|map postcard of Missouri|
Hello! I received this postcard on Friday from my blog buddy Lynn, who blogs at Present Letters.
THANK YOU, Lynn!
I adore this map card of Missouri! I love most illustrations, it's such a visual way of showing and explaining stuff. Do you see the St Louis Gateway Arch in the map? Lynn sent me a card of St Louis earlier with that arch in it.
I don't know much about Missouri so I didn't recognize the significance of most of these images. I looked up Hannibal's history to find out who that guy is. Ah, Mark Twain! Heheh I didn't know he grew up in Hannibal or what he looked like, obviously.
I'll probably look up the other images but since I've been sitting on this post for nearly two weeks, I better get writing!
|Sleeping Effort by Jackson Pollock (1953)|
I've actually received quite a lot of mail from Lynn in the past month. Apart from the St Louis postcard, she also sent me one of the Jackson Pollock painting Sleeping Effort, which is in the Washington University Gallery of Art in Missouri.
I also got a nice package in the mail from Lynn two weeks ago. Yeah, I'm so lame as a swap partner and also in being so late in posting about the goodies I get!
Look what was in the envelope!
|USPS July 2010 Sunday funnies comic strip stamps|
Yahoo!! Lynn sent me these after I raved about Calvin and Hobbes on my postcard blog and mentioned that the USPS had issued a Calvin and Hobbes stamp as part of its Sunday Funnies comics set last year. Lynn went to the trouble of ordering the complete issue set for me when she couldn't find it at the post office. Lynn, that was so cool of you, a huge thanks to you!
I stared at them for a while before raiding my shelves for my well-loved Calvin and Hobbes books. They are my favoritest comics ever. The two protagonists are a bit of a terror but you have to admit they're cute, and there are a lot of messages that are relevant to grown-ups and so true about life.
I love all the stamps although I'm a fan of only the one comic. I read quite a few Archie books in my youth (one of my flatmates was a collector) but I wasn't crazy about it. Don't you think it's quite sexist? I also can't imagine ever not tiring of being in a love triangle. Move on, already! I didn't like Garfield or Dennis the Menace (that boy scares me!) and I've never read Beetle Bailey. I don't read comics anymore. I don't know if I outgrew them (are you ever too old for comics?) or I just prefer fiction now. I do go through phases; for about 5 years after university, I read only non-fiction books on history, politics and current affairs.
|Hermann, a book about|
|1903 stock certificate of|
Hermann Shoe Manufacturing Co
|USA Philatelic, 2011|
Volume 16, quarter 1
Lynn sent me the 2011 1st quarter issue of the USA Philatelic as well. This is so cool, it documents the current stamp issues from the USPS. There were so many things I love in the magazine. I think I have to live in the US so I can get everything I want! heheh. Here are some photos of stamps I'm lusting after (Lynn, please don't read this!! The comic stamps were enough and I appreciate the THREE stamps you put on that one postcard! LOL)
|Animated Rescue: Adopt A Shelter Pet|
stamp issued April 30, 2010 by USPS
|USPS wedding stamps and Celebrate! stamp|
issued January 5, 2009 and
October 6, 2009
|American Design series|
USA stamps issued 2002-2007
|Jazz (Forever) Digital Color Postmark|
issued March 26, 2011
|Hawaiian Rain Forest USPS stamps,|
12th and last in Nature of America stamp series
|Abstract expressionists commemorative stamps|
issued March 11, 2010 by USPS
Those Hawaiian rainforest stamps above are fantastic. There are 10 stamps in that one pane! Hi res to look for them all.
I like these abstract expressionist ones on the left, too. There are stamps of art by artists including Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.
Look, I actually got a few of the stamps I was gawking at on the Missouri map postcard! (thanks again, Lynn!) and another package I received last week from a swap. Read about it in this post.
The best thing about blogging is the great people I've met. I'm so grateful for the support and friendship my blog buddies have given me in the last few months. I'm quite an inquisitive person and have lots of interests (I often flit from one thing to another although I'm more often toggling between several things - that's how I missed Kate and William's first - and second - kiss on the balcony, because I was reading blogs on my reader and talking at the same time!) and since I started this blog, my already huge list of likes, interests and activities have kept growing. I never would have thought I'd be exchanging postcards with new friends and strangers via swaps and Postcrossing, reading writing/writers' blogs and writing my own book blurbs, interviewing photographers and artists, watching quilting video tutorials, admiring tablescapes and pink, playing with fonts, tweeting, sharing likes and discoveries here and elsewhere, or that I'd actually know what " base target="_blank " means.
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