Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sunday Stamps # 173

Sunday stamps is going up a bit late tonight because I am just back from a house-warming party. It was a beautiful evening and a fun time.
Theme this week; Music and musical instruments.

My first contribution is this stamp from Austria.  My next selection is a stamp from Lietuva (Lithuania):

This one features the birbyne, a reeded intrument from Lithuania, and the kankles, a plucked string instrument, somewhat like a zither.  Both are new to me.  As this is a Europa stamp, I think there are other musical instrument stamps out there, from other countries.

Please  interpret this theme widely, and join me this week.  I have been very busy and unable to visit most entries last week, so I am going to do double the work this week!
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Theme next week: airplanes and air transport.
Theme week after that: Circus, clowns, or fun fairs, interpreted broadly.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sunday Stamps # 172

This is a long Holiday weekend in the USA. I wonder if many people remember the real reason for the holiday. Now it seems like the opening weekend for summer.

I am readying this post on Thursday night before I and my family take off too on a road trip in grand American tradition.  We are traveling to a fine eastern institution of higher education to see my nephew graduate from college.  Hurrah for him!

This post will be up on Saturday afternoon.  Our theme: Share a stamp commemorating a person or event worth remembering.

An image from the US Postal Service:

From the USPS web page for this stamp:

"The War of 1812, sometimes called "the forgotten conflict," was a two-and-a-half-year confrontation with Great Britain that brought the United States to the verge of bankruptcy and disunion. 

The stamp's subject for the second year of the war is the Battle of Lake Erie, which took place on September 10, 1813. For the stamp design, the Postal Service selected William Henry Powell's famous painting, Battle of Lake Erie. The oil-on-canvas painting, completed in 1873, was commissioned by the U.S. Congress and placed at the head of the east stairway in the Senate wing of the Capitol. It depicts Oliver Hazard Perry in the small boat he used to transfer from his ruined flagship, the Lawrence, to the Niagara.

To evoke the times, the color and texture of a contemporary map of the war is used for the stamp sheet's background. 

After boarding and taking command of the Niagara, Perry attacked and demolished the British ships Detroit and Queen Charlotte. He then penned one of the most memorable phrases of the war in a report to General William Henry Harrison: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

Perry's triumph gave the U.S. control of Lake Erie and allowed the army to recover ground lost early in the war. The British and their Indian allies abandoned their outposts on the Detroit frontier and retreated up the Thames River deeper into Upper Canada. General Harrison pursued them and won the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813, less than a month after Perry's remarkable victory."

I have a feeling the Canadians may have a different view of the War of 1812 and this battle!
Join me with a commemorative stamp this week.  I am traveling but I hope to visit your web pages by Monday.

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Theme next week: Music and musical instruments.
Theme week after that: Airplanes and air transport.

Suggestions for future themes, or requests for more open themes welcome!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunday stamps 171

Hello everyone, and welcome this week to Sunday Stamps.

Our theme this week is anything you wish.

I was happy to receive the following stamp, as it is geological.  I was even more happy to learn via Google translate, that this is an image of "the Devil's Table":

Imagine how creepy this would be at night, in the moonlight!

Join me this week for this open theme, perhaps featuring a stamp that is hard to fit into a theme.

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Theme next week: It's Memorial Day in the USA.  Share a stamp commemorating a person or event worth remembering.
Theme week after that: Music and musical instruments.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sunday Stamps # 170

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Sunday Stamps.

It's a beautiful evening here in the American Midwest and Spring is definitely here.  In fact we are moving quickly into summer.  But before that, let's share some flower stamps.

Flowers are commonly found on stamps.  These flowers are actually Winter flowers, according to the US Postal Service. This image of the group of 4 stamps is from their website. Your flowers can be from any season!

Please join me this week, and please visit other contributors.

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Theme next week: Anything you wish.
Theme week after that: I'll get back to you!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sunday Stamps #169

Good morning or good evening, where ever you are.

Welcome to Sunday Stamps! It's a busy weekend at chez Viridian as we had a combined birthday party for my daughter (now 14) and my son (now 16). The 16 year old isn't driving - yet. My hair will turn grayer once that starts!

This week our theme is stamps from Russia or other former communist countries.  Can be new or older stamps.

I'd like to take you on a short trip to Russia, courtesy of a recent postcard from Marina:

This is the Bank Bridge in Saint Petersburg.  Those are griffins with gilded wings.  She sent this card to me with these stamps:

These buildings might be from Saint Petersburg.  The bottom stamp appears to be of the Winter Palace.

Anyway, what can you share with us this week? Let's take a tour of eastern Europe.  Add your link below and please visit the other contributors.

Theme next week: flowers.
Theme week after that: anything you wish.



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