Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sunday Stamps - Beginning to End?

Welcome, to what is  my first Sunday Stamps posting.

When I was about 3 years old, I remember being given a penny UK stamp in a matchbox by my Grandfather.  After then, every time the postman visited with a stamped letter I was given the stamp which I added to the matchbox. I still have those original stamps, mixed in, to what became a childhood collection that I actually still have. Every now and again I pull them out and contemplate selling them, but something stops me. Perhaps it is the link to my childhood and happy memories of my Grandfather. 

So, I was delighted to find this weekly meme, whereby, I might share a stamp or two before I seriously think about parting with my childhood collection for someone else to enjoy.

By way of a slightly different slant on stamps for this week, I shall share the following. Last month we holidayed on the beautiful Island of the Channel Islands known as Jersey. I have over the last few weeks shared our experiences HERE. One of those posts was about the Occupation Tapestry, created in commemoration of Liberating the Channel Islands from German Occupation during the period of 1940-1945. The picture below, is one of twelve panels of the Tapestry and shows the Jersey Stamps.

Submitted as Sunday Stamps hosted by Viridian's Postcard Blog


  1. Julie,
    I was so touched by your memory of that little thing your grandfather did for you. Why is it that such small things leave such a strong impression? Those traditions that our grandparents used to start aren't so typical these days. Are they?
    Thanks Julie. I think I want to start something like that with my kids!

  2. It is marvellous way to commemorate a period of history, hopefully to be seen hundreds of years from now.

  3. I had not heard of the Occupation Tapestry so thanks for the link. I have a few stamps from Jersey, one linking the island to New Jersey.

  4. Betsy, thanks for the comments. I have a few simple treasures that were given to me by my Grandfather, one of which is a little coin which he had from being in Holland during the Second World War. My life has been very shaped by the close bonds I had with my Grandparents and various Aunts.

    Joy & Bob, thanks for stopping by. The tapestry is an absolute wonder and beauty, and we did think that our visits to various historical aspects of the island linking to the Second World War would be fascinating. It was more than that, and on talking to my husband it has left a lasting memory with us.

  5. Thank you so much for joining Sunday Stamps! And thank you for providing a link to more information about the Tapestry.

  6. I'd love to see the tapestry, even this small portion of it looks wonderful. It brings to mind The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Have you read it?

  7. That is a fascinating tapestry.

    I tried to sell my childhood collection a couple of years ago and found out it was worth very little. It would be nice if I knew a child that was interested in stamps, but young peop0le don't seem to be interested in stamps.

  8. Interesting tapestry

    when it comes to politics and government i have nothing to say cos i know nothing also hehe

  9. Viridian & Shelia, thanks to you both for stopping by. I would certainly recommend a visit to the tapestry, which is housed in the Maritime Museum in St. Helier. It is breathtaking. Even my husband who is not especially interested in things like that found it enjoyable and spent time reading the information that accompanied each panel.

    Yes, I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when the book first came out, and did enjoy it. I think though I may read it again and see if I can read it in a different context having been to one of the Islands.

  10. Postcardy & ♥Oh!GoSh♥ thanks for stopping by. I telephoned a local stamp dealer about Easter and was rather put out by the response from the seller, who implied all childhood collections are worthless. While, they are not necessarily money spinners, they were created with love and enjoyment and he didn't have to be so rude! So, I plan to share some favourites and may well given them to my Cousin's children in Australia. Do children enjoy such things any more?

  11. What a great story! Grandparents sure know how to hand down great hobbies. It's very generous of you to someday offer them up to a new person. It's hard to give up great items with such strong memories. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks for commenting, (what a great name!)

    As I am not going to Australia until next year, I have another year to enjoy them and take some photos before packing them and taking them with me. I really do need to check with his mum that he might like them!


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