25 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 93

1950s, definitive Netherlands Antilles
Queen Juliana

The Dutch Antilles was established as a country in 1954 and was dissolved in 2010. It was a former constituent country of The Netherlands though all the islands that formed the Netherlands Antilles remain part of the Netherlands, but the legal status of each island differs. This stamp shows Queen Juliana, who of course, comes from the House of Orange. She reigned from 1948 - 1980.

for orange or yellow

I will be away for the this Sunday and next, so will catch up with you all in October!
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18 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 92

1962, Gabon, fruits

Gabon is a small country on the west coast of Central Africa which gained independence from France in 1960. This triangular stamp of a mango is one of a series of ten fruit stamps issued in 1962. The mango tree is one of the most cultivated fruits in tropical and subtropical areas.

for fruits and nuts

11 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 91

1969, Territoire Francais des Afar et Issas (Djibouti)

Between 1967 and 1977 what is now known as Djibouti was called The French Territory of Afars and Issas. It lies on the Gulf of Aden near the gateway to the Suez Canal and borders Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. The Mosque was built in 1906 by Hadji Hamoudi, an Arab businessman, and can hold up to 1,000 worshipers. It is considered one of the most iconic structures of Djibouti City.

for worshipful places

04 September 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 90

2014, Germany, 1250th Anniversary of Kloster Lorsch

In 1991, this ruined abbey in Lorsch was made a Unesco World Heritage Site. It was founded in 764, by Count Cancor and later given to Charlemagne who turned it into a Royal Abbey. The Köningshalle (King's Hall) is all that remains and is one of the rare examples of Carolingian architecture that is still standing. The Benedictine abbey was the centre of power, spirituality and culture in the Holy Roman Empire until the High Middle Ages and once housed one of the largest libraries of the Middle Ages. It was also a renowned healing place of its time with the Lorsch Pharmacopaeia, dating from the 8th C, as the beginning of modern medicine.

for commemorative stamps

28 August 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 89

1968, Canada, Armistice, 1918-1968
Vimy Memorial

designed by Harvey Thomas Prosser
engraved by Yves Baril (picture) and Gordon Marsh (lettering)
based on the Walter S Allward sculpture

The Vimy Memorial was unveiled in July 1936, on 100 ha of land on Vimy Ridge that was granted to Canada by France to be used 'in perpetuity' as a memorial park with a memorial dedicated to Canadian war dead. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the first time that all four division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated together and it became a national symbol of achievement and sacrifice. The two limestone pylons of the monument rise 125' and has many stylized figures. This stamp shows the 'Breaking of the Sword' - three young men, with one crouching and breaking his sword, meant to represent the "defeat of militarism and a general desire for peace".

"Vimy Ridge is one of Earth's altars on which Canadians sacrificed for the cause of humanity"
~ William Lyon Mackenzie King

for monuments

21 August 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 88

1956, Bulgaria, Olympics

In 1956, the Summer Games were held in Melbourne and were the first to be held in the southern hemisphere as well as the first to be held outside Europe or North America. Bulgaria issued a set of 6 stamps which included this one for gymnastics. The others in the set were for boxing, discus throw, pole vaulting, soccer, and basketball. That year, Bulgaria would win a bronze in football/soccer with 3 silver and a gold for wrestling. Women's gymnastics would be dominated by the Soviet Union and Hungary while the Soviet Union and Japan would dominate men's gymnastics.

for Olympics

14 August 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 87

2010, Japan

Another of Japan's wildly popular Hello Kitty series was issued in 2010 for that year's Expo in Shanghai China. She is depicted in a heart shaped stamp surrounded by chrysanthemums. Hello Kitty is an anthropomorphic white Japanese Bobtail cat who was first introduced by the Sanrio company in 1974. She is an essential part of kawaii - the quality of cuteness in Japanese culture. Originally marketed for young girls, by the 1990s her target was expanded to include teens and adults as a retro brand. Even though she was created by a Japanese market, and is a breed that's native to Japan and Southeast Asia, she was actually born in the suburbs of London and has a large family, including a twin sister. You can tell them apart by the bows in their hair - Kitty White (her 'real' name) wears a red (or pink) bow on her left ear, while Mimmy White wears a yellow bow on her right ear.

for odd shaped stamps