Sunday 28 July 2019

Sunday Stamps - W4 Sweden

At least Sweden has a 'W' in its name. However I did not expect to find so many relevant stamps from here.

If you fancy a trip on a boat then why not travel on a Waxholm boat.

Sweden - 1 January 1971
It at least does not want the wind to drive it unlike this structure with sails.

Sweden - 4 June 1971
I visited the town of Vasteras in the 1980s but not the Town Hall outside which stands a sculpture - The Grotto of the Winds - by Eric Grate

Sweden - 27 January 1976
For other 'W' related stamps please check out the links at Sunday Stamps.

Thursday 25 July 2019

New Fence and Snail Rail

We think that the garden fence we have just had to replace had been there for 50 years.

The new fence with concrete posts should last much longer and not be defeated by the ivy with stems of 2 inches diameter should it dare to come back.

Even if hidden by the equally new garden shed.

A recent thunderstorm has changed the character of a different fence alongside a wood which I pass every day.

It has now become 

The snail rail
Scores of snails about the size of my thumbnail  occupy the top rail.

Each snail train possesses different livery - 

Some have even found the way to change rail lines to avoid congestion.

I shall have to check it out again tomorrow as more storms are forecast for tonight.

Meanwhile, all aboard the 'Snail Rail' for Good Fences.

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
To view more 'V' stamps check out the links to be found at Sunday Stamps here.

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.