholic theology maintains that since Jesus became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, it was fitting that she be completely free of sin for expressing her fiat."

Why the date on the stamp is 1858, I really don't know.

Happy Sunday Stamps!  Link in below, and visit others who are joining us.



Theme next week:  Anything you wish.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy PFF: April 15

It's been a long and busy week.  Very busy.  And I don't have any Easter cards that I haven't already published as part of Postcard Friendship Friday. 

So, I will ask you to imagine that you are joining me on Easter Break, and that we are relaxing on the beach.  A gentle breeze is rustling the palms.  A beautiful golden full moon has just risen in the east and moonlight is glistening on the water.  Maybe we are writing postcards to our friends up north.

It's very quiet, but down the path behind us is the hotel beach bar where we can refill our rum punch or margarita glasses.  Enjoy!

Remember: My meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night (USA time). Theme: Easter or religious, any religion.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sunday Stamps #14

It's Spring and I think of flowers.
Sunflowers appear later in the summer of course, but this stamp is so bright and cheerful I wanted to share it today. It is from the Republic of China or Taiwan.  Some of us may remember this island being known as Formosa.

 In the Midwest USA we have had a run of gray rainy weather.  Finally it's sunny and warm today. And this sunflower fits my improved mood.

A question to my readers, regular and irregular:  do you have any suggestions for themes for future Sunday Stamps?  I have some  in mind but would appreciate suggestions of topics I have overlooked.


Theme next week: Easter or religious, any religion.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Postcard Friendship Friday: You and me

Postmarked April 13 1908 (I think) in Lynn Mass., and sent to Reginald Crawford, #810 Vanderbuilt [sic] St. Brooklyn, New York.

Message on the back: "thanks for the valentine it was very pretty.  Mamma has gone to England and I wish you were here with us.  Florence"

I think there is a love story going on here!  Note the labeling of the cherubs on the front.

I'm joining Beth for Postcard Friendship Friday.


Remember: My meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night (USA time). Theme: Any kind of flowers.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sunday Stamps #13

In which I ask you to share anything you wish.  I'll share a stamp I created myself:

It's my avatar for this blog and for Postcrossing, holding down some USA postage.  It is true I paid more that 44 cents each to have this stamp made, but who else has such a stamp? I am happy with how this turned out.

Along the way, zazzle management asked me if this was a photograph of anyone famous, and where I obtained the image.  I imagine they have to worry a lot about copyright infringement.  But no, this is from a photograph that I own, and I do not think she is anyone famous.

Share with us any stamp you wish.  The linky list will be open until Midnight USA Eastern time.



Theme next week: flowers, any flowers.


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