Tag Archives: art

International Letter Writing Week stamps from Japan

Stamps: International Letter Writing Week 2016, Japan

While in the post office buying Japanese flower definitives, I spotted another favourite Japanese series: International Letter Writing Week. This issue is from 2016.

Belgium Cover 1970s

Cover: Belgium from the 1970s

When buying stamps online, sometimes you receive your purchase in a plain cover, perhaps with an unadorned printed postage label. And sometimes your purchase arrives in a great cover like this.

Stamps Thailand: Buddha Images

Stamps: Buddha Images from Thailand

This set of elegant stamps commemorates Buddha images in several historical styles found in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Stamps: Germany, November 2015

I have just returned from Germany, where I collected the November issues from Deutsche Post, featuring stamps for the festive season.

Stamps Cover FDC UK 2015-06-18 The Battle of Waterloo

FDC: The Battle of Waterloo

This cover from Royal Mail commemorates the 200th anniverasary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Stamps Cover FDC UK 2015-05-13 Heraldic Beasts

FDC: Heraldic Beasts from the UK

This cover carries 6 new Post & Go ATMs from Royal Mail, featuring traditional designs of heraldic beasts.

Stamps Cover FDC UK 2015 Working Sail 2015-02-18

FDC: Working Sail in the UK

This cover features Royal Mail’s new series of Post & Go ATMs: Working Sail, a collection of beautiful sailing ships by folk artists around the United Kingdom.

stamps cover FDC Taiwan 2014 Ancient Chinese Art Treasures featured

FDCs: Ancient Chinese Art Treasures – Blue and White Porcelain

Here is a pair of beautiful covers from Chunghwa Post in Taiwan: Blue and White Porcelain from the Ancient Chinese Art Treasures series.

FDC Cover Stamps Taiwan 2014 Ancient Chinese Paintings 2014-04-30

FDC: Ancient Chinese Paintings from the National Palace Museum, Taiwan

Here is a beautiful FDC from Chunghwa Post in Taiwan featuring Ancient Chinese Paintings from the National Palace Museum.

Stamps DE 2014-05 Musical Instruments Clarinette

Stamps: Germany, May 2014

I have just arrived back from Germany. Here are the stamps that I collected on my trip: the May issues from Deutsche Post.

Japex 2013 official catalog and entry ticket

PEX: Japex 2013

Last year I was in Tokyo at the same time that Japex 2013 came to town: a lucky coincidence!

stamps Japan 2013 International Letter Writing Week 70

Stamps: International Letter Writing Week 2013, Japan

These 4 stamps feature beautiful landscapes by Hiroshige, chosen by JP Post to commemorate International Letter Writing Week in 2013.

stamps cover Croatia 2013 Art

Cover: Croatian Visual Arts

Stamps are often referred to as “miniature works of art” (probably mostly by stamp collectors themselves). This cover carries 3 real miniature works of art from Croatia.

Stamps Cover FDC UK 2013 Christmas

FDC: Christmas 2013

I missed posting this for Christmas, but it is still the festive season: here are the colourful Children’s Christmas commemorative stamps from Royal Mail, with a snowflake commemorative cancel and a snowman on the cover.

Stamps Cover Brazil 2013 World Cup 1998

Covers: World Cup Football Art from Brazil, 1998

These 6 covers feature a complete set of Brazilian stamps that commemorate the France 98 World Cup Finals through art.

Stamps Cover FDC Taiwan 2013 Ancient Artifacts

FDC: Ancient Chinese Artifacts

This FDC from Taiwan features 1 of 2 souvenir sheets from Chunghwa Post’s Ancient Artifacts issue.

Stamps Cover Brazil 2013 Alfonja

Cover: Ilé Axé Opô Afonjá

This cover from Brazil is full of history: the main stamp commemorates a Candomblé site in the state of Bahia. Candomblé is an African-Brazilian religion that goes back to the days of slavery in the Americas.

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit Thailand 2013

Stamp Sheet: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit

This sheet features 6 portraits of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand. The stamps were issued on 12th August, which is the Queen’s birthday. This day is also celebrated as Mother’s Day in Thailand.

Queen Elizabeth Portraits - UK 2013

FDC: Queen Elizabeth II

A royal first day cover from Royal Mail: Her Majesty The Queen – Six Decades of Royal Portraits. The issue features six stamps bearing portraits of the Queen from 1953 to 2013.

Niedersachsisches Wattenmeer DE 2013

Stamps: Germany, July 2013

I was in Germany last week. Germany produces very fine stamps, so I went to Deutsche Post to collect some. Here are the new issues for July 2013.