Sunday 29 March 2020

Sepia Saturday - Seaside Social Distancing

It has been a long time since I last contributed to Sepia Saturday but obeying Boris's call to stay at home forced me to tidy up my office. In the process I came upon a postcard from the seaside town of Ilfracombe on the North Devon Coast.

No vehicles in sight so these promenaders did not drive to the beauty spot. The bandstand appears to be empty and there is no sign of ice cream stalls.

Whether social distancing was practised in those days it's hard to tell.

The hill obscures the sea I think and that's the closest I can get to matching this week's 

Sunday Stamps - Architecture: Austria

Austria has issued a number of stamps featuring architectural monuments. However I have been unable so far to verify what the monuments are.

Austria - 30 August 1958
Austria - 1 February 1960
Other than that they are in Vienna and Salzburg the designers' names have got me no further - can anyone help?

Sunday Stamps  features more architecture for you to admire.

Sunday 22 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Signs of Spring; Great Britain

The snowdrops in our garden have just about finished, miniature daffodils and primulas are in full bloom, bluebells have yet to open. That's why I thought these should be my signs of spring today.

Great Britain - Spring Wild Flowers - 21 May 1979
Left to right:

  • Primroses
  • Daffodils
  • Bluebells
  • Snowdrops
For further signs of spring visit Sunday Stamps and follow the links.

Sunday 15 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Celebrations: USA

The USA Celebrate the Century series seemed an ideal place to go this week yet I didn't expect the three stamps I've chosen to relate to years before I was born,

USA - 28 May 1998

But the years celebrated for Babe Ruth were the 1920s, as it was also for The Gatsby Style - 

USA - 28 May 1998
However it is the Tin Lizzie for the 1900s that I think deserves pride of place,

USA - 3 February 1998
The Model T Ford, that 4 cylinder, 20 horsepower car, also earned the title in 1999 of 'The Car of the Twentieth Century'.

To join in other celebrations just follow the links to be found at Sunday Stamps - Celebrate

Sunday 8 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Flowers: Germany

I nearly saved the stamps for when blue became a theme.

Germany - 3 January 2011
I confess that I had not heard of a Balloon Flower before.

This one I knew however - 

Blue Gentian
Germany - 7 July 2011
Even if you are feeling blue you will find some other floral offerings by following the links at Sunday Stamps - tulips

Sunday 1 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Lions or lambs: India. Iran

They say that March comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb. All I can say is that this year March came in earlier in February with the very strong winds and there are no lambs about, with the latter rather like my stamps. Even the lions proved a bit sparse too until I found four back to back.

This became the official Emblem of India in 1950. It is a representation of the Capital on the Ashoka Pillar. The Lion Capital of Ashoka itself now resides in an Indian museum; it was carved out of a single block of polished sandstone.

The Capital appears on India's official postage stamps.

India - 1957
I found another design also showing the Capital with detail I hadn't noticed until I scanned this stamp.

India 1967
I'd missed that Refugee Relief completely.

From Iran I found a different lion - 

Iran - 1950 to 1976
This was a postal tax stamp issued to benefit the Red Lion and Sun Society of Iran. The Society was established in 1922 and admitted to the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement in 1923. Because of its association with the late Shah it was replaced with the Red Crescent as in other Muslim countries.

For real lions and hopefully some lambs check out what others have posted by following the links at Sunday Stamps - lion