Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sunday Stamps 72 - maps on stamps

I have posted this stamp before, but not as a Sunday Stamps entry, so I hope those of you seeing it for a second time will forgive me. This is a 2 cent stamp from Canada, c.1898, celebrating the extent of the British Empire. As I mentioned last time I posted this stamp, this is not supposed to be a jingoistic entry but more a view of the importance placed on empire at the time. What's interesting is that the map is oriented on Canada as opposed to the normal views we see in the UK where it is oriented on London, presumably because of the Greenwich meridian.


    

Friday, 25 May 2012

Sepia Saturday 127 - market

I was going to take cattle from the photo prompt for this week's Sepia Saturday, but as I've done that before, I decided to go with markets instead. Here are a selection of vintage postcards of markets. I visited Dunster last summer and the Yarn Market is still there but the street looks somewhat different, and I seem to recall quite a traffic bottleneck in places. The Covent Garden shown in the second postcard is the same premises as occupied by the existing Covent Garden, but the market aspect of ot has moved to New Covent Garden Market in South London, with the old Covent Garden being filled with shops, pubs and cafes. Unfortunately I don't know much about the third postcard as I don't think I've ever been to Ross, although we did come close last weekend when we toured around Herefordshire.

Yarn Market, Dunster, Somerset

Covent Garden Market, London

Market House, Ross

As usual, 100's more vintage postcards on my web site

    

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sepia Saturday 126 - wedding

Despite being away on Friday and Saturday for our own wedding anniversary, and despite feeling all bruised and achy following a 33 mile mountain bike challenge this morning through the Test Valley, I've just about squeezed in a few minutes to participate in this week's Sepia Saturday.

Vintage wedding greetings postcard, published by Wildt and Kray

As usual 100's more vintage postcards on my web site
    

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sunday Stamps 70 - votes for women

Well unfortunately I don't seem to have any stamps which specifically refer to Mother's Day (plus it's not actually Mother's Day here in the UK today ... ours is in March) but as the theme on this week's Sunday Stamps was extended to cover, amongst other things, women's rights, I have featured this stamp from 1968 commemorating 50 years of women having the vote. It shows the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, which is in Victoria Tower Gardens, London SW1.

Votes for Women, commemorative stamp, c.1968

    

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Sepia Saturday 125 - Kitchens

I've picked out the theme of kitchen for my entry for this week's Sepia Saturday, of which I seem to have some quite diferent kitchens to share.

 The Kitchen at Christ Church College, Oxford

The Great Kitchen at Hampton Court

The Devil's Kitchen, near Llanberis, North Wales

The Devil's Kitchen, near Snowdon, North Wales

As usual 100's more vintage postcards on my web site

    
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