Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sally Clark and a bear, Elizabeth II stamps and a badger - a card from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 25/02/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 12 days

A swap card from Scriptor

Sally Clark

Sadie (Sally) Harfield Clark (1883 – 1982) is an adventurer, sculptor and co-founder of Society of Woman Geographers. She  was born in New York City one of nine children. She left school early and was working by day and studying by night. In 1906 she met her husband and the couple married in 1918. Sally accompanied her husband on his hunting expeditions and became a sportswoman. 


The word badger probably comes from the French ‘bêcheur’ meaning “digger” - badgers live in complex underground systems they dig themselves. Badgers’ systems have a number of rooms and tunnels, leading to the outside. Some rooms are for sleeping, some are for having young badgers in, some are built to be common toilets.

Elizabeth II

These attractive stamps show Elizabeth II in red-brown and green

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Small Tortoiseshell and Élysée Treaty anniversary - a card from Germany


Country: Germany
Place:  Montabaur
Received: 24/02/2013
Distance: 1 397 km
Travelled: 6 days

Small Tortoiseshell

The Small Tirtoiseshell (Aglais urticae L.) is a well-known colourful butterfly. It's scientific name, unticae, comes from the word "urtica" (nettle), because nettle is one of food plants for this species.

Élysée Treaty anniversary stamp

This joint stamp was issued by France and Germany to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, the landmark agreement between the two former enemies.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hippie bears' bus, "Hello" and Hamstreet map - a card from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 17/02/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 19 days

A swap card from Scriptor

Hippie bears' bus

The hippie subculture was a youth movement in the USA, formed in the mid 1960s. Hippies opposed Puritan morality and promoted love and pacifism as the symbols of the natural purity. One of the most famous hippie slogans is «Make love, not war!»

Hippies tended to travel light, and could pick up and go at any time. Any Volkswagen bus of the 1960' and 1970's was called a hippie bus. These buses could also be crazy painted and decorated.

"Hello" stamp

Map of 1959 stamp

This amazing stamp shows the Hamstreet (Kent) map of 1959. The set of four stamps from Bicentenary of the Ordnance Survey issue appeared in 1991.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Paddington Bear & Teddy Bear, Elizabeth II and "Hello" - a card from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 11/02/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 8 days

A swap card from Scriptor

Paddington Bear

Paddington bear is a character created by Michael Bond in 1958. He is an immigrant bear from darkest Peru, wearing an old hat and coat. He has a suitcase with a secret compartment and loves marmalade sandwiches. Paddington is endlessly getting into trouble, but is always trying "so hard to get things right".

"Hello" stamp

"Hello" 1st class sheets are interesting and consist of stamps with different labels attached to commemorate various events (philatelic exhibitions etc.).

Elizabeth II stamp 

This stamp in orange shows the image of Elizabeth II, the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms, head of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations.

Teddy Bear stamp

This stamp originates from 1989 and was issued in a booklet with 4 greeting stamps more.