Sunday 29 August 2021


 The UN has a continuing series of stamps up to the present day of 'Endangered Species'.  Things are not getting better and if fact worse so sadly I don't think they will run out of subjects.

2001: Endangered Species (9th Series)

Here are the Speckled Bear, the Laysan duck from the Hawaiian Islands which has been brought back from near extinction with interventions , the Aardwolf, an insectivorous mammal and the Silver Langur or Silver Leaf Monkey. All the FDC envelopes are the same but whereas the Vienna office always uses a double postmark the New York office does not, I don't know why
1994: Endangered Species (2nd Series)
but this particularly large cancel  probably wouldn't fit on the envelope.  Swinging through the trees are Chimpanzees, perched in its island habitat is the St Lucia Amazon parrot, sliding into the water an American Crocodile and alert at the watering place Addra Gazelles
1995: Endangered Species (3rd Series)
The Giant Armadillo from South America, the American Bald Eagle, Fijian Banded Iguana and of course the Giant Panda recently upgraded from 'endangered' to 'vulnerable'..

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - Endangered Species - See It On A Postcard 

Sunday 22 August 2021



2000: Millennium - Life and Earth

The 'Web of Life' stamp featuring Leaf Cutter Ants in London Zoo so no danger of sitting on the ground and discovering from a tickling sensation there is an ants nest nearby and then frantically trying to dust them off.

1961: Insects (Design A Heidrich)

happily Red Wood Ants nest are really big so easily spotted, and fascinating, at a distance.

2020: Brilliant Bugs (Illustrator - Richard Lewingon) 

Here are the all important pollinators busy buzzing, fluttering and hovering around the flowers.. 

From the sights of summer to

1985: Insects


the sound of summer and the Wart-Biter Cricket. The weird name is from the Swedish practice in the 1700s of allowing crickets to bite warts from the skin (it has very strong mouth parts). I'm guessing from these fact that it was a Carl Linnaeus naming (Decticus verrucivorus - verruca meaning wart and vorous -to devour). Oh Carl couldn't you have given it a prettier name.  

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - Bugs and Creepy Crawlies - at See It On A Postcard

Sunday 15 August 2021

Out of this World


1985: Expo 85 World's Fair Tsukuba, Japan (Design Yury Artsimenev)

For the World Fair in Japan Russia decided to go into space with cosmonauts and

the Molniya 1 (Lighting) communication satellite. ( It is  a mystery to me how I read the Sunday Stamps prompt as a W, I blame my new glasses and worsening eye sight, but at least there is an M on this stamp)

Russia went futurist with 'Energy Sources of the Future' and

a city of the future which doesn't look like anywhere one would like to live without a jet pack. It it is in the shape of a leaf. I wonder what that means? Is it organic?
1992: Expo 92 in Seville

For Expo 92 in Spain the theme was 'The Age of Discovery' which celebrated the 500th Anniversary of Christopher Columbus reaching the Americas from the port of Seville. Here we are setting sail from our blue planet to Mars.  Yay another M. 

Sunday Stamps II theme this week turns out to be - the Letter M-  more at See It On A Postcard

Sunday 8 August 2021

Tokyo Olympiad


Diamond shaped stamps seems to have been a trend in 1964 for the Olympics in Tokyo

but not for everyone
Triple Jump
the vertical and

horizontal were their choice.


Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - Olympics or Japan - take a trip to See It On A Postcard

Sunday 1 August 2021

The Imagined World


One of my favourtie sets this year was the  'Classic Science Fiction'  stamps issued to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the publication of the Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (a personal favourite) and the 75th Anniversary of the death of HG Wells, who from the 19th Century "saw the coming century clearer than anyone else" in his novels..  Each of the stamps illustrations has been done by a different artist

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - 'Your Choice - travel to  See It On A Postcard