Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Postcard from the 1940s.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Sunday stamp II - 2

For this week's 'toys' theme, although I have only gone back as far as 2003 for the year of issue, the subject is classic toys, so has a vintage flavour, and was titled, 'Transports of Delight'.

One question which immediately comes to mind is where are the toys for the girls?  Whilst I'm sure that many girls enjoyed the above the toys, it seems a particularly male-dominated theme.
Next question, did you have any of these?
We have the Dinky Ford Zephyr as an inherited toy.  

As far as the stamps themselves are concerned, the only one of these I have 'used' (as opposed to 'mint') is the Meccano 1st class stamp.  I imagine the E value (intended for mail to Europe up to 20g) is the most difficult to find used.  The E value was introduced in 1998, but discontinued in 2004. From what I have read it should still be valid for mail to Europe (in much the same way that earlier 1st and 2nd class stamps can still be used), I shall have to try this.

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas . . .

. . . to all my blogging friends.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sunday stamps

For the Christmas theme, firstly a stamp which is not a Christmas issue, but a stamp issued in 1965 to commemorate 100 years of the Salvation Army who do so much good, especially at this time of year.

Next a selection of GB from the late 1960s (GB didn't issue Christmas stamps until 1966), the rocking horse stamp is from 1968 . . .

then the full set from 1969 . . .

Finally moving on 20 years, a snowy Christmas scene from the USA received in 1988.

Sunday stamps has a new host, Violet Sky, thanks Violet.
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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday stamps

Art is such a good theme for stamps, so it wasn't difficult to find something for this week.  I chose the 1/6 value from the 1967 set of British Paintings, which is 'Children Coming out of School' by L S Lowry. (wiki link).  I remember Bob posting this set some time ago, and I hadn't been aware of the Lowry stamp at the time, so I was very pleased to go through an envelope with old stamps (pre-decimal) and find I had one.  It is probably the closest I will ever get to owning a Lowry :).

Next, I couldn't resist posting (even though it is much too recent to be normally included on my blog), this mini-sheet of London Underground posters, I think these came out in 2013.  I used this mini-sheet just a week or so ago and scanned it at the time.  I think these posters would have made very good stamps with one design per stamp rather than 3 on one as the posters are a bit too small like this.

I'm participating in Viridian's Sunday stamps, clicking the link below will take you there, and thanks to Viridian for running this challenge every week.
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Fröhliche Weihnachten

Postcard sent 24 December 1913, in Vienna.
And an upside down stamp = love.  

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Postcard by Tuck's, 'Oilfacsim' series, postally unused c1910.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sunday stamps

Nefertiti, issued by Egypt in 1959 ( the United Arab Republic was the political union between Egypt and Syria from 1958 - 1961, though Egypt continued to use the 'name' 'United Arab Republic' until 1971, wiki link).

Nefertiti stamps are some of my favourites.

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Don't Steal

Dear Minnie,

Why not go in for one, I am sure you would like the experience.   Since I can tell you Jack and I am having a good time of course he is getting thin, but that is because he don’t get in till after 12 oclock mornings.  Cheer up have a good time.  I do wish we were all with you, Albert

Postcard sent in July 1924.

Friday, 5 December 2014


In a 1930s studio setting, sadly no information as to who the lady is, nor the location of the studio.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sunday stamps

I don't think I've posted this cover/set of birds from 1980 before (but they may have already appeared on Sunday stamps).  I like the 'art nouveau' style decoration on the cover, and the background to each bird is also quite attractive.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Thanksgiving Greetings

to all who are 'giving thanks'
Happy Holidays

I'm posting early as it's 100 years today since Mrs Price sent this postcard to Miss Alice Hicks in Pullman, Chicago, (plus I tend to run out of time when trying to post on the day).

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sunday stamps

Furniture proved not such an easy theme to find, but I did uncover these (still on paper) which are quite a bit more modern than my usual postings on this blog.
The first stamp is one of the Lord of the Rings series from 2004.  I remember buying loads of these at the time, and I used them all.  I think this one qualifies for the theme as you can (just about) see a table and a chair inside the Hobbit's house.
The next stamps are from the US issued in 2008, part of the Eames series, the house of cards stamp, doesn't really qualify for the theme, but it was too nice not to be included.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sunday stamps

For this week's free theme, I have a cover which I scanned a couple of weeks ago for the professions/trades theme, but I only showed one of the stamps.  The cover dates from 1970 and was sent from Egypt to the DDR (East Germany).

1.  this stamp features two of Cairo's well known hotels - it commemorates 100 years of the Mena House Hotel ( this is the one at the Pyramids, and is where Churchill and Roosevelt stayed for the Cairo Conference in World War 2), as you can imagine it has had very famous guests over the years. 
The second hotel is the Sheraton which opened that year.

2. this is for the 30th Anniversary of the Egyptian Pharmaceutical Industry.
3  issued for the International Conference in Cairo on the Middle East Crisis.

4.  Finally a nice map stamp for the centenary of the Suez Canal.

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Friday, 14 November 2014


Taken at the American Studio in the Arcade, Northampton.

Thursday, 13 November 2014


another unknown young recruit.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Sunday, 9 November 2014

bring down the wall . . .

25 years ago today . . . .

Photos taken by me in May 1986.

(wiki link Berlin Wall)

Friday, 7 November 2014

'Greetings from France'

The same style as yesterday's photo postcard, but this one is definitely a commercially mass-produced card.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

'to my sweetheart'

I think this is a photo postcard rather than a commercially mass-produced postcard, though the style appears in both kinds.  Sadly no information.  The helmet suggests service somewhere hot.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

found photo booth

Two photo booth pictures from presumably what was once a strip of 4.  Probably 1930s.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


This souvenir photo, dated August 1937, is a bit tatty and creased, but even all these years on, it still looks like these young men had fun at Whitley Bay.  
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