Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday Stamps II : A-Z 'K'

Kenya and Korea seemed ideal for this week. However I have used all four of my Korean stamps before and most of those from Kenya.

Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika issued combined stamps before each one became independent, so in the end I settled for one of those.

Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika - 1 June 1954
It proved too difficult to find a second stamp until I remembered the Bush Baby Series from Australia showing -

Australia - Koala 1 July 2011
For the link to next week I suppose I could choose the 'L' in Koala, but just remember it's a Bush Baby and that there was an infamous Australian bushranger with two 'Ls' in his name.

Other stamps under the letter 'K' may be found via the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-148.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday Stamps II : A-Z. 'J'

Trying to create links from one week to the next seemed a good idea when the A-Z started. Now it has become more than a joke.

After our holiday in the USA and last week's Gulliver's Travels my wife has said she needs to travel again.

"No she went on her own accord!"

The stamp issued on 2 October 1972 depicts the College of Arts, Science and Technology at Kingston.

The only other country beginning with 'J' for which I have some stamps is - 

Japan - 20 August 1950
Sado-Yahiko Quasi-National Park
At least the Park's name contains a 'K' to link to next week. However I must confess to being somewhat disappointed at not having a stamp from Japan showing a lady in a kimono.

To learn more about the history of Jamaica and to see other stamps chosen for 'J' please visit the links at Sunday-stamps-II-147.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sunday Stamps II ; A-Z 'I'

Back home from our travels, our plane's route from the USA took us to the south of Iceland.

The 150th anniversary of the birth of Icelandic poet, Grimur Thomsen was commemorated by this stamp - 

Iceland - 19 June 1970
Thomsen was the son of a goldsmith - this provides me with a link to Ireland. Oliver Goldsmith was an Irish novelist, playwright and poet.

However it's a different literary giant from Ireland whose birth was commemorated by this stamp - sorry about the postmark -

Ireland - 30 Nov 1967
300th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift
It's Swift's famous work, Gulliver's Travels, that provide me with a link to last week's post - Hungary and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fairy tale.

I'm sure you all remember Walt Disney's version of Snow White, but how many of you have heard of the link to Swift via Gulliver Mickey, a Mickey Mouse short animation. 

For more 'I' related stamps don't forget to visit Sunday-Stamps-II-147.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday Stamps II : A-Z ; 'H'

I only have two countries for 'H' so limited choice this week.

Hong Kong - 11 June 1973
The 1984 Joint Declaration between the United Kingdom and China led to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997. Hong Kong is now a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

The link to last week's post?

'G' is the seventh letter of the alphabet - Hong Kong contains two 'Gs'.

A fairy tale on an Hungarian stamp maintains the 'seven' link.

Hungary - 1 December 1960

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 
For other 'H' related stamps please follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-145

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Stamps II: A-Z 'G'

Despite posting from the USA I sailed this week to Guinea- Bissau.

Guinea-Bissau - 1988
This Egyptian navy ship is one of a series of old ships issued at the same time. This West African country was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, colonised by Portugal it was formerly Portuguese Guinea.

Each week I have tried to maintain a link (of sorts) to the previous week. Last week we saw the work of the goldsmiths in Finland.

So while in West Africa where better to stop off than Ghana which before its independence from Britain in 1957 was the -

Gold Coast - 1952

Too late I thought of golfing stamps, but you can make up for this by checking out Sunday-Stamps-II-144.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z: 'F'

I have only three countries to choose from this week.  

Fortunately I can maintain an art link to last time with a stamp from Finland.

Finland - 6 August 1971
This commemorated the 600th anniversary of goldsmith's art.

No link to France where I could only use Marianne to identify a President's choice.

France - 1 July 2008
This is the most recent of my Mariannes on a euro stamp -  President Sarkozy's Marianne.

Sunday-stamps-II-143 has chosen to go with fish; visit the links there to find choices made by others.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sunday Stamps II; A-Z 'E'

Last week we were on the Djibouti-Ethiopia railway. This week it's Ethiopia itself.

Ethiopia - 26 July 1968
The stamp shows the Rastafarian Haile Selassie and commemorates the Ethiopian struggle for freedom. Selassie had become the countries emperor and led the country for many years.

My second stamp is also from an African country well know for the pyramids, but this stamp is catalogued on Stamp World as depicting Historical Art & Stone Carving.

Egypt - 1 March 1993
For other stamps this week check out the links at Sunday-stamps-!!-142.