For this week's Black theme it is irresistible to feature a stamp of a penny black , the world's first adhesive postal stamp which featured as one of three British iconic stamps for the 1970 gathering of the Philympia International Stamp Exhibition.
To continue the theme of iconic stamps Australia celebrated the anniversary of the first western Australian stamp in 1954. The history of modern Western Australia started with the Swan River Settlement which was established in 1829, every pre-federation issues featured the Black Swan with variously different surrounds. The last stamps were issued in 1902 some of which still featured the Black Swan which is still the symbol of Western Australia.
Another symbolic bird on a stamp of the Italian occupation of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somaliland from 1936 until 1942. This features an Italian Eagle attacking the Lion of Judah. The eagle was one of the symbols of the Italian Fascist Government and the Lion of Judah was the symbol of Haile Selassie, king of Ethiopia. Fascists - never the most subtle of organisations - were also coincidently rather fond of black.
Just to bring a splash of colour a blackbird on a branch.