Rainis, Aspazija, and more from Eastern Euope

This is what I love about stamps, all the things you can learn from these little works of art.  I read that this beautiful flower is the Unique Dendrobium Orchid, one species of the Dendrobium genus. V, the sender of the stamp above and card below, tells me Rainis and Aspazija were a literary power couple…

Two years later…

I am still Postcrossing  and swapping  cards.  I don’t know why I stopped blogging, but I miss it, so here I am.  I received this Bob Marley card from C in Canada yesterday: This composite of four pictures is from the artwork in the box set Songs of Freedom.  Each picture represents one of the four…

Influx

I love this EuroMaidan Christmas Tree card that arrived yesterday: It’s topical and captures this moment in history beautifully.  I had read about the protests in the news, but it is very special to get this card from someone to whom this movement is personally significant. S. from Khmelnytskyi has sent me a postcard I will…

Happy New Year!

I was lucky enough to get some nice Christmas cards in swaps, so I learned to recognize  the Russian “Happy New Year!” written on this beautiful textured stamp.  The scan doesn’t do it justice; what appears black on the screen is actually silver in real life. Very festive , but simple. The stamp came on…

Fauna

  I love wolves and recently had the presence of mind to add them to my wishlist. I am very grateful to the kind sender, N. from Dusseldorf, for this great wolf card. I read that the gray wolf came back to Germany in about 2000 after being all but exterminated. I hope they stay…

The best thing about a man

…is his dog. This lovely Kirdiy card arrived tonight.  I love it!  It was sent by J. from a city I had never heard of, Rostov-on-Don.  Like me, she is a dog lover. The stamp on the left shows Friedrich Zander, a pioneer in the Russian space program. The next card is from P. in…

10 Beautiful Cards

This beautiful card is from P. in Nuremberg, who describes herself as a “passionate reader”.   Keeping with the literary theme, the accompanying stamp on the right commemorates 200 years of Grimms’ fairy tales. I visited Xian years ago to see the amazing Terracotta Army, but I must have sent all the postcards I bought.…