Sri Lanka 1970 New UPU HQ Stamp

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Look I think its great that the Universal Postal Union (UPU) got a brand new building way back in 1970 and that Sri Lanka felt the need to issue a completely unimaginative stamp to commemorate this glorious event but why on earth did they mark the face value in the red stamp using fractions?

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A love for stuffy old buildings

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Old buildings just get me. I don’t care if they are dusty or creaky or ugly or old – I love them with a passion. There is also a penchant to stand in them with my eyes squeezed shut trying to recall my past lives. There should be at least one in which I was the Dowager Countess of Grantham, I swear.

Downton Abbey quote - Violet Crawley

Telephones are the pits

I should point out though, that I would not actually want to live in one of these great hulking beasts today unless I had an army of maids and butlers. As a personal preference, I like to inhabit solidly air-conditioned (fuck the goddamn tropics), minimalist spaces with little to no furniture (when can we have self cleaning apartments again?) but this isn’t about my hangups, this was supposed to be about stamps. Specifically, these beauties.

Colonial Buildings of Sri Lanka

Colonial Buildings of Sri Lanka

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150th Anniversary of the National Hospital

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I’ve been putting off posting this for months because it is so uninspiring. Basically, 20 March 2015 saw Sri Lanka issue yet another dull stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of, what is at least a useful local institution – the National Hospital. This would have been so much nicer if they left off the people, because the building sketch on the right is actually quite interesting. If you collect medical or architecture related themes, you may want to add this to your collection.

hospital copy

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