Sunday 26 June 2022

Sky High


1957: World Meteorological Organization

A weather balloon flying above the clouds

1973: Centenary of World Meteorological Organization (Design - T Ekstrom)

Finland celebrated the origins of the WMO, which was the 1873 Vienna International Meteorological Congress.

1958: Chinese Meteorology

China is a member of the WMO but can boast of 3000 years of records found in various historical records however their modern meteorological methods started in the 17th Century with continuous recording not happening until the mid 19th Century.

1993: Norden: Tourist Attractions

Today balloons, satellites and giant computers modelling the weather let us know what to expect when we venture to the great outdoors although Saturday here gave us three seasons in one day

2009: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

so maybe I'll just look up to the sky and hope for the best.

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - The Sky - look up See It On A Postcard

Sunday 19 June 2022



1930: Emir Abdullah bin A-Hussain

I suppose the Middle East is beard central so here is is King Abdullah, founder of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and mentor to his grandson, the late King Hussein.

1982: Maritime Heritage

Kings are a rich resource for all kinds of beards so here is someone you wouldn't want to marry if wanting a long life, Henry VIII.

1967: French Art

Not a dissimilar beard vibe going on here with Francis I, a great patron of the arts. Not only can one see this portrait by Jean Clouet in the Louvre but also one of the King's purchases which was brought to France by Leonardo da Vinci always attracts the crowds.

2011: History of the Russian Cossacks

The cossack army of Amur has arrived, I always think of them with mustaches but this one has a full beard.

1992: 100th Anniversary of Death of Werner von Siemens

At last I found a mustache, I was hoping for Frederich Nietzsche and his luxuriant mustache in my German stamps but instead of a philosopher I found the electrical engineer, inventor and industrialist,Werner Siemens 

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - Mustaches and Beards - its hairy at See It On A Postcard

Sunday 12 June 2022

The Locals


1920: Victory

The 'Victory' set of stamps were designed and printed in London in 1919 and were available there for sale 3 months before the issue was released in New Zealand. Philatelists in New Zealand received their stamps from UK dealers before they were available for sale from New Zealand's post offices. The stamp shows a Maori Chief wearing the tail feathers of the now extinct Huia and a Whakai or ear pendant made from shark teeth.

1946: Local Motives

The Tikar  people are known as great artisans, artists and story tellers and by the looks of this stamp, hair stylists.

1914-1933: Market

The long running issue from Senegal of food being prepared at a market.

1966: 100th Anniversary of the Naprstek's Ethnographic Museum, Prague

The Naprstek Museum specialises in collections of Asian, African and American culture and was founded by Vojtech Naprsek who converted his family brewery into a museum and library, after WW2 the museum has focused on non European culture.

And lastly I couldn't resist including this happy person - Kachima a 'good spirit' of the Hopi tribe.

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - indigenous people - meet them at See It On A Postcard