Sunday, December 20, 2020

Sunday Stamps; Madonna with child

 Good day, and welcome to my blog.

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is religious Christmas stamps.  For my contribution:  I may be bending the rules a bit, as I don't know if this stamp from Germany was issued as a Christmas stamp or not.  But it is of one the most famous Madonna and Child paintings out there.  Bonus:  it's an amazing mini-sheet.


A famous painting by Raphael, part of the High Renaissance in Italy.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Sunday Stamps; Secular Christmas stamps

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This week's theme for Sunday stamps is Christmas, specifically secular Christmas stamps (religious Christmas stamps will be next week).  Here is one I would have purchased is my days of participating in Postcrossing:


A round USA stamp for international postage.  This rate is now US $1.20, which is one reason why I am not participating in Postcrossing anymore.  But what a wonderful idea - sending postcards across the world, and getting pretty postcards from strangers in return.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Sunday Stamps: RED

 Good morning, and welcome to my blog.  It's Sunday and time for Sunday stamps.  The theme for this week is the color red.  I have stamps not for Christmas but for another holiday:


A set of two USA Forever stamps, issued some time ago for Valentine's Day.  Which one do you like better, the red background or the white background?  I like both actually.

It's early December but time to order on line for Christmas gifts, which I might be doing later today.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Castles or towers

 I am up early on a Sunday morning because I can't sleep.  I guess I might as well update my blog.

The theme for Sunday Stamps this week is castles, fortresses, or towers.  I do have one that I have shared some years ago:


A castle in Germany, and a nice looking one at that.  I have no further information on it.  I guess I am a little sleepy - no coffee yet!  Enjoy your Sunday!

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Under the Sea

 Hello and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.

The theme this week is "Under the Sea", but I'll interpret that my own way:  A view of the planet and its oceans:


From the US Postal Service:

This stamp features a rendering of Earth composed of images created from satellite data and redesigned with 3D computer technology. The view of our planet shows the Atlantic Ocean flanked by the Americas, Africa, and part of northern Europe. In the stamp art, the globe is isolated on a white background. The shape of the stamp is round. The text, which surrounds the image of Earth, includes the words “Global Forever.”

Artist Leonello Calvetti used a variety of maps, primarily from NASA, to create his design. With 3D computer technology he was able to modify depth, vary color, and create subtle light and shadow details on terrain surfaces to achieve a high level of photorealism while also attaining something new. “I always have been fascinated by space and what astronauts could see from out there,” Calvetti says. “As an artist, an illustrator, I wanted to make my own representation of the Earth.” "

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Free choice

 Good day and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.

Appropriate for this autumn day, I have a stamp issued by the US Postal service for Diwali, the Hindu holiday:


This stamp shows an oil wick lamp called a diya, lit by many Hindu people around the world.  Diwali is a festival celebrating light over darkness, and many other things.  You can read about it on the USPS website.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Military

 Good day, and welcome.  Today's Sunday Stamps theme is the military.  I have no stamps of soldiers, but I do have a battleship:


The battleship Missouri, commissioned June 11, 1944.  Affectionately name "Mighty Mo", as she was heavily armed and could attain high speeds for a vessel of her size.

She is known for the role she played in the end of the Pacific part of WWII.  On Sept. 2, 1945, military officers from each of the Allied powers and Imperial Japan met on the deck of the Missouri and signed documents confirming Japan's surrender and the end of the war.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Front line workers

Good day, and welcome.

I was not sure I had any stamps of police, firefighters, or hospital workers, either in hand, or featured earlier on my blog.  But I found this front line worker:


This stamp is from Hong Kong and shows a working dog, an English Springer spaniel.  This breed is used as sniffer dogs, for explosives and other items, and I think that is what is being shown in this stamp.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Birds

 Good day, and welcome to Sunday Stamps.  This week's theme is Birds.

I am sharing a stamp for the USA that I shared some years ago on this blog:


The Evening Grosbeak, which I used to see as a child at the feeder by our kitchen window in New England.  This is the male bird.  It has been a long time since I have seen these birds.


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Viridian

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Autumn Colors

 Good Day, and welcome to my blog.  It's time for Sunday Stamps.  The theme this week is Autumn colors, and the US Postal Service has just released these stamps, in time for me to feature them on my blog:


More information on these stamps can be found HERE.   I think this fits the theme, don't you?

A previous entry of mine also has autumn colors, as well as the theme of water.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Arts and crafts

 Hello and welcome to my blog.

This week we are looking at art and crafts on stamps.  I am sharing today a set of stamps I have shared a long time ago, but so appropriate for today:


According to Wikipedia:

"Navajo rugs and blankets (Navajo: diyogĂ­) are textiles produced by Navajo people of the Four Corners area of the United States. Navajo textiles are highly regarded and have been sought after as trade items for over 150 years. Commercial production of handwoven blankets and rugs has been an important element of the Navajo economy....Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Toward the end of the 19th century, weavers began to make rugs for tourism and export. Typical Navajo textiles have strong geometric patterns."

They are so beautiful!

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Viridian

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday Stamps: water

 Good day, and welcome to my entry to Sunday Stamps, hosted at SeeitonaPostcard.  I am sharing a stamp I first pictured in 2015 as part of Sunday stamps then:

Perfect Fall foliage in this view!  Here is what the USPS has to say:

"With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates one of West Virginia's most photographed landmarks, the Glade Creek Grist Mill.

The stamp art captures the historic, aged beauty of the mill in its pristine setting along Glade Creek. The water flows by the mill and around boulders and rock formations along the creek bed. Surrounding the mill are trees in early autumn colors of greens, yellows, and oranges.

Located in Babcock State Park in Fayette County, West Virginia, the mill looks as though it has existed on that site for hundreds of years. In reality, it is a modern re-creation, completed in 1976, of a mill that had once stood nearby on Glade Creek. The look is authentic, however, as the new mill was constructed from parts taken from three historic West Virginia mills.

Mills were once the center of local farming communities, offering the necessary service of grinding wheat, corn, and other grains, a backbreaking task when done by hand. The mill stands as a monument to the more than 500 West Virginia gristmills that were in operation at the turn of the 20th century."

A high value stamp that I have not seen in person.

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Viridian

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Motion

 Good day and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.

The theme this week is Motion, which is hard to show in a painting, or the small space of a stamp.  But here is one stamp from the US Postal Service:


This is tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker, known as Little Mo.  She played in the early 1950's.  For three years in a row, she was the top ranked player in the world.  She is shown in the midst of a swing, and I think the stamp image captures her motion.

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Viridian

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Urban views

Good day and welcome to my contribution to Sunday stamps. 

This week's theme is Urban.  So I went through my blog to see what I have published before and found a city scene:


A view of the center of Paris, a lovely and romantic city.
It appears to be a joint issue with China?  This stamp is from 2014 or earlier so I am not sure of this.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Black and White

 Hello and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.  It's Sunday morning and I am sipping my coffee.  Once again I surveyed the pages of the USA Postal Service and found a set of stamps, just released on Aug. 13, 2020.

There's a little color there, but mostly black and white!  These stamps feature the wire sculptures of Ruth Asawa  (1926 - 2013),  a Japanese- American artist who did drawings, painting, prints, and large public projects.  The wire sculptures are shown on the stamps.

More information is at:  https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/ruth-asawa-S_476304.

A closer view of one stamp:


I don't have these stamps in hand, I am using the images from the USPS website.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sunday Stamps - Big Animals

 Hello and welcome to my stamp and postcard blog.

The theme this week is big animals.

I decided to go really big this Sunday:

This stamp is actually from China I believe.  It's hard to read the gold lettering in this scan.  One of the stamps I received when I was part of Postcrossing.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Yellow on Stamps

 Hello and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.

The theme this week is yellow stamps.

Some cheerful flowers from Taiwan.

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Viridian

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Food

Hello and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.  This week's theme is food.

I am exploring the breadth of recent stamps put out by the US Postal Service, and wouldn't you know, they just released this set of fruit and vegetable stamps:


Done in the style of still life paintings, and looking very yummy.  You can learn more about these stamps at this link.

(I have been switched over to the new Blogger interface and I don't like it!)

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday Stamps - numbers

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Today is the day for Sunday Stamps.

The theme this week is numbers.  USA stamps now say "forever" on them but there are a few high value stamps out there with numbers:

Not a stamp I've actually seen - a $10 stamp!  Love the wavy lines.  US Postal Service says it is similar to the fine engraving on currency.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday Stamps - night views

Good day and welcome to my blog.
This week, for Sunday Stamps, the theme is night views.
I shared this stamp a few years ago on this blog, but it's just so perfect for today.

A view of a US park (Lassen?  Can't read it on the scan).  A long exposure will show the stars apparently moving, though of course it's the earth turning.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday Stamps - Father figures

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is father figures.
I decided to go literal for this:  a USA stamp of Father Theodore Hesbergh, long time president of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana USA.


https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/father-theodore-hesburgh-S_799404

According to the USPS website, he was also a long time champion of civil rights and other societal issues.  Please click on the link above to learn more.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sunday Stamps - Celebrations

The US Postal Service has been issuing Christmas stamps for years and years.  What may not be known is they have been issuing Kwanzaa and Eid stamps too, for quite a few years.



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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sunday Stamps - Strawberries

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is free choice.
I am sharing some fruits of the season here in the Midwest USA:


Strawberries - yum.  This is a stamp to make up postage, if you need it.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Food

This week's theme for Sunday Stamps is food.  I am showing here a stamp featured years ago on my blog.  Not of food exactly, but of the raw ingredients.


The coconut, and groundnuts or peanuts.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Flowers

Happy Sunday Stamps!
Well the stars aligned or something because the US Postal Service just released a new group of stamps, the American Gardens Forever stamps:


Above is a screen shot of the stamps featured on the web page for this set.  10 different botanical gardens are featured, most public, I believe.

I am sorry I don't have a scan of the individual stamps - not available on the USPS web page.  They look beautiful however.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Mothers and children

It is Mother's Day in the USA.  And mothers and children is the theme for Sunday Stamps. The Queen Mother is featured there today.


I last published this on my blog in 2013.  A stamp from Russia, 2012, that came to me via Postcrossing.  A good choice for today, yes?

The American Midwest is slowly opening up but we aren't going anywhere in this time of COVID-19.  I will make a chicken dinner and insist that the family clean up (instead of me).

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Water

The them for Sunday Stamps this week is water.  I note that a few contributors have no people in their views, and the same goes for me, in this stamp from the US Postal Service:


This is a stamp celebrating Maine statehood.  In early years it was part of Massachusetts.  This view is part of Acadia National Park, a beautiful part of the coast of Maine.  The one time I visited, as a teen, there was a lot of fog and some rain when our family was there.

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Viridian

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Flying objects

I am joining Sunday Stamps again.
The theme for this week is things that fly.  One thinks of birds right away, but there are other things,  such as butterflies:

This is the California Dogface butterfly.  It is worth 70 cents, and is meant for square or irregular sized envelopes.
More information is on the USPS website for this stamp.
I don't see a dog's face (supposedly the profile of a poodle) myself, but hey, you may.  It's a pretty bright yellow.

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Viridian

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Blue stamps and Earth Day

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is Blue.

I have a stamp from the US Postal Service celebrating Earth Day that is somewhat blue:


Reminding us of the blue and green planet we live on - the only habitable planet we know.  Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year.  This year (in the time of COVID-19) is the 50th anniversary and any big celebrations have been cancelled.  We will have to remember Earth Day remotely.

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Geology

It's a stressful time right now in the USA,with corona virus everywhere it seems, and the peak of sickness still a week or two away.

To get away from this I looked in my computer files and found a bunch of scans of mineral stamps.  I'll share just two from Kenya.


Amethyst, in natural crystal form and polished as a gem, and


tourmaline, in a rock and also as a gem.  Amethyst is the purple form of quartz, and tourmaline is a complex silicate with boron and beryllium in its structure.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Architecture

In which I republish a stamp and commentary from 2012 or so.  A great stamp from Italy.


This stamp shows a hallway in the Palazzo Spada, which was originally built in 1540.  Why does it deserve a stamp?  Let's let Wikipedia explain.

"The palazzo was purchased by Cardinal Spada in 1632. He commissioned the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini to modify it for him, and it was Borromini who created the masterpiece of forced perspective optical illusion in the arcaded courtyard, in which diminishing rows of columns and a rising floor create the visual illusion of a gallery 37 meters long (it is 8 meters) with a lifesize sculpture at the end of the vista, in daylight beyond: the sculpture is 60 cm high. Borromini was aided in his perspective trick by a mathematician."

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Stamps March 22 2020

I too have been watching the news too much.  I hope to get out tomorrow and see the signs of Spring in our neighborhood.
Here is my stamp for today, from the US Postal Service.


Photograph by Mark Laita.  The image is meant to show healing and growth (and hope) from PTSD.

More information:  https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/healing-ptsd-S_572104.

I thought it was a good choice for today.
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Viridian

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Celebrations

Time for Sunday Stamps!  The theme is celebrations.
Once again I am pulling my stamp from the US Postal Service.  A stamp to cover anything you might be celebrating.

The USPS also has stamps for Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, and Eid.
Hunkering down here in the American Midwest for the duration, and preparing for teaching my classes on line, starting March 23.  I feel sorry for people whose lives have been disrupted greatly.  Mine is only slightly inconvenienced.

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Viridian

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday Stamps: Flowers

The theme this week is flowers.
I am going to the US Postal Service for newer stamps featured on their web page.


Flowers from the garden, with paintings by Elizabeth Brandon, inspired by the still life paintings of  Dutch and Flemish painters of the past.  More information at:  https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/flowers-from-the-garden-S_760104

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Viridian

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday stamps - a lion and back again

I've been very neglectful of this little blog.  I don't participate in Postcrossing anymore, so no new interesting stamps to share.
However, i can still share some old stamps with SeeitonaPostcard and Sunday Stamps.

This week's theme: lions or lambs, as it is the beginning of March.


These stamps came all together on a postcard from China, including a fine lion.

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Viridian

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