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The United States Postal Service and other postal administrations are featuring carols on the designs of this year's Christmas stamps. Swiss Post is taking this one step further by letting you hear the songs as well. The four stamps were issued Nov. 15.   The new-issue announcement from Swiss Post said, “The stamp motifs drawn by Berne designer and musician Boris Pilleri not only set the Christmas mood visually, but also sound Christmassy: if you scan the stamps with the Post-App, you can…

The United States Postal Service and other postal administrations are featuring carols on the designs of this year's Christmas stamps. Swiss Post is taking this one step further by letting you hear the songs as well. The four stamps were issued Nov. 15. The new-issue announcement from Swiss Post said, “The stamp motifs drawn by Berne designer and musician Boris Pilleri not only set the Christmas mood visually, but also sound Christmassy: if you scan the stamps with the Post-App, you can…

Koala Australian postage stamp wall stamp

Koala Australian postage stamp wall stamp

Decimal Currency, 14 February 1966 - Television advertisement ➡️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6JawKH2yaQ  Image showing a brochure explaining the conversion of pounds, shillings and pence into dollars and cents — in Mortdale, New South Wales, Australia.

Decimal Currency, 14 February 1966 - Television advertisement ➡️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6JawKH2yaQ Image showing a brochure explaining the conversion of pounds, shillings and pence into dollars and cents — in Mortdale, New South Wales, Australia.

14th February 1966, Australia’s old currency (pounds, shillings and pence) was replaced with the introduction of decimal currency and much confusion. There was even a Government advertisement on TV to explain it. The change to the decimal system made many shoppers nervous and suspicious.as the new dollar was equivalent to ten shillings or half a pound which made many people quite unhappy as they felt they were being robbed!  Decimal Currency, 14 February 1966 - Television advertisement ➡️…

14th February 1966, Australia’s old currency (pounds, shillings and pence) was replaced with the introduction of decimal currency and much confusion. There was even a Government advertisement on TV to explain it. The change to the decimal system made many shoppers nervous and suspicious.as the new dollar was equivalent to ten shillings or half a pound which made many people quite unhappy as they felt they were being robbed! Decimal Currency, 14 February 1966 - Television advertisement ➡️…

11. And he caused a political scandal  Mick Young, a cabinet minister in Australian PM Bob Hawke's government, was forced to resign in 1986 after failing to declare the contents of his wife's luggage at customs. The bag he tried to avoid paying duty on included perfume, dolls, handbags, and a large Paddington Bear. The scandal became known as "The Paddington Bear affair"

Paddington Bear: 13 things you didn't know

I loved Paddington Bear. I was born in Paddington hospital and liked Marmalade, so of course.

7. Paddington has always been a fan of cultural exchange  In 1994, a Paddington Bear stuffed toy was chosen by English tunnellers as the first item to pass through the Channel Tunnel to their French counterparts when the two sides were linked up.

Paddington Bear: 13 things you didn't know

I loved Paddington Bear. I was born in Paddington hospital and liked Marmalade, so of course.

1. You'll never be able to find Paddington's address  Paddington's address, 32 Windsor Gardens in Notting Hill, does not exist in real life. Author Michael Bond amalgamated his parents' address at Winser Drive, Reading, with his own in Arundel Gardens. Tourists who descend upon the real-life Windsor Gardens in west London are often disappointed to find a street of council flats and no number 32.

Paddington Bear: 13 things you didn't know

I loved Paddington Bear. I was born in Paddington hospital and liked Marmalade, so of course.

Featuring Winnie the Pooh & Rabbit, this postage stamp was released by Great Britain in 2010.  The vintage locket is made from brass and copper and measures 30mm in diameter. The locket opens from the side and is capable of holding 2 of your most precious memories inside. https://www.mrssmileys.com/

Featuring Winnie the Pooh & Rabbit, this postage stamp was released by Great Britain in 2010. The vintage locket is made from brass and copper and measures 30mm in diameter. The locket opens from the side and is capable of holding 2 of your most precious memories inside. https://www.mrssmileys.com/

Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the best-loved and most successful children’s characters of all time. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this book explores the fascinating story behind the development of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends through the creative collaboration between author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard. Beautifully illustrated with original drawings for the first editions, accompanied by extracts from the manuscripts and the…

This multi-sensory and playful exhibition explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh – one of the most adored fictional characters of all time

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Postmarks with Christmas themes are plentiful in this week’s Postmark Pursuit column. Some reflect on the traditional meaning of Christmas, such as the Christmas Star station cancel from Nazareth, Mich., which features imagery of the holy family. Others are more whimsical, including a very cute cartoon Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the Reindeer Station postmark from — where else? — Rudolph, Ohio.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Postmarks with Christmas themes are plentiful in this week’s Postmark Pursuit column. Some reflect on the traditional meaning of Christmas, such as the Christmas Star station cancel from Nazareth, Mich., which features imagery of the holy family. Others are more whimsical, including a very cute cartoon Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the Reindeer Station postmark from — where else? — Rudolph, Ohio.

2. Paddington might never have existed if Michael Bond had done his Christmas shopping earlier Before his fictional version appeared on page, Paddington existed as a real teddy bear. Bond saw it "left on a shelf in a London shop and felt sorry for it" on Christmas Eve 1956, and took it home as a present for his wife Brenda. The couple were living near Paddington Station at the time, so Bond named the bear Paddington and started to write stories about it, "more for fun than with the idea of…

Paddington Bear: 13 things you didn't know

2. Paddington might never have existed if Michael Bond had done his Christmas shopping earlier Before his fictional version appeared on page, Paddington existed as a real teddy bear. Bond saw it "left on a shelf in a London shop and felt sorry for it" on Christmas Eve 1956, and took it home as a present for his wife Brenda. The couple were living near Paddington Station at the time, so Bond named the bear Paddington and started to write stories about it, "more for fun than with the idea of…

London Mail Rail tunnel

London Mail Rail tunnel

Mary Katrantzou 2014 as seen in Harpers Bazaar May 2016

See all the runway and model photos from the Mary Katrantzou Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection.

The designer of the latest Valentine’s Day stamps from Finland was inspired by nature, art and fairy tales in creating the illustrations.  Called Light of Friendship,

The designer of the latest Valentine’s Day stamps from Finland was inspired by nature, art and fairy tales in creating the illustrations. Called Light of Friendship,

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