Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sunday Stamps V4 - Great Britain - Nelson to the M4

Back in 2014 I posted stamps from Gibraltar commemorating Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar (here).

His flagship at Trafalgar was HMS Victory which I have found on a Great Britain stamp from 1951.

Great Britain - 3 May 1951
I was surprised to learn this week from a TV programme that the plane which has crossed the Atlantic fastest (after Concorde, that is) is still the Vickers VC-10. The VC-10 jet engine appeared on this stamp - 

Great Britain - 19 September 1967
On land, a series on bridges included a viaduct on the M4 motorway from London to Wales.

Great Britain - 26 April 1968
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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunday Stamps - U4 - USA, United Nations, Utah

The United Nations Charter was signed in June 1945. The United Nations organisation officially came in to existence in October 1945 when the Charter had been ratified.

USA - 25 April 1945
It was 1951 before the UN Postal Administration issued the first UN stamps. In1965 this stamp appeared showing the UN Building in New York.

The 1940s may have seen the birth of the UN, but it also saw a centenary of the State of Utah, commemorated by this stamp.

USA - 24 July 1947
It depicts pioneers first entering the Valley of the Great Salt Lake and deciding ' This is the place."

The place to see other 'U' related stamps this week is Sunday-stamps-u.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Sunday Stamps - T4 Great Britain

Many of today's telecommunications devices did not exist when the British Post Office issued a set of stamps in 1969 covering their technology.

Great Britain - 1 October 1969
This stamp covered international subscriber dialling.

The St Johns Ambulance Brigade celebrated its centenary in 1987 - one of the stamps issued in commemoration featured the transportation of transplants.

GB - 16 June 1987
When dinosaurs ruled the world you would not have wanted to run into this - 

GB - 20 August 1991
Tyrannosaurus was included in the set commemorating Sir Richard Owen's 1841 identification of dinosaurs.  'Dinosauria' is rooted in Greek and is frequently quoted as meaning 'terrible lizard. In his 1842 report Owen refers to dinosaurs as 'fearfully great', acknowledging their large size - significantly larger than that of any living reptile.  

For more 'T' related stamps please visit Sunday-stamps and follow the links provided in the comments.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Sunday Stamps 'S4' USSR, Sweden, South Africa

India and the Soviet Union signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in 1971. A stamp commemorated this friendship in 1976.

USSR - 8 September 1976
A ceiling painting from  Dädesjö church in Småland depicts St Stephen, the Stable Boy.

Sweden - 9 February 1970
South Africa  has many superb animal stamps. You could say that the Springbok is iconic too.

South Africa - 14 October 1954
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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Sunday Stamps - 'R'4' USA, Great Britain

Echo 1 was the first passive communication satellite launched in 1960. It was used to bounce radio wave signals from one point on  the earth to another.

USA - 15 December 1960
In 1778 Captain Cook, in command of the Resolution and Discovery, discovered the Hawaiian Islands. The next stamp was issued two hundred years later.

USA - 13 January 1978
A set of three stamps was issued to commemorate the ninth British Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh in 1970. the 5d stamp depicted 'runners'.

Great Britain - 15 July 1970
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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Sunday Stamps 'Q4' - Ecuador, Japan

I thought i would have to resort to stamps showing foreign queens this week until I found this stamp from Ecuador.

It depicts the Third Ecuadorian games held in the capital of Quito in 1975.

I had to cheat somewhat again by showing a Japanese national park containing the letter 'Q' on my second stamp.

Sado-Yahiko Quasi-National Park
To see other 'Q' related stamps just visit the links at Sunday-stamps-q.

How many of you remember the Japanese stamp appearing under 'J'  in an earlier A-Z round, I wonder?

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Sunday Stamps 'P4' - Belgian Congo, Benin, Greece

A flower, one of my favourite birds and a philanthropist feature on my stamps this week.

Belgian Congo - 1952
This is 'Protea lemaire'.

My next stamp is from Benin - the bird has the Latin name 'Pyrrhula pyrrhula' but I'm sure that you will recognise it. A pair visit our garden every year in May when the apple blossom appears.

Benin - 30 July1977
I had problems with reading Greek characters in the name of this man, but tracked him down eventually.

Greece - 5 November 1975
Georgios Rizaris founded a religious organisation in the newly formed Greek state that would educate priests. Today it stands in the Calandri suburb of Athens.

For other 'P' related stamps just cross over to Sunday-stamps-p and follow the links.