Monday, 21 November 2016

Franz Josef I Emperor of Austria from Austria

On 21st November 1916 the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I died of pneumonia in Schönbrunn Palace. He reached the age of 86 and reigned for almost 68 years. The subject for the commemorative stamp to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his death is taken from one of the jubilee stamps designed by Koloman Moser in 1908 to celebrate 60 years of the Emperor’s reign. On the front of the postcard he is depicted with his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria, commonly known as Sisi,

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Beach Life from Sweden

A series of stamps dedicated to the "Life on the beach" issued in May 2016 by Posten Sverige. The series is available in a booklet of 10 stamps with 5 different motifs depicting everyone's holiday dream, the typical summer destination, away from stress and musts.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Owls from Czech Republic

This is a postcard that celebrates a popular bird of prey. The upper part of the stamp shows the flying snowy owl. This large tundra predator represents owls in the far north. The lower part of the stamp shows the tawny owl sitting in front of a castle ruin. This is the most common Czech owl species. The stamp is part of a commemorative miniature sheet issued in September 2015 by Česká pošta.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Miffy / Nijntje from the Netherlands

Miffy is a popular character created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Miffy's original name is Nijntje and this character is so famous all over the world that has her own museum in Utrecht (, which is perfect for toddlers and children. PostNL has issued several minisheets to celebrate Miffy and her friends. The stamp used on this card is part of the "Nijntje in de speeltuin" series, issued on 1st September 2015.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Planets from Ireland

The front of the card shows a picture of Jupiter taken from the Hubble telescope (ESA). The dark smudge at bottom right is debris from a comet or asteroid that plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere and disintegrated. In addition to the fresh impact, the image reveals a spectacular variety of shapes in the swirling atmosphere of Jupiter. The stamps were issued in 2007 by AnPost as part of the series dedicated to the "Planets". The stamps are special elongated stamps and are based on photographic images of Jupiter and Neptune. The other two stamps of the same series show Saturn and Uranus.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Turtles from France

The card shows a turtle (Chrysemys picta) painted in watercolors and pencils by C.A. Lesueur (1778-1846). The stamp, issued in 2014 by LaPoste, is dedicated to the green turtle, representative of the islands in the Southwest area of the Indian Ocean: Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, France (Reunion), Seychelles and the TAAF. The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is the sole representative of the genus Chelonia, and the largest species of turtles of the family Cheloniidae.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

French Fries from Belgium

Belgian national dish “les frites’ was wrongly given the name ‘French Fries’ by American servicemen when they arrived in Belgium at the end of the First World War. They named the fries after the French language spoken in Wallonia creating confusion with the invention’s nationality. “Les frites” are part of Belgium’s gastronomic and cultural heritage. There are frites stalls everywhere while visiting this country.