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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Castles on Sunday Stamps - Denmark, West Germany

 From Denmark and the island of Funen comes a medieval  castle where King Eric V signed Denmark's first constitution in 1252. The castle was also the venue for the country's first parliament, the Danehof.

Denmark - 16 Aug 1954 - Castle Nyborg

From an island location to two wasserschloss in Germany which appeared on West German stamps before reunification. A wasserschloss is a castle surrounded by a moat.

West Germany - 13 January 1973 - Gluckburg Castle

This water castle on the Flensburg Fjord was built from 1553 - 1597 by the son of a Danish king and is now a museum.

The water castle in Inzlingen is on the southwestern border of Germany near the Swiss city of Basel.

West Germany - 14 February 1980

Neuschwanstein Castle lies in a village near the town of F├╝ssen
in South West Bavaria.

West Germany - 13 January 1977

For more impressive castles visit the links at Sunday Stamps

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Sunday Stamps - Under the Sea: Australia, Belize

 Marine life seems to be a suitable topic for 'Under the Sea' but slugs were not initially in my mind until I saw Bennetts Nudibranch.

Australia - 18 June 1984

They seem to be having fun.

Belize's coral reef also seems to be the place for life of a different sort as shown on these stamps also from the same year.


Belize - 27 April 1984

To spend more time under water then please visit the links at Relics at Sunday Stamps



Sunday, 8 November 2020

Sunday Stamps - Military: Great Britain

On Remembrance Sunday  what could be more appropriate than - 

Great Britain - 26 August 1971

In these Covid times we are being asked today to stand at 11am on our doorsteps in silence to remember them.

1971 saw the 50th anniversary of the British Legion.

For the military issues just visit the links at Sunday Stamps today.

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Sepia Saturday - M- Mendelsshon

 It's a long time since I last appeared on Sepia Saturday but when I saw that you had reached 'M' in the alphabet series I just knew I had to take part.


I may not be able to show you machines or a lady working with them.

However  I came across a gentleman not known, or traced by me. There is no doubt about the photographer - 


Hayman Selig Mendelssohn (1847 -1908) had studios in London and Newcastle and was also photographer to Her Majesty Queen Victoria and the Royal Family.

This portrait found on a market stall in the North East of England contains interesting information on the back.


It is most frustration that I cannot read the signature but it appears to have been written in December (?) 1888.

And the number of photographic medals also fit nicely into our theme for 'M'.

For other 'M' related posts please visit the links at Sepia Saturday 545

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Sunday Stamps - Front Line Workers: Great Britain, Iceland

I understand hat a number of countries will issue stamps relevant for these COVID times. However I have been disappointed to find that we do not really have many stamps that address front line workers at all.

the Salvation Army provides support to many and their centenary was celebrated as long ago as 1965.

Great Britain - 9 August 1965

A set of stamps  was issued for the police, 150 years after it was formed.

Great Britain - 28 September 1979

When it comes to nurses I could only find a District Nurse - in a set commemorating the centenary of the first telephone call.

Great Britain - 10 March 1976

For a stamp depicting a nurse  I had to visit Iceland - 

Iceland - 19 June 1970

 and that was for the 50th anniversary of the Icelandic Nurses Association.

To see front line workers found by others just visit the links at Sunday Stamps.