22 October 2017

Sunday Stamps | L(aw)

For the letter L of Sunday Stamps-II. I have chosen another theme that I find curious: stamps devoted to legal texts.


French stamp issued on 15 March 2004, to commemorate the bicentenary of the promulgation of the Civil Code, on 21 March 1804 (30 Ventôse, year XII), by Napoleon Bonaparte. More information about the stamp here (in French). It features a modern Justice holding the code.


A Mexican stamp that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Constitución de 1857, issued on 5 February 2016. Designer: Ricardo Venegas Gómez.



In 2015, the Royal Mail issued a set of six stamps to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna CartaThe stamps feature major charters, bills and declarations that have developed the rule of law in the centuries since around the world. The three that I have received, from 1265 to 2013. Complete information about this issue.




And one stamp from 1987 that I have recently received, that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the drafting of the United Sates Constitution.

21 October 2017

Alice in a Meeting


This postcard was sent in July by Bryon (the USA). But, actually, signed by several postcrossers that attended a Postcrossing meeting... Which made it still more interesting!



I had received a different version of this postcard some time ago.

And more Alice: on this envelope from John (the UK), I received a new stamp from a beloved set:

20 October 2017

From the Present and Past


By sheer coincidence, this letter from Fabienne (France), arrived together with John's... but safe and sound, this time! I don't know if you can appreciate from the picture how beautiful this is: the lighthouse is glued to the envelope, and the sea horse... is made from wood! The stamps match very well, too:


The sender included postcards from a place she visited: Le Tréport, and its lighthouse. The first witten by her. The others, bought in a second-hand shop; and amazingly, written by the same people on 18 September 1972 and on 17 September 1986.




Do you know the Twitter account Postcard from the Past? They publish old postcards from holidays with just a sentence of what was written on the back. Sometimes it seems silly, out of context. But most of the time it intrigues me. I always think of the life of the people who write exactly that, at a given time, probably without paying a lot of attention... 


On the back of these postcards, Louis and Henriette just speak of weather and how well (and how much!) they are eating and sleeping. It sounds like the perfect holidays, except for the wind.



Post added to Maria's link, Postcards for the Weekend. This week, the theme is Lighthouses. Actually, I receive lighthouses quite often, for what I am very happy.

19 October 2017

Déchirée


It seems that this mail art envelope sent by John (the UK), has suffered some accidents in way. At least, rain and... a mail monster attack? Because the post service in Casablanca (!) says on the back that it was déchirée ('ripped, torn'). So they tried to repair it with tape, as you can see. 

Anyway... it arrived! With a lot of beautiful lighthouses inside, that I will show in another post.

18 October 2017

University Views


Exeter University (England, UK). Sent by John. This postcard arrived a bit wretched, after having travelled during more than two months from the UK.


Royals Roads University (British Columbia, Canada). Sent by Bryon.

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Ooops!


It seems that I had two more postcards, received some time ago, that had been unfairly neglected (and banned from the album!): Queen's University in Belfast (North Ireland, the UK), and the University of Cambridge (England, the UK).

16 October 2017

From Bosnia & Herzegovina


It is always a pleasure to add a new country to the list of received mail. This is my first postcard from Bosnia and Herzegovina, sent by Sally (who arrived to the blog thanks to the A to Z Challenge).

The postcard shows the National and University Library. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the siege of Sarajevo, in the night from 25th to 26 August 1992, the enemies shelled Vijećnica where the library was located at that time. As a result, many of its archival and library holdings were destroyed. It has been rebuilt since.

Also you can seethe Latin Bridge, an Ottoman bridge over the river Miljacka. The northern end of the bridge was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, which started the World War I.

15 October 2017

Sunday Stamps | K(limt)


Special stamp depicting Portrait of Fritza Riedler (1906) by Gustav Klimt, issued on 14 July 2012, commemorating the 150th birthday of the artist. Design by Adolf Tuma.

The original work (Oil on canvas, 152 x 134 cm) is located in the Belvedere Palace in Vienna and is part of the world's largest collection of Klimt paintings.

Added to Sunday Stamps-II, for the letter K.

14 October 2017

09 October 2017

Mail from Mexico!

These pieces of mail where sent by Bryon from Mexico (plus another postcard to be published). They took two to three months to arrive.

Agave Landscape
UNESCO WHS

Hidalgo Garden, in Tlaquepaque



This is a very original one. The menu of a restaurant in Sacramento (California, the USA), but sent from Mexico as well. It is a big A3, folded twice... The kind of things that the owners never suspect to be sent by mail. Let alone to Morocco!

08 October 2017

Sunday Stamps | J(heronymus Bosch)


This set of 10 stamps was presented on 4 January 2016 with the title 500 Years of Jhieronymus Bosh, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the painter. On each stamp is a significant scene from his work the The Haywain Triptychcurrently housed in the Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain). The edge of each stamp features a brief explanation, written by Jos Koldeweij, Professor of Medieval Art History at Radboud University Nijmegen and an expert on Bosch’s work. 

I was really happy to see this impressive painting in person, last year, and then to receive the receive the whole set on a packet from Heleen (the Netherlands).


I am adding this post to Sunday Stamps-II, for the letter J (Although in English the name begins with an H...!)

07 October 2017

Two Birdies


It happened again: These two arrived the same morning, on a postcard from Micu (Hungary) and on another postcard from Heleen (the Netherlands). I think I heard trills when I was approaching to the mailbox...

06 October 2017

Back to School


Cover of the Ladybird book Read and Write, 1964, by William Murray. Illustrated by J. J. Wingfield. Postcard sent by Laura (the UK).

I added it to Postcards for the Weekend; the theme this week is Children.

05 October 2017

Plain Paper Bag


Eric's mail art call made me discover that there are a lot of funny ways of reuse a paper bag. But, also, you can just send it, like this letter from Josep. It contained a short letter and a little nice book.

03 October 2017

Maybe These Cows Are Friends...


Thatched cottage typical of the type to be found along the West coast of Ireland from Donegal to Kerry. Sent by Laura (the UK).


Le Beaufortain, Savoie. Le col des Saisies (1650 m). Pâturage face à la station et au Massif du Mont Blanc. Sent by Maria (France).

(Both postcards, sent on 23 July and 11 August, arrived the same day in Morocco.)