Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Stamps II 96

A lovely fall day in the American Midwest, and time for Sunday Stamps!

This week's theme is Foods of the world.  Nothing very healthy here on these USA stamps.

The scan of this sheet is from the US Postal Service.  On these first class stamps are some treats: ice cream cones, a root beer float, a hot fudge sundae, and a banana split.  A float and a banana split might be peculiarly American.  Who else puts vanilla ice cream on top of root beer, another American treat? 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Stamps II 95

Time for Sunday Stamps!
This week's theme is postal related.
I have some stamps from Russia, posted back in 2012.

Showing a postbox, a post van, stamps and postcards!
This came from a Russian postcrosser.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Stamps II 94

Hello and welcome to Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at

Today's theme is birds, one of my favorite topics to see on a stamp.

As I wrote a few years ago:
This is a pretty bird with a sad story behind it. This is the Azores bullfinch.  Its species name is Pyrrhula murina, and it is endemic (meaning it is found only there) to the islands of the Azores, a small archipelago of islands in the North Atlantic that belong to Portugal.

Not only that, it is endemic to one island only, São Miguel  Island.  

Not only that, it is found only in the forests of the mountains in the eastern part of the island.

It likes the native laurel forests, and it is threatened by deforestation and the growth of non-native species.

In 2003, it was estimated that there were only 400 individuals left.  However in 2008 it was estimated that there were 775 individuals left, so there is some hope.  

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Stamps II 92

Welcome to a beautiful fall day in the American Midwest.

The theme this week is fruits and nuts.  My stamps is from Belarus:

As I posted before:
This is the gooseberry or Grossularia, on a stamp from Belarus.  We do not know gooseberries and do not use them in the USA, or at least very rarely.  I do remember seeing them for sale, fresh, and as preserves, when I visited Poland. 

According to Wikipedia: "Gooseberries are often used as an ingredient in desserts, such as pies, fools and crumbles. They are also used to flavour beverages such as sodas, flavoured waters, or milk, and can be made into fruit wines and teas. Gooseberries can be preserved in the form of jams, dried fruit, or as the primary or a secondary ingredient in pickling, or stored in sugar syrup."

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