Sunday, December 31, 2017


A Postcrosser in New York sent me a card with these United Nations stamps.
The only dated one is the one from Expo 67 which I will assume was issued in 1967. 
The flag series was from the 1980s. The air mail is possibly from the 1960s, judging by the price, and the Human Rights one is from 1989. Why it is written in German, I do not know. In English, it is about the 'right to effective judiciary' - Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

United Nations stamps have been issued since 1951 and have different themes than the regular stamps. You need to go to the UN building in New York, or Geneva or Vienna, to buy them and they must be mailed from  their own post office. This could be partly why they are not considered very collectable.

see more united stamps at Sunday Stamps

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas animals

Another Hélène L'Heureux  designed stamp, 
this year with illustrations by Christine Beauregard. 
For the domestic stamp we have a polar bear donning a bright, colourful scarf
a cardinal with sprigs of holly for the US bound cards
and a caribou whose antlers are festooned with Christmas lights takes your mail overseas.

sending warm wishes for a Merry Christmas

It has been a fun and enlightening year with Sunday Stamps.
In February, we will begin the alphabet all over again.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tall Ships

a se-tenant stamp issued in 2000

in celebration of the new millennium where 150 Tall Ships from 22 countries sailed into Halifax Harbour - the only Canadian port - for the Race of the Century.

A late contribution for the letter S - se-tenant and ships, but then, these are not just any ships, they are Tall Ships, so also a post for the letter T. And what a tremendous spectacle this must have been.

The ships sailed from Southampton to Cadiz, Genoa, then back to Cadiz before crossing the Atlantic to Bermuda, Boston, and Halifax, then on to the final destination of Amsterdam.

Monday, December 4, 2017

and the bears will play

These bears are the creation of sculptor Leo Mol and can be found in 
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg.
playful cubs
these are but a tiny few I'm sharing for Jo's Monday Walk
polar bear and cub 

There are over 300 pieces of art in this sculpture garden dedicated to Leo Mol

rescued cub
It was his expressed wish that all his works of art be available to the public to enjoy, and he contributed his bronze sculptures, ceramic works and paintings to his adopted home of Winnipeg where he lived from 1949 until his death in 2009 at 94 years of age.
standing twin bears
cubs in a tree
cubs in a tree
standing twin bears

to bring a smile to your Monday morning

Sunday, December 3, 2017

three Rs

Officially known as the Republic of Rwanda, this small country in the Great Lakes region of East Africa regained independence in 1962.

The best place to see zebras in Rwanda is in the only savannah park in the country - Akagera National Park 

It is one of only two countries – the other being Uganda – where mountain gorillas can be visited safely.

From 1922-1962 it was known as Ruanda Urundi. With independence came the return of Rwanda and Burundi.
This last stamp shows a colobus monkey which is the only monkey to be without an opposable thumb