Sunday, 26 May 2019

Sunday Stamps N4 Denmark, Germany

My stamps on Danish navigation show different eras, but nothing from the time of issue.

Denmark - 24 September 1970

From Germany (West Germany) I found a stamp supposedly concerning protection of nature.

(West) Germany - 5 June 1973
'Umweltschutz luft' however translates as environmental  protection of the air.

(West) Germany - 13 May 1976
This rather splendid EUROPA stamp depicts a newspaper boy.

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Sunday Stamps M4 Norway, South Africa, Switzerland

As it was my birthday yesterday I guess it is appropriate to start this week with a mushroom,

Switzerland - 6 March 2014
That long Latin name is for 'The Old Man of the Woods.'

From Norway I've selected another Latin name - 'Mustela erminea' - for a mammal.

Norway - 20 February 1989
We see these stoats occasionally near the local woods.

To maintain the 'M' theme I have to resort to yet another Latin name of a South African bird that is on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species - 'Morus capensis' - The Cape Gannet.

South Africa - 20 November 1974
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Sunday Stamps L4 USA

Three from America this week starting with the arrival of Lafayette.

USA - 13 June 1952

Lafayette became a friend of George Washington and fought in many battles of the American Revolutionary War from Brandywine to the Siege of Yorktown before he returned to France and took part in the French Revolution.
Statue of Liberty - 9 April 1954
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the United States. Its framework was built by Gustave Eiffel; the completed statue was dedicated in 1868.

10 September1998 
The first issue of Life Magazine in 1936 had Fort Peck on its cover. This stamp is from the Celebrating the Century series covering the 1930s.

The stamp shows the structure of Fort Peck Dam in Montana.

[For years I have referred to the US Stamp Gallery site for information on my American stamps - now unfortunately my computers warn me that this site is not secure]

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Sunday, 5 May 2019

Sunday Stamps K4 - Great Britain

When I was at school in the 1950s if you misbehaved a master or a prefect could issue you 'copies'. These had to be completed in your best writing on blue paper which had to be obtained from your House Master - in my case that meant having to collect the paper from the head table at lunch time.

I have always remembered one of the lines to be copied -
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever."
It was some years later that I found out that this was the opening line of a poem by -

Great Britain
This was issued in on 28 July 1971 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death.

Great Britain - 13 September 1972
I guess we all have heard of Marconi and his roll in the development of the radio. I did not know that it was George Kemp, a Welshman, who played an essential part in the first experiments in sending messages -- Something-in-the-air.

Great Britain - 16 January 1980
I used to see the kingfishers on the River Chater in Rutland when I was boy but unfortunately I can't remember when I last saw one on the Tees - now my much bigger local river.

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Sunday Stamps J4 Denmark, Indonesia, USA

I led a lot of training courses in Denmark but never visited one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites which has a large stone ship, two large burial mounds and the Jelling standing Rune stones. This stamp is from a landscapes series.

[Landscapes, type LA]
Denmark - 30 June 1977

Jakarta was the venue of the first Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) set up by Indonesia in 1963 as an alternative to the Olympic Games. The 36 member GANEFO sporting federation established in the same year only held one subsequent event - in 1996.

Indonesia issued a series of stamps to commemorate the Jakarta games.

[Games of the New Emerging Forces, Jakarta, type PH]
Indonesia - 10 November 1963

The following stamp commemorated a 50th Anniversary in 1968 but the Curtiss JN-4D plane was nicknamed 'Jenny ' because of its designation letters. It was the US's favourite training aircraft during WWI.

USA 15-5-1968
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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sunday Stamps I4 Iceland, Ireland, Sweden

I could have show this under H - for but saved it for this week.

Iceland - 6 October 1961
This commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the University of Iceland. Björn M. Ólsen was the first rector in 1911.

Another 50th anniversary occurred on 21 January 1969 - for the Irish Parliament.

On 5 September 1969 Sweden issued a set of stamps - Three Swedish Artists - which included --

Karl Isakson
Karl Oscar Isakson was a Swedish painter who spent much of his professional life in Denmark where he is considered to be one of the fathers of Modernism.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Sunday Stamps H4 - Ecuador, USA

I hesitate to enter into American politics but do so with a stamp from Ecuador.

This stamp was issue to commemorate Hubert Humphrey on 28 November 1978. Humphrey had been the 38th Vice President of the USA from 1965-69 under Lyndon B Johnson. He stood as Democratic presidential candidate in 1968, narrowly losing to Nixon by only 510,000 votes.

The woodwinds that open Citizen Kane, the shrieking violins of Psycho and the plaintive notes of the saxophone of Taxi Driver were all the works of Hollywood composer - 

USA 16 September 1999
Herrmann (1911-1975) was one of the composers in the American Music Series.

I wonder whether Humphrey saw these films and heard Herrmann's music.

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