06 March 2015


unsent, early 1900s

Violets are the birth flower for February and symbolizes faithfulness, modesty.
They are also associated with death and resurrection, so are often seen as Easter flowers.


03 March 2015

ships on the seaway

unsent, 1970's
a John Hinde Original

1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada - New York, U.S.A. : in April 1959, traffic began using the St Lawrence Seaway. The seaway, in the broadest sense, is a huge waterway extending 2,300 miles from the Atlantic ocean to the head of the Great Lakes in the heart of North America. Here in the heart of a vacationers paradise is an aerial view of the 1000 islands section o0f the St Lawrence Seaway showing a 'Laker' and a 'Saltie' passing.

02 March 2015

Canada map

reproduction of a 1950's map card
that omits Yukon, which became its own territory in 1898 and Newfoundland & Labrador which joined the confederation in 1949

01 March 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 11

Brazil issued 2000
celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations with China (joint issue)

faces of a different sort ...
showing Carnival mask and Monkey King puppet

22 February 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 10

souvenir sheet, 2015, international rate stamp (showing the three rams from the domestic rate stamp)
Year of the Ram,
also known as Year of the Goat and Year of the Sheep

The ambiguity has whipped up discussion in the English world. Actually, when used without attributes, the Chinese character Yang can refer to all of the forgoing ruminants. However, in terms of traditional culture, the zodiac symbol is more likely a Goat. The images of goats often appear on Chinese New Year stamps and paper-cuts. To ordinary Chinese, it seems the confusion never bothers them. They may take the goat as the zodiac animal, but prefer to buy a sheep mascot, because it's more lovely and fluffy.

Sheep (or goat, or ram) is among the animals that people like most. It is gentle and calm. Since ancient times, people have learned to use its  fleece to make writing brushes and its skin to keep warm. The white cute creature often reminds people of beautiful things.
(source: travelchinaguide)