Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday Stamps U3 - Germany, Netherlands, Sweden

 Some letters are proving more difficult as we near the end of another A-Z round but the DDR gave me an unexpected surprise with - 
DDR (East Germany) - 6 December 1967
This was Walter Ulbricht, the German communist leader and someone I vaguely remember.

In the Netherlands I came across this heavily postmarked commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the United Nations Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Netherlands - 17 May 1965
Finally it was Sweden that came to mind, I just knew that Uppsala would appear on a stamp - even in this case with a double U.
Sweden - 2 June 1977
Founded in the 1477 it was a donation from King Gustavus that put Uppsala University on a sound financial footing.The stamp commemorates its 500th anniversary.

For 'u' to see more related stamps visit the links at Seeitonapostcard

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Sunday Stamps T3 - USA

The UK press has had articles this week about Tombstone and 'The Gunfight at OK Corral.' I preferred the film 'High Noon' myself - and the ballad that accompanied it.

In case you are wondering what Frankie Laine has to do with 'T' related stamps, this is who composed the music for both films.
USA - 16 September 1999
This stamp came from the American Music Series for Hollywood Composers.
On the clear morning of August 6, 1945  Little Boy, the first atomic bomb, was dropped on Japan. The man who authorised that act was - 
USA - 18 February 1999
Fortunately the stamp does not commemorate the act. The stamp from the Celebrate the Century Series chose this for the 1940s. Truman is reputed to have had a sign on his desk declaring 'The Buck Stops Here'.

Tom Sawyer is said to be the first book written (in 1904) on a typewriter - by 
USA - 25 June 2011
The stamp is part of the Literary Art Series.

I cannot find a date on the copy of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' that sits on one of our bookcases - but its pages are turning brown!

For other 'T' related stamps check the links at Sunday-stamps-t.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Sunday Stamps - S3 - Great Britain

Thanks to the Royal Mail's slip-up I have a new 'S' this week.

Sarmi, in the Dutch New Guinea (now Indonesia) was where American troops landed on 17 May 1945.

The Royal Mail issued a preview of stamps for 2019 intended to depict the D-Day landing of Allied troops in France on 6 June 1944.

Unfortunately this was the Americans landing at Sarmi!

{I wonder whether any of these stamps will ever be on the market}

It was plain sailing for  my other stamps this week.

Great Britain - 11 June 1975 - Sailing Dinghies
Later that year (13 August) the Royal Mail commemorated the 150th Anniversary of Public Railways; the set included - 

I included all trains in the set when explaining the connection between my local town and the start of the Stockton & Darlington Railway here.

Meanwhile for more 'S' stamps check out the links at Sunday-stamps-s.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Christmas 2018 on Sunday Stamps - Great Britain

It has been a disappointing year so far for Christmas stamps. I've only seen two and none from overseas so far. 

Despite the Royal Mail showing postbox scenes these are the only two that have graced our letter box among last year's stamps and definitive 2nd class.

I have had to go back as far as 1967 to find a set that I haven't shown before.

You have to have the eyes of a hawk to see the Queen's head on these.

From left to right, they depict: 

  • The Adoration of the Shepherds' (School of Seville)
  • The Adoration of the Shepherds' (Louis le Nain)
  • Madonna and Child (Murillo)
Merry Christmas greetings to all who read my blog and especially to those who participate in Sunday Stamps where if you visit The Sunday Stamps Christmas you will find other stamps to admire.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Sunday Stamps - Really 'R3' this time - USA

Finally it has registered with me that we have reached the letter 'R' so perhaps this stamp is an apt reminder.
USA - 27 June 1966
Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926) was an American Artist of the Old American West. Among his many paintings was one called 'Jerked Down' - see for yourself what this meant.
USA - 19 March 1964
For 'R' related stamps check out Sunday-stamps-r.

Sunday Stamps R3 - USA

I've posted stamps of Pulitzer Prize winners before (Margaret Mitchell, Theodore Roethke) but when I saw this stamp I wondered what Joseph Pulitzer would make of the Press and social media today.
USA - 10 April 1947
I was forced to check out more about the man at Pulitzer biography. Well worth reading.

When it comes to words beginning with 'P', phthisiologist was new to me.
USA -12 May 2008
Phthisiology covers the care and treatment of tuberculosis in the lung and is a special area of pulmonology. The Greek for phthisis designated by Hippocrates means "consumption".

Edward Trudeau, the man on the stamps, established the first laboratory in the US for the study of TB.

A legend of a different kind is the man who starred as Atticus Finch.
USA - 28 April 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize for Harper Lee in 1961.

For the 'P' related stamps please visit Sunday-stamps-r

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sunday Stamps Q3 - Great Britain

 The third time round in an A-Z 'Q' was bound to be a problem were it not for the longest serving monarch in British History celebrated by Australia in 2015.

Australia - 9 September 2015
Another Commonwealth country commemorated its 100th anniversary in 1967 also with the Queen.

Canada - 8 February 1967
Queen Elizabeth II and the Northern Lights
For other 'Q' related posts please check out the links at Sunday-stamps-q.