from the 1970 'Labours of Hercules' series and features the Centaur Nessus (from a vase illustration).
Thursday 31 October 2013
Tuesday 22 October 2013
The card came with one of this year's
postcrossing stamps. There are four in total and this message on this one says it all.
Sunday 20 October 2013
To the left of the stamp are PO boxes and parcel post being transported, to the right of the stamp someone is collecting their old age pension from the post office and a blue post office van setting out on its journey below.
The lower half of the sheet features a globe with South America centre stage and Uruguay marked, below that are all the accoutrements needed for philately. But look at the man posting a letter, here is a little bit of Britain in Uruguay, a Penfold hexagonal Postbox. Designed by the architect John Penfold in the 1860s and (depending on which source read), it was either exported after the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition or the result of an direct export order in 1869. Whichever it was it was an instant success and today there are still six extant in Uruguay, one of which is in Montevideo, but differing from UK ones in that they are painted blue and black.
Lastly on the bottom right is something that spans the eras, that is a hand holding a pen to make a signature as it would have done in 1827 and facing it a hand holding a key which signifies cryptography and the use of digital signatures using special hardware and software, very much the 21st century. There is a more in depth look at this sheet with lots more Uruguayan knowledge than me on DJBM's Philatelic blog
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps
Sunday 13 October 2013
The first gearbox was produced by Louis Renault (1877-1944) and the automotive industry was on its way. The early lead in production by the French has resulted in us using a lot of French expressions, such as chassis and coupé, they also knew you would need a roof
The artist, Robin Ollington depicts the cars against Guernsey backgrounds of the relevant periods. The top line of stamps are the 'Petroleur', which we have already met, and was capable of 12 mph (I can't spot the 'extra' that was available at the time of a whip for chasing away dogs).
Next is the 24p: 1903 Mercedes Simplex which looks a far racier number. The Mercedes name was first used on German-built Daimler cars in 1900.
35p: 1906 Humber. This 14.4 hp four cylinder tourer has a top speed of 35 mph which happens to be the island's speed limit.
41p: 1936 Bentley. This 4¼ litre sports tourer had a reasonably light body and could reach 90 mph.
60p: 1948 MG TC. During the1930s the MG Midget became Morris's most popular model and was the first quantity produced small British sports car. The TC Midget was introduced in 1943 being a slightly improved version of the pre-war TB. Its top speed was 78 mph.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - cars
Tuesday 8 October 2013
The Naga or Great Serpent is a mythical snake with supernatural power and it is told that the Naga and water were at the creation of all things. The spraying water is supposed to bring health, good luck and happiness and washes away sins. This sculpture was designed by lecturers from the Thaksin University Fine Arts Faculty.
One of the episodes of The Water Margin started with the memorable quote "Do not despise the snake for having no horns,for who is to say it will not become a dragon?"" so from this huge Naga it is appropriate that this card came with
Sunday 6 October 2013
*19p stamp, designed by Peter Collingwood, a master weaver, and dedicated to the wool trade which was Britain's largest source of wealth in the 12th Century.
*26p is designed by the artist David Hockney and as he comes from Bradford he has painted Salts Mill built in 1853, located in Saltaire, a model village founded by Sir Titus Salt (a woollen industrialist) for better living conditions for his workers away from the pollution and crowded industrial towns, today it is a UNESCO world heritage site. All across the north of England with its plentiful supply of water were cotton mills this one made worsted cloth, at the time it was the largest industrial building in the world. Closing in 1986, and in common with those mills that survive, it has been converted to another use, art galleries, shops, offices and restaurants and one of the largest collections of David Hockney's art.
*44p designed by Bill Sanderson features a ship's hull in a shipbuilding yard. The industrial revolution saw the change in shipbuilding techniques from wood to iron and steel
*64p designed by Brendon Neiland features a details of the wonderful "inside out" building (the ducts and lifts on the outside) designed for Lloyds by Richard Rogers. This stamp is symbolising the financial sector and intentional banking. A lot has changed since 1999 I don't think we would be celebrating the banking sector today. I wonder if Isambard Kingdom Brunel had been born in a different time he would have been able to raise finance for his ambitious schemes, shown on these stamps below?
For the centenary of Brunel's birth in 2006 royal mail featured some of his famous engineering achievements; the SS Great Britain shown bottom left is now moored as a museum ship in Bristol but the FDC
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamp theme of - Industrial