Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Swimmers

It's a cool Fall day in the American Midwest, and time for Sunday Stamps.

The theme this week is swimmers, and our hostess has shared some stamps of whales from Australia. This got me thinking of a stamp I shared a few weeks ago, for the week of new issues.  But why not share the whale stamp again:

It certainly fits the theme.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Places of worship

 Good day, and welcome to a rather warm fall day in the American Midwest.  It is time for Sunday Stamps.

The theme this week is churches or places of worship.  I am sharing a stamp I last shared in 2017, a stamp from Zazzle, a USA company that will print any image you choose onto t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, etc.


This is the rose window from Notre Dame in Paris.  It is so beautiful.  This stamp was good for 49 cents of USA postage, the going first class rate at the time.  Interestingly, Zazzle does NOT do custom USA postage stamps anymore.  I am not sure when they stopped allowing this.

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Black

 Good day and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.

Our theme is black, perhaps because it's the 21st anniversary of the attack on Sept. 11 2001 in the USA.  However the Queen of Great Britain, Elizabeth II has also died, lending a solemnity to this week end.  Here in the USA flags are at half staff in her honor, for a few days at least.

My stamp for today is below:

A Tiffany stained glass lamp on a black background.  This stamp has the value of one cent, to make up postage.  It's been in use for a long time, since 2008.

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Good times

 Good day, and welcome to my late entry for Sunday Stamps.  Family events today.

Our theme this week is festivals, fairs, or people having fun.

There is a set of stamps issued by the USPS called backyard games that fits the bill.



I don't have these in hand-- these are images from the USPS. Horseshoes, frisbee, croquet and what appears to be a sport from the American Midwest - cornhole.  I certainly never saw cornhole growing up in New England.

Have fun!

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Flowers

Good afternoon, and welcome to a warm day in the American Midwest.  I am a bit late today!

The theme this week for Sunday Stamps is Flowers. I have a USPS stamps to share:

This, I am told by the the USPS website, is an African Daisy, bright and cheerful.  It is part of a series of round stamps, meant for international postage, whether letters (not too heavy!) or postcards.

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Birds

 It is a cool late August day in the American Midwest, and we are getting a little much-needed rain.  I hope it continues.

It's time for Sunday Stamps, and the theme this week is Birds.  I have a stamp set I have shared before:

Some winter birds, with trees and snow.  I believe the upper left birds are kinglets, and I know the others are a cedar waxwing, nuthatches, and a cardinal.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Trees

 Good day and welcome to my blog.

This week's theme for Sunday Stamps is trees.  I have some older stamps to share:


Some older stamps from Ukraine, shared some time ago, and here again.  And the war in Ukraine continues on.  When I was in Postcrossing I received a number of cards from Ukraine, and I hope my correspondents are okay.

The trees here are a horse chestnut on the left, and some sort of lime tree on the right, or so my readers told me, the last time I shared this stamp.

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Snow/Winter

It's the doldrums of August and summer is definitely here.  There is a predicted high of 88 F or 31 C today in my part of the American Midwest.  If it cools down at night people can handle this but in many places it is just not as cool overnight as it once was.

Our hostess has asked us to share snow or winter scenes to cool us down, and has shared some wonderful stamps.  My snow stamp is below:


Stylized snow on the rooftops.  That is getting rarer in my part of the USA.

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Urban Scenes

 Good day and welcome to my blog.

The theme for Sunday Stamps this week is Urban Scenes.  One thinks of buildings and cityscapes for this, but I am taking a different view:


Stamps from the US Postal Service celebrating hip hop.  This is a set, and the rest are shown below:

Hip hop music started in an urban setting.  The USPS pinpoints New York City in the mid 1970's. It is now a global phenomenon.

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Sunday Stamps - Heads of State

 Welcome to my entry to Sunday Stamps.  It's going to be a hot day in the American Midwest - a projected high of 92 degrees F (33.3 C).

This week's theme is heads of state.  I have some older stamps for this.


Some humble stamps used for penny postcards.  Ben Franklin was not a head of state but one of the Founding Fathers of the USA, and of course Washington was our first president.

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Sunday Stamps: New Issues

 Good day, and welcome to a cool rainy day in the American Midwest.

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is 2022 issues.  I have a set so new, they aren't being released until August 5!

National Marine Sanctuaries issue:

One stamp, and a view of the set.  Pictures from the USPS website.



Have a great Sunday.
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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Monochromatic

 Good day and welcome to my blog.  It is a warm, lovely day in the American Midwest.

The theme for Sunday Stamps is Monochromatic.  The USPS has a number of stamps that qualify, but this is a newer one:

A $2 stamp that would likely be affixed to packages, so you may not see it often.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Writers

 Good day, and welcome to a very warm day in the American Midwest.  I have been remiss in my posting for Sunday stamps!  And I do have a writer and a poem for today.  It is a repeat from a long ago post when I was hosting Sunday Stamps.


Walt Whitman, known for Leaves of Grass and who is appreciated more as times go by.  I like this 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.


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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Sky

 Happy Sunday and welcome to my stamps blog.

I was away last week with travel and a wedding to attend.  It was a beautiful ceremony and a beautiful day.

This week's theme is sky.

The USPS has released stamps featuring scenes along the Mississippi River, and this is one of the stamps in that set.  There are 10 stamps in the set.  I don't have these in hand; I am using the scan from the USPS website.  Lots of sky and water in this image.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Uniforms

 Hello, and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.

This week's theme is Uniforms, which can be interpreted is several ways.  Military?  Sports teams?

I went with a stamp for the US Postal Service:

A stamp honoring Japanese American soldiers who bravely fought in the European portion of World War II.  These men were US citizens who were at first in internment camps.  Some worked as translators too.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Shaped

 And this is post # 600!

I am still tired from Covid.  I am still walking around my family and in stores with a double mask on.

So this will be quick.  The theme today is shaped stamps and our hostess has some great ones.  I have one that came on a postcard from Postcrossing, some time ago:


From Thailand, an unusual 7 sided shape.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sunday Stamps - Sails

 Good day and welcome to my blog - I believe this is post number 600!  (Edited to add:  actually #599.)  Yeah me!

This week's theme is sails.  I have a stamp I have shared before that is just right for this theme:

Under full sail.  Also know as Old Ironsides, she is docked at Charlestown MA and you can visit the museum.

I am glad I will be "visiting" all of you virtually today, because yesterday I tested positive for COVID.  After being so careful.  I am slightly feverish and feel like I have a cold.  I have been vaccinated and boosted so cold symptoms are to be expected and it won't get much worse.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Postal

 Good day from a warm and beautiful American Midwest.  I did not post last week as it was my daughter's College graduation!

Back again though, and time for Sunday Stamps.

I don't have any stamps of post offices, as our hostess has today, but I do have an image I swiped from a stamp dealer (sorry!) as I don't have any theme stamps in hand.


An older stamp, when postage was 8 cents, of a postal worker, selling stamps of course.  The image has an old-fashioned look to it.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sunday Stamps: People at work

 Good day and welcome to my blog.  It is a cool day in the American Midwest, cloudy as it just finished raining.  It's good for the grass and plants, which are growing well.

It's time for Sunday Stamps.  The theme is people at work.  

I have no stamps for this in hand, and the USPS didn't either, so I went searching on the internet.  I believe I snagged the following scan from a seller on Etsy - sorry, anonymous stamp seller, I didn't note your name!  This is a set of stamps from the USSR (CCCP) from 1962:


I hope you can note some of the work being done here.  The stamps have some great Soviet graphics.  Farmwork, steel, chemistry...  It's International Workers Day and the Soviets would be into that!

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Words not pictures

 Good day and welcome to my blog.  It is a warm sunny Spring day here in the American Midwest!  Hurrah!  Trees are budding and birds are singing.

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is more words than pictures.  I have a stamp from the US Postal Service that fits the theme:

A cheerful stamp that covers all occasions, whether it's a birthday, a wedding, or a party.   It is currently available on the USPS website.

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Easter and Spring

 Good day, and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.  It is a sunny but chilly Spring day in the American Midwest.

The US Postal Service has just released these stamps of Mountain wildflowers (March 14, 2022). The images below are from their web page.  I like the designs, almost like woodcuts:


And one stamp features the pasque flower:


An early bloomer in the mountains, about the time of Easter or Passover, therefore its name.  Our hostess has also featured a stamp with this flower!  Other flowers in the USA set are a wood lily, Alpine buttercup, and Woods' rose.

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Birds

 Good day and welcome to my blog.  It is a cool but sunny day in the American Midwest.

This week's theme is birds.

The USPS does not have any bird stamps presently listed on their website, so I went looking on the internet.  Inspired by our hostess, I found some older New Zealand bird stamps:


This is from a search on the google machine.  I found these 1959 stamps on a stamps for sale site.  Some neat water birds.

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Fashion

 Good day and welcome to my blog.  It is supposed to be Spring here in the American Midwest and the trees are budding, but the weather is cold and gray.

It's the day for Sunday Stamps, and this week's theme is fashion.  I had to go onto the internet for this, and I am copying below an image from Pinterest.  It is from a set issued by the Royal Mail (Great Britain).  Joy has shown two of these stamps on her blog.  

Here is one more:


A high fashion ensemble by Alexander McQueen.  In black of course.

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Se-tenant, or selvages

 Good day, and welcome to a cold Spring day in the American Midwest.  At least the days are getting longer, and temperatures will be in the 70's (F) on Wednesday.

The theme today is se-tenant stamps (design flows from one stamp to another) or a stamp with an interesting selvage.

Here is a an older set of LOVE stamps from the US Postal Service.  The image is from their webpage.  A se-tenant design of flowers and vines - very pretty!

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Ukraine

 It is a sunny day in the American Midwest.  Some buds have burst on the trees, the daffodils are about to bloom, and the grass is greener.  It's Sunday and time for Sunday stamps.

Our hearts and minds are on Ukraine.  Here are some stamps sent to me during my Postcrossing days:


An interesting combination.  An airship over a country estate.  And a painting of a country scene with a beautiful sky.

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Transportation

 Good day and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps.  It is a warm, pre-Spring day in the American Midwest.  I suspect we are all still thinking of Ukraine.  I wish I had a Ukraine stamp that follows today's theme, transportation.  Instead I will show you one from Finland:


Public transport - a streetcar.  And some nice birch trees.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Dark. Ukraine

 It is Sunday Feb. 27 2022, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for a few days.  The theme for Sunday Stamps this week is "dark", and these are dark days indeed.  We are all thinking of Ukraine.

So I decided to share a stamp I have shared before:


Sent to me by a postcrosser who included the surrounding edges, so that you can see the Ukrainian flag moving in the wind.  Thinking of the people of Ukraine.

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Sunday Stamps: "N"

 A cold and sunny day in the American Midwest.

SeeitonaPostcard says there really aren't enough pink stamps.  Hmm, I may have a pink stamp for today.  And it follows the theme of the letter "N", our theme for this week.

Two stamps from the Netherlands, that I have shared previously, some years ago:


Sorry for the big cancel!  Stamps from when I was in Postcrossing.  My correspondent noted these were caps worn by elderly ladies or women in the "bible belt" of the Netherlands.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Sunday Stamps: USA Love stamps

 Good day and welcome to my contribution to Sunday Stamps. It is cold here in the American Mid-west, and it is trying to snow.

 It is Feb. 13, so thoughts turn to Valentine's Day.  Every year since 1973 the US Postal Service issues Love stamps for Valentine's day.  This year, they were were inspired by old European folk art, says the web page.  Here is an image from the USPS:


And the pane of 16 stamps together, in two colors:


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Sunday, February 6, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Winter Sports

 Good day, on a cold, sunny, snowy day in the American Midwest.  No it is not snowing now, but we have a bit of snow on the ground.  We are dug out and all is well.

It's time for Sunday Stamps.

I have not much here, so I used the google machine to find images of winter sports stamps on ebay.  Yes winter sports usually means the Olympics.  Here is a nice set of 4:


From 2002, when US postage was 34 cents for a first class letter.  Interesting graphics, and I don't recall seeing these back then!

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Sunday Stamps: The Year of the Tiger

 Good day, and welcome to my entry for Sunday Stamps.  It is a cold yet sunny day in the American Midwest.

SeeitonaPostcard reports that Canada Post is not issuing a Lunar New Year stamp this year (maybe for good?) which is sad to hear.  But the US Postal Service has issued a stamp this year:


A stylized image of a mask, with plenty of orange!  This is a Forever stamp, worth the current US first class rate.  I'll have to look for these at the Post Office.

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Maps on stamps

 Good day and welcome.  Yet another gray day in the American Midwest, this time with some snow flurries added in.

It's time for Sunday Stamps.  This week the theme is maps or flags on stamps.  I have a stamp from Belarus, that I first shared about 10 years ago:


The grand emperor penguins and a map of Antarctica.  Interesting to see the globe turned "upside down" for this!

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Authors

 Good day and welcome to another gray day in the American Midwest.  It's time for Sunday Stamps.

Like others who are participating, I am sharing a relatively recent stamp from the USPS of Ursula Le Guin.

The background image is of a scene from The Left Hand of Darkness.  A wonderful fantasy and science fiction writer.  Her Earthsea trilogy featured a school for wizards - hmmmm.

Also a newish stamp:


August Wilson, a playwright, who is described here by the USPS.  Two of his plays are Fences and The Piano Lesson.

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Sunday Stamps: Blue stamps

Good day and welcome to my blog.  It's a gloomy rainy day in the American Midwest.  And it's back to work tomorrow.  Well I can still relax today.

It's time for Sunday Stamps.  The theme is blue stamps today.  I have a scan that I have shared before:


From China, an islet in blue blue water.  This came on a Postcrossing postcard, back when I was active in Postcrossing.

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Sunday Stamps: New Issues

 Good day, and Happy New Year!

Our theme today is new issues.  The stamp I am featuring below is so new, it isn't even available until Jan. 9 2022!  A stamp from the US Postal Service to make up postage:

Blueberries, looking very delicious.  They remind me of late August days, not the cold cloudy day we are having today in the American Midwest.

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