Monday, 7 April 2014

Cards and stamps

1475 - a lovely miniature sheet of stamps from Katya in Ukraine.  And this was the card -

1477 - Storz Fountain, Memorial Building, Joslyn Art Museum, USA.  This is one of Omaha's many attractions and a favourite with Danielle.

1478 - And Colom's Market in Valencia is a favourite with Eva.

1479 - A Czech map from Pavel.  It is one of six cards that a group of Czech Postcrossers printed at their own expense.

I love this stamp -

1484 - This is from a different Katya, one from Russia -

This painting is by Vasiliy Tropinin (1780-1857), a wonderful Russian artist that I hadn't come across before.  Thanks Katya, not just for the card but for introducing me to Tropinin.

1485 - Arianne put one or two stamps on her envelope and the dreaded franking machine didn't obliterate them.

1485 - A postcrossing stamp, this on from Victoria in Belarus -
1487 - I love Elliot Erwitt's photography.  This one of Marilyn Monroe was from Danielle.

1488 - Miseme from Spain sent me Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.  Well, a photo of them! 

And finally, for this post, a number of Ukrainian stamps from a set that I think is very attractive.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

It is April - where did March go?

1601 - From Monica in Sweden.  I have had Lena Anderson's January to April so far.  I wonder if I'll get any more (hint, hint!)  The following cards and letters arrived in late February and early March.

1441 - 'At the Window' by Hans Heyerdahl (1857-1913), from Danielle in the USA.

1443 - Mon ami Francais, Damien, has just been to New York.

1446 - Beynac (Dordogne) - a typical landscape of the Dordogne Valley from Damien.

A letter from Eva in Morocco -

1455 - This is a card I sent myself.  Why, you may ask.  I was testing whether my request to the postal sorting office to hand stamp my postcards was being taken note of.  The card itself is one of my absolute favourites.

The Post Office did frank it by hand so the card wasn't damaged by the machinery and the framk looks so much nicer than the machine one.

1461 - This super card came from Ellen, a postcrosser from Amsterdam.

1470 - This picture is by Cornelis Jetses (1873-1955) and is entitled 'Close to Home'.  It was sent by a postcrosser from a Netherlands, Margriet.

1472 - Katya, my 8 year old friend from Ukraine, has recognised that I am fond of football and not only sent me this super card but also gave me a link to a cartoon showing the cossacks playing against some other European teams.  The cartoon was made in 1970 but actually reflected the Ukrainian group in Euro 2012 which was held in Ukraine and Poland.  It's a super cartoon.

This was one of the stamps -