04 October 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 42

issued June 2012 (also a joint issue with Germany, identical design)
Pfälzer Hütte – Palatine Hut (at 2108m) is near the spot where the borders of Austria, Switzerland and  Liechtenstein meet. The original hut was built in 1928 by the German and Austrian Alpine Association on Bettlerjoch, a mountain saddle in Liechtenstein. By 1950, after the hut had been uninhabited and looted for several years,  the Liechtenstein Alpine Association took over and now it is open from June to October with meals and accommodation. From here it is a moderate hike to the summit of Naafkopf (2570m) and Augstenberg (2359m)

for stamps with scenery

27 September 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 41

1981 EUROPA stamp for folklore and feasts
designed and engraved by Jean Delpech

for folk costumes

20 September 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 40

issued August, 1959
Designed by artist Robert Foster with a modern oil derrick to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first commercial oil well drilled in the US (the Drake's Well). Despite intense lobbying by oil historians and the petroleum industry, this is the only commemorative oil stamp USPS has produced. In 1959, at the stamp's unveiling, the Postmaster General, Arthur Summerfield declared "The American people have great reason to be indebted to this industry. It has supplied most of the power that has made the American standard of living possible." Attitudes to the oil industry have changed greatly since those heady days.

for technology and industry

14 September 2015

Fistral Beach

Published by the Proprietors, headland Hotel Co., Ltd.
Newquay, Cornwall

Headland Hotel was built in 1900 to the highest standards to be the finest hotel in South West England. Every floor had two washrooms for the gentlemen and two for the ladies. Every bedroom had a fireplace, hot and cold running water, electric light, and an electric service bell

13 September 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 39

1977, joint issue Canada USA
The Peace Bridge crosses over Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River and connects Fort Erie (Ontario) to Buffalo (NY). This is about 20km from Niagara Falls, and the fast moving current of the Niagara River posed a challenge to the building of the bridge. When it opened, it was the only road bridge on the Great Lakes from Niagara to Minnesota. 
Unusually for joint issues, these stamps are very different in design.