Sunday, 18 January 2015

Import export



1990 marked the 25th anniversary of Queen's Award for Export and Technology when these two PHQ stamp cards were issued.  It was originally known as the Queen's Award to Industry, became for Export and Technology in 1975, and then in 1992 Environmental Achievement was added too.

I also found this stamp from India, for the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade


which I thought fitted in well with the theme.

I'm continuing to tiptoe around with a poorly computer and, to make things more exciting, an unrelated unreliable internet connection.  Maybe by next week I'll be all singing, all dancing again. Maybe.

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


Friday, 16 January 2015

A nice cup of tea


When it's cold outside, as it is here at the moment, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea (with maybe a biscuit or two).  This pen and ink drawing of a Russian couple enjoying the warmth is by Anatoly Kudravcev.  He was born in the village of Shanevo and this image is one of several he has drawn of village life.  I suspect village life is the same the world over.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit her and join in.


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Astronomy is not astrology


I have had one of those long standing battles with my aging PC this week and have been backing up everything full speed (dead slow).  That should guarantee the aging PC will stagger on for another few months so that I can't justify buying a nice whizzy fast one just yet.  So I apologise for not having visited people.  I should do better .

Astrology evaded me but I found a few examples of astronomy and this one made me smile.  A rather puzzled smile but a smile.

The set of stamps, here shown as PHQ stamp cards, was issued in 1991 to mark Europe in Space and the work at the observatory in the Canary Islands.  They were designed by a Belgian artist (sticking to the European theme) and apparently are intended to make people wonder.  Yes, they do that.  One pair symbolises man looking out to space and the other someone looking back at man.

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

Monday, 29 December 2014

Seoul


A pictorial map of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

The Floating Island in the River Han is in fact made up of three artificial islands built between 2009 and 2010.  They provide spaces for performing arts, entertainment and events, and water sports.

At the other end of the spectrum is Gyeongbok Palace which was built in 1395.  It has been undergoing restoration since 1990 after 90% of the buildings were destroyed in the early 20th century while Japan occupied the country.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Toys on stamps


Andy Pandy was a made-for-television character, a long time ago in the 1950s, but as he was a puppet and seen here with Teddy, I think they qualify as toys. This PHQ stamp card was issued by Royal Mail in a series of Children's TV at the very beginning of the year, 7 January 2014.



From the Ukraine is an illustration resulting from a competition held by UNESCO for children to draw their rights. Until I discovered the title, I was about to complain about the boys playing with toy boats, trains and so on while the girl had a doll.  But she also has a small aeroplane.  The title is "“Girls also want to be pilots!"

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

Friday, 26 December 2014

The Green Umbrella


When I was a little girl my aunt used to send me a series of books all about AmeliarAnne.  One of them was "AmeliarAnne and the Green Umbrella".  I never much liked the books but for some reason this one stuck in my mind, well, the title did.

So when this Christmas postcard arrived I immediately thought of AmeliarAnne. I know the little girl is sheltering from the snow but I could do with an umbrella tonight because we are having a torrential downpour as I write this. Except that I have no intention of setting foot out of doors until it stops.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit and join in.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Season's Greetings


All best wishes to everyone for the festive season
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