Sunday 28 November 2021



1998: Sports

Here is the hapless FC Knudde goalkeeper saving the boot but not the ball. From John Le Noble's comic strip 'Jaap and Joop' recording the ups and downs of FC Knudde which has been published since 1973.

2011: Animated Films by Loriot

If you don't like football how-about a day at the races.  The 4 stamps of the set are of  Lariot's most famous short cartoons.

1999: Erich Kastner - Birth Centenary

On his way to Berlin Emil has his money sewn in his pocket but when he arrived it is stolen. Emil and the detectives are following the robber on the stamp. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner was published in 1931 and has never been out of print. The illustrations were by Walter Trier.

2012: Comics

Lastly here is Desperate Dan, the world's strongest man with a beard so tough he shaves with a blowtorch. He appeared in the first issue of the Dandy in 1937. The print addition ran for 75 years.

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - Comics or Illustrations - See It On A Postcard

Sunday 21 November 2021



2018: Hampton Court Palace

Highly manicured trees in the Great Fountain Garden at Hampton Court

2019: Forests

and autumn at the National Arboretum Acer Glade

2003 and 2002: Holidays in Austria

The Calvary trees at Heiligenkreuz Abbey brings us

2012: Winter (Design - Ditte Rosenorn Holm)

to winter and one of Denmark's favourite winter songs ' The Snow Lies Heavy' which tells the story of a little bird perched on a frozen branch as it song ushers in Spring,  Ditte Holm's 3 stamp set illustrate the song (I only have this one of a cold winter night).

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - Trees - visit See It On A Postcard 

Sunday 14 November 2021



2014: Carl Michael Bellman (Design Beata Bouch and Gustav Martensson Engraver Lars Sjooblomm)

One of my favourite stamp designs despite knowing nothing about this Swedish composer, musician and poet, Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795) who also is famous for writing drinking songs.

1983: Music in Sweden

On slightly firmer ground with this FDC. Playing the piano is the composer and conductor Wilhelm Stenhammer, on baritone sax,  -Lars Gulliton, a fiddler in the middle, the composer Karl-Birger  Biomdahl's space opera Aniara and lastly of course ABBA back in the limelight this year with their new album.
1987: 125th Anniversary of the Choral Society

Everyone gets a chance to sing along with this pretty stamp

2020: Queen
Royal Mai's continuing series of pop legends and Queen's first albums.  Queen II was released in 1974 and contained their first Top Ten hit, Seven Seas of Rhye. (Today the picture is more associated with Bohemian Rhapsody but that would not be issued until 1975)  Next is Sheer Heart Attack from 1974 with their breakthrough global hit 'Killer Queen'

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - Music - hear it in your head and See It On A Postcard

Sunday 7 November 2021

By Road and Rail


1965: Opening of Mont Blanc Road Tunnel (Design Rene Cottet)

A winding road with, I imagine, spectacular views or

1977: Europa - Landscapes (Design - Schilliger)

for something faster with changing views perhaps the Rhon autobahn. The longest motorway in Germany, starting near the Danish border and finishing at the Austrian border.

2010: Great British Railway

Or let the train take the strain, even better if it is steam. The stamps show BR Class 9F and the Evening Star, the last steam train built by British Rail and the GWR King Class - King William IV. This may not be a bridge but perhaps be the sea wall or the River Teing estuary. I've never ridden the rails on this part of south western England so my knowledge is zero. My full knowledge is when there are winter storms then the news often shows big waves coming up and over this coastal line in south Devon.  

2006: Brunel 1806-1859

This is definitely a bridge - the Maidenhead Railway Bridge crossing the Thames on the London Paddington to Bristol route of the Brunel's Great Western Railway nicknamed God's Wonderful Railway or later because it was often a holiday route - the Great Way Round.

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - Roads, train tracks or bridges - See It On A Postcard