Sunday, August 11, 2013

Teddy with a lamp and George V - a postcard from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 06/06/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 26 days

A card from my friend Scriptor

Teddy with a lamp

Lamps as we know them first appeared about 72 000 years ago. Humans used shells or hollowed rocks to place tinder and animal fat to lit it. Later humans started to create lamps through pottery technology and work with metal as well. In the 1700s the central burner was created. Thereafter glass workers created a glass enclosure over the flame to keep it safe. In a decade after that the classic gas lamp was invented. In 1879 Thomas Edison created his incandescent bulb to give space for improving table lamps. In 1930s table lamps became regular in every home. 

Elizabeth II and George V

George V was the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India from 6 May 1910 till 20 January 1936. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons over the unelected House of Lords. In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognized the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent kingdoms within the Commonwealth of Nations.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

North Wales map and a cooperage - an envelope from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 31/05/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 18 days

An envelope from my friend Scriptor


Poor Teddy

James Greig's cooperage

This one is a photo of a cooperage in Liverpool, which dates back to the year of 1900. The cooper's craft traditionally had four divisions. The "dry" cooper made containers for dry goods - cereals, tobacco, vegetables and fruits. The "dry-tight" cooper made containers for keeping dry goods in and moisture out. The "white cooper" made containers like washtubs and butter churns to hold water and other liquids. The "wet" or "tight" cooper made containers for long-term storage and transportation of liquids. 

North Wales map, Wirral with a red cross is where John lives :)

North Wales (Gogledd Cymru in Welsh) is the northernmost region of Wales, which was known as the Kingdom of GwyneddTwo of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Wales are located here - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and canal and the Edwardian castles and town walls(CaernarfonBeaumaris, Conwy and Harlech)

Elizabeth II and Mr. Potato

Mr. Potato comes from a set of ten nicely photographed fruit and vegetable stamps, accompanied by 72 stickers. The idea is that you can create your own fruit and vegetable faces :)


Happy postcrossing - a card from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 31/05/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 18 days

A card from my friend Scriptor

Happy postcrossing!

"Send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world!"

Stamps from Belarus ;)

Elizabeth II and Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Marc Wigginsborn in 1980 and nicknamed "Wiggo", is a road and track cyclist. Bradley became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympic Games in 2012. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The story of the first postage stamp


The Penny Black - the world’s first postage stamp [Wikimedia image]

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"I need a home please" and treasures - a package from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 08/05/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 36 days

A package from my friend Scriptor



Oh... Hey you, my dear friend!

We gave him the name Mishet (French style). He is a true gentleman!

Amazing fridge magnet

This absolutely amazing metal fridge magnet is from the Robert Opie Collection "Great Nostalgic Images". 

"Built up since 1963, The Collection now contains over 500,000 items which together tell the extraordinary story of Britain's consumer society, its lifestyle and culture - dramatic changes that have happened as a result of and since the Industrial Revolution.

Initially, as a teenager, Robert Opie gathered together contemporary packaging, everything from cereal boxes to cigarette packs. The first item in the Collection was a Munchies pack bought by Robert on Inverness railway station in 1963, when he was 16. A few years later Robert's mission extended to understanding the origins and development of brands and retailing; he assembled the evidence from thousands of surviving examples of bottles, tins, labels, signs and many forms of promotional and advertising material. By 1975 there was enough material for Robert to be invited to stage a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. This was entitled The Pack Age; A Century of Wrapping It Up. This temporary show was such a success with the public and the media that it encouraged Robert to try to create a permanent Museum, and this was achieved in 1984, with the setting up of the Museum in Gloucester. 

The Collection expanded rapidly when Robert decided to extend it into further areas of social history - toys and games, travel and transport, leisure and entertainment, comics, magazines and newspapers - every facet of daily life, including souvenirs from exhibitions and major events such as coronations. Ephemera such as postcards, song sheets, posters and brochures show not only the story of design and fashion but also the whole structure and transitional nature of everyday life. The research Robert undertook was similar to assembling a vast jigsaw where each tiny piece contributes to the undersatnding of the wider picture. " Some may consider so much apparent trivia to be so much rubbish," says Opie, "but it is amongst the fragments of daily living that we are psychologically and socially rooted, and this is where the impulses of our society can be found."

Seems, the cat is totally comfortable

Cat's eyes...

Cats have a reflective layer behind the retina that sends light to pass through the retina back into the eye, which improves the ability to see in darkness. Cat’s light detection threshold is up to seven times lower than humans’, and the visual field of cats is of about 200°. Cats can differ between red, blue, green and yellow lights.

Wonderful poem

The Teddy Bears Picnic

If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears,
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
See them gaily dance about.
They love to play and shout.
And never have any cares.
At six o'clock their mommies and daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little teddy bears.

If you go out in the woods today,
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely out in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Every teddy bear, that's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of wonderful things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Elizabeth II and 1981 Royal Wedding

The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer took place on 29th of July, 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral. This marriage was called a "fairytale wedding" or the "wedding of the century". The estimated TV audience to watch the ceremony counted about 750 million. 

"Persuasion" by Jane Austen

"Persuasion" is the last completed novel by Jane Austen. The novel was finished in August 1816, and the author died in 1817 at the age of 41. The novel was published in December 1817, but dated 1818.

Lady Jane Grey

Jane Grey or Lady Jane Dudley was the Queen of England from July 10, 1553 till July 19, 1553. She is also known as the "Queen for nine days." Jane Grey was put to death for the authority usurpation on February 12, 1554.

"Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen

"Northanger Abbey" was the first novel by Jane Austen to be completed for publication. In 1803 the novel was sold for £10 to Crosby & Co. bookseller, who decided against publishing. In 1816, the book was sold back to Jane Austen's brother for the same sum of £10. As the books by Jane were published anonymously, the bookseller didn't know her to be a popular writer by then. The novel was published in December 1817, but dated 1818.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Inspiration: Postcrossing stamps from Finland


The colorful stamps were created by design agency Kokoro & Moi, and will be available on a folded stamp sheet from September 9th onwards, which means, Finnish postcrossers will soon be able to send their postcards using these playful stamps!

From Official Postcrossing blog 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

United Buddy Bears and "Little Tiger & Little Bear" characters' stamp - a card from Germany


Country: Germany
Place: Bamberg
Received: 23/04/2013
Distance: 1 225 km
Travelled: 30 days

United Buddy Bears

Buddy Bears are big painted bear sculptures from Berlin, firstly created in 2001. The first activities were presented during the Buddy Bear Berlin Show, when the artists painted about 350 bears to decorate the streets of Berlin. The United Buddy Bears is an international project, which chooses artists from the individual countries and is a platform even for small and poor countries. On their global tour, the "United Buddy Bears" promote peace, love, tolerance and international understanding; the entry to the exhibitions is always free.

"Little Tiger and Little Bear" stamps

In February I received this great card with the "Little Tiger and Little Bear" characters. Now the senders, a wonderful couple from Germany, decided to make me happy and send a hand-made card with bears and also two special stamps with the same heroes, issued recently.

Hondius' decorative world map and a bear - a card from Russia


Country: Russia
Place: Gatchina
Received: 20/05/2013
Distance: 649 km
Travelled: 22 days

Hondius decorative world map

This decorative world map was made in 1641 in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius. It is hand colored and has a size of 21.5x15 inches. The map was first issued in 1630 in the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Its basic cartography follows the world map by John Speed, the portraits of Ptolemy, Mercator, Hondius and Julius Caeser are included to decorate the borders. 

Bear stamp

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sleepy kitten, 70 CT stamp and Allied '45 stamp - a card from the Netherlands


Country: Netherlands
Place: Purmerend
Received: 01/05/2013
Distance: 1 511 km
Travelled: 39 days

Sleepy kitten

Purmerend was founded in 1410 on the basis of the small fishing village Purmer between the  Purmer LakeBeemster Lake and Wormer Lake. In 1434 Purmerend was given city rights, and its total population makes about 80 thousands of people now.

70 CT stamp

This 70 CT stamp was designed by Wim Crouwel  (b. 1928), a Dutch graphic designer and typographer known for his posters and exhibition designs.

Allied '45 stamp

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Xitou Monster Village and Pyrestes curticornis - a card from Taiwan


Country: Taiwan
Place: Birmingham
Received: 13/04/2013
Distance: 8 025 km
Travelled: 119 days

Cute monster

Xitou Monster Village is a Japanese style village built in 2011 in Taiwan. Torii, a traditional Japanese gate standing at the entrance of the village, symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred. All over the small village you may find cute Japanese monster statues.

Pyrestes curticornis stamp

Monday, May 20, 2013

Vintage Tula - a card from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place: Birmingham
Received: 04/04/2013
Distance: 1 960 km
Travelled: 37 days

Vintage card of Tula

Elizabeth II

Tula is a city in Russia, located 193 km to the south from Moscow, on the Upa River, which is 345 km long. Tula was first mentioned in 1146 and is famous for Tula accordion (a free-reed wind instrument), pryaniki and samovar.

Traditional Russian pryaniki (gingerbread) are the cookies made with honey and spices. Tula gingerbread often looks like a rectangular tile or a flat figure and contains jam or condensed milk and honey as well. Gingerbreads in Tula originate from the 17th century, and In 1996 Tula opened a museum dedicated to these cookies.

Tula is also a center of samovar production. Samovar is a heated metal container used to boil water. The Russian idiom says "You don't take a samovar to Tula", which is an equivalent of "coals to Newcastle".

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cat and the window, Tagetes and Eurasian lynx - a card from Germany


Country: Germany
Place: Kaiserslautern
Received: 30/03/2013
Distance: 1 450 km
Travelled: 20 days

Cat and the window

Kaiserslautern has the population of almost 99 500 people, and its historic center dates to the 9th century. Additionally, Kaiserslautern is a home for about 50 000 people from NATO military community. The early American military population had some difficulties with pronouncing the German name, and Kaiserslautern is also named as “K-town” for this reason.

Tagetes flower stamp

Eurasian lynx stamp

Lynx is widely used in heraldry, symbolizing visual acuity. Due to this, the constellation was named after the lynx by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. Hevelius commented his choice: “Only small stars are located in this part of the sky, and you are to have the lynx’s eyes to distinguish between them and recognize.”

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Map of Taiwan, Rosalia formosa and Delonix regia - a card from Taiwan


Country: Taiwan
Place: Kaohsiung
Received: 21/03/2013
Distance: 8 176 km
Travelled: 30 days

Map of Taiwan

Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) was based in mainland China originally. Now the Republic of China governs the island of Taiwan and some minor islands nearby only.

The status of Taiwan is a bit uncertain, as the People's Republic of China claims Taiwan’s government to be illegitimate. The Republic of China, however, has constitution, president and army, viewing itself as a sovereign state. The present territory of Taiwan has never been controlled by the People's Republic of China.

The Capital of Taiwan is Taipei, and Standard Chinese is the official language. Taiwan, alongside with South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, is one of the "Four Asian Tigers" due to the quick industrial growth and development during the 2nd half of the 20th century.

By the way, Scriptor has the similar card in his blog too :)

Rosalia formosa conviva stamp

Rosalia is a member of a diverse family of longhorn beetles.

Delonix regia stamp

Delonix regia is a plant noted for its leaves and flowers and grown as an ornamental tree in many parts of the world. Its English name is Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. In India it is called Gulmohar “Gul” means “Flower” and “Mor” means “Peacock”, which is very close to the tree’s appearance.