Sunday, 13 November 2011

Horse racing - the sport of kings





A set of postcards taken from the stamps issued to commemorate horse racing in 1979 using paintings as the pictures.  They were issued on the bicentenary of the Derby.

The sport of kings is often used to describe horse racing but strictly speaking it applies to polo.  Flat racing, because of its popularity with royalty is often also given the same description, but this set includes the famous Grand National race which is anything but flat.  So my title is wrong all round, but nevertheless I'm leaving it there.

This is a  post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog and all the other participants.
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11 comments:

  1. Horse riding - I find that really fascinating, maybe because I can't ride. I never wished for a pony when I was a child.

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  2. Oh my goodness, these are so lovely, they almsot seem like they should be on postcards istead of used as stamps. Of course you could find something on this line...these are excellent, and the activities in the stamps is very fun!

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  3. Somehow this set passed me by. I've never seen it before.

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  4. Lovely art. The Grand National sounds like it would be interesting to watch.

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  5. They are lovely and horses have always been a favorite of mine to see paintings.

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  6. Beautiful detail and colour. Those postcards were a great idea by Royal Mail.

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  7. Lovely cards/stamps. I think it would be fun to actually be there to see the horse racing,I've only ever seen it on tv which has very little of the excitement.

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  8. Thanks for showing us an interesting sport. Great to see this featured via paintings.

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  9. Lovely postcards! You can feel the actions portrayed in the postcards. There was a time in the Philippines that every house had a painting of horses hung on their walls; it was considered good luck. I've been on a horse carriage ride or kalesa-ride in the Philippines before but for some reason I get nervous around horses.

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  10. I started horse riding a couple of years ago but didn't pursue it once we left South Africa. It was lovely, sometimes, when I found a horse that liked me. When I went for lessons, the lady gave me one horse that evidently didn't like most people but seemed to feel sorry for me and that went pretty well.

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  11. I remember the stamps but never realised the reason for issue. They are a nice set of paintings,

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