21 August 2017

Postcards from Alaska

It is somehow a pleasure to look at postcards from cold places in the middle of the summer, isn't it? The following were sent by Bryon from Anchorage (Alaska, the USA), back in April:

Satellite view

Orca whale

Prince William Sound, home to Alaska's largest
concentration of calving tidewater glaciers

18 August 2017

What or Whom Is She Staring At? (Stamp)

What or whom is she staring at? is a mail art project by Heleen (the Netherlands). This was my contribution. I am glad to received again this woman in the form of a stamp!

17 August 2017

Alice's Illustrations


Envelope sent to John (UK). This year I did not wait until the year finishes to reuse some pages of the calendar!


Front & postcard

I thought that the Queen of Hearts was a good choice for Koningsdag... But I am afraid that this letter never reached Heleen's mailbox :(


Happily, these postcard sent by Bryon (the USA), did arrive safe and sound!

"I'm a poor man, your Majesty,"
the Hatter began, in trembling voice...

Just then she heard something splashing about in the pool a
little way off, and she swam nearer to make out what it was...

And also did this (big!) postcard sent by John (the UK), about the lest known adventures of Alice. (He had previously sent its twin.)

12 August 2017

Have You Ever Regretted Having Sent a Letter?

Right! That's done!
It's irrevocable!
2 hrs later...
It's a white envelope with blue writing...

Postcard sent by Phillip (the USA), design by Annie Lawson.

10 August 2017

Fishes on Postcards

These postcards were received before the summer... but I thought they are very summery! (This is a scheduled post, and I hope I will be swimming in the sea while you read this...)

Digital work by Eric (France).

Sent by Laura (the UK),with several views of Belfast City: the The Thanksgiving Sculpture (also referred as The Beacon of Hope), the City Hall Belfast, and The Big Fish with one of the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes in the background, The outer skin of the fish is a cladding of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast.

Postcard sent by Bryon (Canada). These starfish are spectacular in their pinks and mauves!

Folded card sent by Phillip. I know, I know... whales are not fishes!

08 August 2017

Poste Vaticane

For snail mail lovers, one good thing about travelling to Rome is that you can just cross St. Peter's Square and be in a different country: the Vatican, the smallest state in the world. Its Philatelic and Numismatic Office issues its own stamps. Another good thing is that you can take pictures of all  the post offices (and maybe all the mail boxes) in one day. Actually, in less than one hour.

This is a tiny post office in St. Peter's Square. I saw it after working time. It seemed too small to have so many mail boxes outside...

Maybe that is the reason why they have another (temporary? mobile?) post office in the square:


I just like the colour of that yellow-orange mail boxes (and phones!):

They are scattered throughout the square... It seems that a lot of people is sending mail from there!

But, actually, I didn't use any of those. I bought my stamps and post the cards in the other office, inside the museums. Photographs to the counter weren't allowed. So I just took pictures of that mail box that looked like a wardrobe, didn't it?

I am sorry that I couldn't send more postcards from there.

Because they are something special. And they arrived quickly and with perfect cancellations!

(One of the postcards I sent)

The blue one is an historic mail boxes that I spotted inside the Philatelic and Numismatic Museum. I thought it was no longer working. Then, I read on the website: "The historic post boxes dispersed in various key points throughout the Museums are still in perfect working order".

05 August 2017


Letter sent by Philippe (France). I guess that the picture doesn't give the idea of the beauty of this hand-painted envelope.

The stamp, issued on 27 April 2017, is about the Concours Lépine, This is a French competition for inventors created in 1901 by Louis Lépine. It was originally intended to encourage small toy and hardware manufacturers, but over the years it has grown into an annual event that includes a multitude of innovative ideas.

L'épine means 'the thorn'... And, as you can see on the envelope, this original rose won the first prize. Another clever pun!

03 August 2017

02 August 2017

Warning: Mail Activities Are Highly Addictive

I received this postcard from its creator Heleen, three years ago or so. I am glad that Phillip (the USA) sent it again, because it is a good reminder. But, as I wrote in that occasion, I am afraid that I am a hopeless case in this matter.

01 August 2017

List of Mail Films

If you are looking for movies with a prominent letter writing, postcard or postal service theme... This on the blog of Max &Co Post is probably one of the best!

31 July 2017

Variations on a theme

Drawn envelope sent to Philippe (France), with some matching stamps.

Sent to John (the UK).

30 July 2017

The Moon

Today's theme is Sunday Stamps- II is Stars or Moon or Planets. I am sure you had seen this stamp before: 

But I had to show you how perfect it looks combined with the reused page of a calendar as envelope, and a rocket mail label! It was sent by Phillip (the USA). You can see more creative uses of this stamp on Phillip's blog.

I replied with a handmade collage. Actually, it was one of those strange cases in which the answer was written before receiving the letter...

29 July 2017

Beautiful UK: Rye

A bunch of postcards of Rye sent by my friend Laura (the UK):

The Landgate

Church of St Mary the Virgin dating from 1150,
 and its graveyard (And that pink old house!)

Ypres Tower & Gun Garden

Lamb House (18th century)
Henry James and E.F. Benson lived here

Mermaid Corner Tea Rooms in Mermaid Street
(Included in my album of mermaids, of course!)

Rye town model (made by a coupe of retired teachers!)

The cobbles Tea Room

28 July 2017


Envelope sent to Laura (the UK), made of a poster of a poetry reading I attended. The woman on the envelope is Spanish poetess Gloria Fuertes (1917-1998), born this day 100 years ago.