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cos-mo-post-al-an [koz-muh-postal-en]: adjective/noun
1. a person
who belongs to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world; can make their home anywhere in the world.
2. a person who believes fully that postage stamps and mail connect the world, regardless of where, from or to, they go.
3. the joyful experience of knowing you're a local because your mail made it to its destination

The postage stamp is truly wonderful. It can travel the world, experience the lives of a million different people, go through the doors of strangers; and never once lose sight of where it's headed.
Welcome to the land of cosmopostalan : travel, mail and words. It's a crazy little place in my corner of the woods; wherever that may be!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Special Post

From the lovely B;

Earlier this month, I posted about a letter I was sending to my dear friend B, and how I hoped he would receive the letter upon his arrival in the UK.
He did.

And then he brought me back some gorgeous stamps, and stamp paraphenalia, from each location he visited in Europe.
I can't even begin to describe how beautiful each and every single one of the stamps are. So let me show you with some photographs...

These are some beautiful used (as in, handcancelled) stamps that from the Bath Postal Museum (who knew there was such a thing?) and I absolutely love the Australia ones. Especially the Opera House piece. It's been too long since I've seen that one!

Some current issue stamps from London -- usage allowed only in the UK, I assume. (Correct me if I'm wrong)

 And some truly special French stamps -- both Portraits de femmes and les timbres de Ben. My favourite is the les timbres de Ben collection because of the simplicity of the words and colours of the stamps. There is nothing quite like getting your point a foreign language. The stamp above is my favourite: j'aime escrire. "I love writing". Because I DO! Another one I love is: ceci est un lettre. "This is a letter". And the wonderfully true: j'ai quelque chose a dire. "I have something to say".

So, they have both been added to my collection of European stamps, which I will be using when I head to Europe in a few months time. I can't wait to send the dear B a piece of mail from Europe using none other than the fabulous stamps he has provided me with.

B -- I can't thank you enough. I love them.

Stamps say a thousand words--and a letter says a thousand more,
          ~ Ms. Always Traveling


  1. I sent it about 1 and a half weeks ago.. ugh, sometimes the postal service irritates me...
    Ok, well give it another day or two. If nothing is from me, I will send you a new letter.
    It's really a bummer though because the envelope I made was amazing (in my opinion) and I only had a small amount of that print.. And selected it just for you because I know how much you enjoy traveling!..
    Sigh.. oh well..
    Have a nice day! ;)

  2. What a bummer!! Of course, I'll keep on the look-out for it. Let's give it until Friday, and then I'll let you know over the weekend.
    Really?! That sounds awesome! I'll keep checking my mail box in hopes!!

    Have a bloody great day--

  3. I think I need to buy your stamp collection... :)

    I very much enjoy this!!



Thank you for your lovely postal ponderings!
May today be a beautiful, full-of-mail kind-of day!
~ Ms. Always Traveling