Postcards and pictures

The constantly cloudy and rainy weather which has blighted most of this month has ensured that since my last post I haven’t really been anywhere to walk the dogs or take any photos. Yesterday’s plan was a visit to Manchester as I have a theme in mind for a couple of blog posts but to get the best shots I need at least someΒ  blue sky and sunshine and that just wasn’t happening, it rained on and off all day.
Being forced by the weather to stay close to home I’ve spent some of my spare time over the last few days concentrating on my Postcrossing hobby and via the internet I’ve bought several bundles of unused postcards. On Friday I received a bundle of 100 cards featuring pictures of commemorative stamps issued by the Post Office over the years, they are all mint condition/new/unused and include several sets with a common theme. They are all really lovely cards so in the absence of a Monday walk I’ve scanned a few of my favourites to put on here.
The first set of five wildlife cards were reproduced from stamps issued by the Post Office in October 1977, while the second set of five rose cards are from stamps issued by the Royal Mail in July 1991.
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The set of four Food and Farming cards were individually titled ‘Fruit and Vegetables’ ‘Meat’ ‘Dairy Produce’ and ‘Cereals’ and were reproduced from stamps issued by the Royal Mail in March 1989, while the individual card was reproduced from a stamp issued in October 1983 which commemorated the early trade and produce fair British Fairs.
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The next card is my favourite from a set of four, reproduced from the Studio Pottery series of stamps issued in October 1987, while the zebra is a particularly striking card from a bundle of 100 random mint condition/new modern contemporary cards.
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And finally, a painted picture rather than a postcard. A while ago I was en route to somewhere a few miles away when I passed a large warehouse selling both new and refurbished furniture, appliances, household items, bric-a-brac and just about anything else you can think of. It’s one of those places that’s good for a mooch round even if you don’t want anything, and as I’ve been looking for a new treadmill I popped in on the off-chance they might have something. Unfortunately I didn’t find a treadmill but I did find a lovely little painting so bright and colourful I just had to have it, especially as there are some cute little cats in it.
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Obviously I don’t know where the painting originally came from or if the artist is local, and I doubt the guy in the store would know, but it’s exceptionally well done and it looked to be new so I was glad I found it. I haven’t put it up on a wall yet as I haven’t found quite the right place for it but I’ll find a home for it eventually; meanwhile it’s propped up on the unit near my pc so at least I can see it while I’m typing.
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20 thoughts on “Postcards and pictures

  1. What a nice trip down memory lane to start my day – I remember all those stamps except the Studio Pottery set.

    I wonder what will happen to stamps? So few people send ‘real mail’ these days, and the last couple of times I have posted something a printed label has replaced individual stamps.

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    1. Don’t get me started on printed labels, they are one reason why I don’t use my local post office for sending postcards. Basically the guy in there is just too lazy to get the stamp book out of the drawer and find the correct stamps (always the same value regardless of which country I’m sending to) so it’s easier for him to print a label. No good for postcards though as they are too big and can often cover part of the address or the Postcrossing ID number. No problem with the main post office in town though or the one near work, I get the stamps every time.

      When I was about eight my dad gave me his old stamp album and I collected stamps right up until my mid teens. He always made sure I got first-day covers and I collected some really nice ones, I also used to swap with his old army buddy who would send me some from his travels to other countries through work – I probably still have the album somewhere.

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  2. Your postcards are lovely but I don’t remember the stamps at all, I wish I did. Your painting is lovely too and a really nice find.
    You’ve inspired me to write a blog post and show the lovely card you sent to me. It was such a nice surprise and you could not have possibly known the dog was the spitting image of my Tilly’s Mum πŸ™‚

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    1. The painting was a really lucky find and far too nice to leave behind. I’m glad you like the card I sent, as soon as I took it out of the box I ‘saw’ Tilly and knew it was meant for you, though not knowing it looks like Tilly’s mum πŸ™‚

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  3. With your painting of that sunny street propped up near your desk you can imagine you’re looking through the window in sunnier climes rather than the wet and miserable weather we’ve been experiencing of late.

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  4. Miserable weather is right, I’ve never known May to be so wet before 😦 The painting is certainly much nicer to look at than the rain though the window.

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  5. I remember some of those stamps but not all – it was fun to see them. Your Cyprus painting is full of much-needed sunshine but it’s the zebra I really like πŸ™‚

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  6. The zebra card is certainly very striking – it’s a shame there isn’t a set of wildlife ones like that but sadly it’s just an odd one in a random bundle.

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  7. A great alternative to pounding the streets looking for street art in this weather. Things looking better for next week though. Hurrah! X

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    1. According to various forecasts it’s supposed to be good or the bank holiday weekend and right through next week – I hope so as I have plans which need blue sky and sunshine πŸ™‚

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  8. The weather for May is dreadful here. This time last year I was walking in the bottom of the quarry at the Jumbles reservoir because the continuing warm sunny weather had dried it up so much.

    I remember the wildlife stamps too, I had several penfriends at the time so collected the stamps just because they had animals on them πŸ™‚

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    1. I’d make a beeline for there myself Jo if I could but I’m not going anywhere out of this country, not even to Ireland, until I know for certain that things are a lot more settled than they are just now. The painting was a lovely find and the more I look at it the more I like it and want to go there πŸ™‚

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  9. Love your stamp related postcards & most items still get a stamp on them here unless it is a parcel. Ask Jayne if hers had stamp? The first 2 sets you posted at the top were dates of significance for me, being 1977 the year DH & I got married and 1991, the first time I visited UK to meet his family. Love the little picture and expect it is somewhere in the Mediterranean area. Thanks for sharing, take care and hugs.

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  10. At one time it was only ever parcels that got postage labels put on them but now it seems to be down to individual post offices (locally to me at least) whether you get a stamp or a label. My local post office will only do labels, which are too big for postcards so I don’t go there, but I have no trouble getting the stamps from other smaller post offices and the main one in town.

    The painting is somewhere in Cyprus, I’ve never been there but if that’s an example of it then I’d love to go πŸ™‚

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