Sunday, 17 May 2015


Neither of these PHQ stamp cards are in my possession because I've sent them to people who collect mushroom cards.  Personally, although I find them interesting, I don't think they are attractive at all and even verge on being sinister.  Day of the Triffids and all that.  I think I read that book too young.

The first, as you can see, was issued in 1988 and ten years later came the second.  Interestingly, the 34p stamp was the highest value of the set, as was the 63p in 1998.  Now 63p is the first class internal mail rate, just seven years later again.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


Sometimes I receive cards that have no particular significance apart from being pleasant to look at. And this is one of them. It's title is "Summer" and that seems fair enough, it does look summery - and today was the warmest day this year here.  Very appropriate.

It was sent from Belarus where it was 19 degrees C (66 F) at the time of sending.

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Stuart Highway

John McDouall Stuart was the first explorer to cross Australia from south to north and back again.  He followed roughly the route of what is now the Stuart Highway which stretches from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in Northern Territory, 2,834 km or 1,761 miles.  This map of the route was sent to me earlier this year.

It passes through and near some interesting places such as the Woomera Test Range (no stopping), Alice Springs,

I don't know if you can read the inset Danger notice, because even the larger scan doesn't show it well. It reads Danger: unmarked holes.  Don't run.  Beware deep shafts.  Don't walk backwards.

The highway gained some notoriety a few years ago because of the disappearance of an English tourist, Peter Falconio while travelling along the highway with his girlfriend.  Even though his body was never found, a man was eventually convicted of his murder.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Peace and Freedom

When I first thought of the theme of "peace", I thought of a dove but the only stamps cards I could find were Christmas ones, and I've posted them before when the theme was birds, I believe.

Then I thought of the rose called "Peace" but all the roses I could find had other names.  I was sure I had a card of that rose but no, I didn't.

So, I'm left with a set of stamps and stamp cards, not my favourite designs, which were issued in 1995 under the title "Peace & Freedom".  It's something of a conglomeration of anniversaries though I suppose they are all linked in a way to peace:

150th anniversary of the British Red Cross
50th anniversay of the end of World War II
50th anniversary of the United Nations.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, in its current home at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Friday, 8 May 2015


Alice in Wonderland, by George Dunlop Leslie, 1879.

Since it's Mother's Day tomorrow in many parts of the world, I thought this picture of a mother reading to her daughter might be appropriate.  This is, in fact Leslie's own daughter, Alice.

The picture hangs in the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton.  It is one of the 54 tiny pictures of women reading on the postcard I received last December.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Vote Now!

To mark the day for the 2015 General Election when we in the UK have the chance to vote for our Members of Parliament, here is a reminder to vote.  It is a card illustrated by Mabel Lucie Atwell, a British illustrator of magazines, books and postcards, amongst other things..

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Dürkopp Diana

In 1860 Nicholas Dürkopp, with Carl Schmidt, started a factory for the production of sewing machines.  In 1876, Carl Schmidt was handsomely recompensed and "allowed leave".  After that time, the factory started to produce bicycles and became very successful. Cycles under the Dürkopp name continued to be sold until 2006 though manufactured by Biria AG.

Nowadays, Dürkopp Adler AG, manufactures industrial sewing machines, so in a way you could say the company has come full circle.  It is still in Bielefeld, Germany.

This card is a reproduction of advertising published between 1900 and 1914 and was sent to me from Germany.
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