Sunday 28 May 2023



1947: Flowers (Design - Hans Fischer)
The joy of early spring flowers, I like how this stamp hints at the darkness of winter and the bright yellow of sunny days ahead. This is an Alpine Primrose which I read is now a rare resident of the limestone Alps.
1968: Flowers

Fast forward to summer and the Heliopsis which I love and is sometimes unkindly called the false sunflower so

2000: Millennium - Tree and Leaf

here is the real thing although most spectacular when there are hundreds of sunflowers in a field.

2008: Grains (Design Beatrice Wurgler) + 2007: Birds (Design - Eva Weber)

Golden fields of barley are wonderful in a different way with their quiet rustling in the warm winds of summer. If one walked through the fields a Great Tit might be spotted although is more likely to be seen in woodlands and at the garden feeder.

2013: Europa - Postman's Van (Design - Gunter Gamroth)

Yellow is a popular postal colour and how inviting this image is, it makes me want to jump into the driving seat.  The vehicle is Lloyd Electrowagen of 1911 used for parcel delivery in towns and suburbs.  The German Postal Service continued to use electric vehicles until the 1960s, indeed some of them were so robust that they had been running for 40 years. Today Deutsche Post return to that era in spirit as they hope to have 60% of their vehicles running electrically by 2030.

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


Sunday 14 May 2023

Women of the World


2014: 15th Anniversary of the Birth of Alice Tegnér (Design Eva Wilsson; Engraver Lars Sjööblom)

Alice Tegnér was considered musical at an early age and took piano and organ lessons but her family could not afford to let her train as a musician so she trained as a teacher. When she married her lawyer husband, who she met while working as a governess, they moved to Djurshom where she became involved with the musical community. At home the songs she composed were sung by her children and then her children's playmates sang the same songs. This eventually led to them being published as  'Sing with us Mamma' and between 1892 and 1934 nine booklets were issued. Not only did she compose many children's songs still sung today in Sweden but classical and sacred music as well. In her busy life she also taught, played the organ and was a choir leader.

2005: Greta Garbo - Sweden/USA Joint Issue

Someone who needs no introduction - Greta Garbo, or her given name Greta Lovisa Gustafson.  The stamps are from a photograph taken by Clarence Sinclair Bull during filming of 'As You Desire Me' (1932).  The drawing is by Einar Nerman. Two famous names did the engraving Piotr Naszarkowski for the film photo and Lars Sjööblom, the drawing. I think it would what she would have demanded! The FDC shows a scene from 'The Temptress' (1926) with Antonio Moreno
1986: Costumes

The women of Mongolia.  Would you like to wear the pink or

black and gold?  No need to choose now, there seems to be an endless variety of traditional costumes in Mongolia.

Sunday Stamps theme this week - Women - See It On A Postcard

Sunday 7 May 2023



1955: Landscapes

Le Pont Valentré, built in the 14th Century can only be crossed on foot so plenty of time to admire the view. It took 70 years to build and the reason why is told in the legend involving the devil  here

1964: The Border Society (Design - M Stage; Engrave Cz Slania)

A more rustic but impressive small bridge whose stones were cleaved from a single granite boulder.  Immervad Bridge in Northern Schleswig has been here since 1786 originally for cattle breeders to transport their livestock from Denmark to markets in Hamburg and Rendsburg, Germany.

2018: Europa: Bridges and Causeways

Top and sheet - the Havre des Pas tidal bathing pool built in the 1890s and renovated in 1994 consisting of  the pier, pool and lido.  

Bottom - Queen's Valley Reservoir completed in 1991 and is actually two reservoirs. The bridge is on a rock filled embankment separating the two pools.

Sunday Stamps theme this week is - Bridges - cross over to See It On A Postcard for more.