The art photographer Alicia Bock took a picture of this flowery bike in a Michigan summer in the 'Old Town'. The original photograph shows the whole bicycle but for the postcard we get a cropped view. Its nice to see someone produce postcards when so often artists go for the folding card here. Yes I've browsed her designs on Lagom Design's site but I think it will have to be a after Christmas purchase. The card came from Anne who at the time was enjoying a "golden October" in Germany. It hadhere
Friday, 29 November 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
The Seto people have been described as living on the borders of two worlds, living mostly in SW Estonia but also over the border in the Pechong district of Russia. Their polyphonic singing tradition called leelo is one of a lead singer delivering the verse followed by the choir. Lyrics are learned from former performers but the skill of composition is the mark of an true lead singer. The majority of choirs are composed of women and the most notable singer is crowned on Seto Kingdom Day as the "Mother of Songs". Song infuses everyday life and covers major events in lifetime as well as little things like picking berries. I don't know which choir is shown on the souvenir sheet but I like how the FDC shows a group of young girls continuing the tradition of leelo singing.
|2012: Britons of Distinction|
|2010: Marking the Occasion|
changed the name of its Opera Theatre (home of Opera Australia) to the Joan Sutherland Theatre
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Singers
Saturday, 23 November 2013
I seem to be receiving a lot of postcards recently that are sent from an entirely different country than the view they show and this one is not exception because it came from
Sunday, 17 November 2013
For this week's Sunday Stamp theme of boring stamps I could have nominated the GB Queens definitive that we have had to endure for decades. I would love something more interesting than a change of colour printing house or number, enough already. I'll also add to that any country that has a royal portrait not doing anything and for people that don't rely on heredity I'll include Lenin stamps when he is just sitting. But I'm not going to give space to any of those things here so I give you
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - boring stamps
Sunday, 10 November 2013
This takes us to the bottom line of stamps and the 12p value King Orry III built in 1913 and the first with geared turbines driving twin screws. During the First World War she was used as an armed boarding vessel and was present at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet. Between wars she returned to the Company but resumed war duty in 1939 and was sunk at the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940.
13p stamp is the Ben-my-Chree IV (Manx for woman of my heart) a twin-screw turbine steamer. Launched in 1927 she served as troop transport during the Second World War and rescued 4,045 troops from the beaches at Dunkirk. On D Day she was part of the invasion fleet to Normandy. After the war she remained in service until 1965.
Lastly the 15p value is the Lady of Man II which at the time of the FDC in 1980 was the latest ship to join the fleet. Today their latest ship, bought in 2009, is a wave-piercing high-speed catamaran, the Manannan which looks suitably futuristic however I always have a soft spot for paddle steamers.
The stamps were designed by the Manx artist John Hobson Nicholson (1911-1988) who also designed Manx banknotes..
As I have mentioned twin screws twice in the descriptions above I thought this would be a great opportunity to show an unusual stamp I received from Slovenia. Because it was stuck on the envelope on its side at first I thought it was a cork screw, wine being foremost in my mind, but the right way up
it celebrates the patenting of the screw propeller by Josef Ressel Twin screws have two propellers, one on either side of the keel, that usually revolve in opposite directions.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme - Ships
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
One of the postcards from the set showing Vogue's 100 Iconic Covers. The imagine is by the fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier and show the supermodels of the 1990s who look as though they are about to decorate a room. Helpfully I found a list of the full details of the cover
The card came withUS Vogue April 1992 : 100th Anniversary Cover by Patrick DemarchelierStyled by Grace Coddington
Models Clockwise From Top: Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford,
Karen Mulder, Elaine Irwin, Niki Taylor, Yasmeen Ghauri, Claudia Schiffer,
Naomi Campbell & center, Tatjana Patitz
Shirts & Jeans by The Gap
Hair by Oribe
Makeup by Mary Greenwell
Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier
one of this year's 'forever' stamps from the USA, a composite view of the earth from NASA photographs by the Italian artist Leonello Calvetti. My senders Olga and Pavel biggest passion is travelling so this must be the ideal stamp for them to check off the places they have visited and dream about those to come.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
|1972: Sir Ernest Shackleton 50th Death Anniversary|
"It is beyond conception, even to us, that we are dwelling on a colossal ice raft, with but five feet of water separating us from 2,000 fathoms of ocean and drifting along under the caprices of wind and tides, to heaven knows where." Diary of Frank Hurley.
By the summer (21st December) the food shortage became acute and in February 1916 the dogs that had survived were shot. The ice flow began to split on 8th April forcing departure and the 28 men piled into the three lifeboats and set off for the 100 mile journey to the remote and uninhabited Elephant Island
"The final stage of the journey had still to be attempted.... Over on Elephant Island 22 men were waiting for the relief that we alone could secure for them. Their plight was worse than ours. We must push on somehow."- Sir Ernest Shackleton, South
Marching for 36 hours they arrived at Stomness station, unrecognisable to the station manager who had met them two years earlier. On reuniting with the men on the other side of the island Shackleton made plans to rescue those left behind on Elephant Island which grew ever more frantic as they were thwarted by ice and weather. Eventually with his fourth attempt in the tug, Yelcho (loaned by the Chilean government) on 30th August 1916 the castaways ran onto the beach, Shackleton, straining through binoculars, counted anxiously. "They are all there!" Worsley reported him crying.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Arctic or Antarctic