I have decided to collect postcards and mail art of CLOCKS during 2015. They can be clocks in any form - I bet there is a clock postcard in your collection of cards to send. So any will be gratefully received and will be posted on this blog. If you haven't corresponded with me before please feel free to e-mail scriptorsenex at gmail dot com to ask for my address. All cards and mail art received will generate a card from me to you so if we are not regular correspondents please put your address on the card. Thank You! John Edwards

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Dozens and Dozens

I have received dozens and dozens of clocks during the year but regrettably did not manage to post them on this blog.  So I think I shall close this blog down and concentrate on my main postcard one (and Rambles from my Chair).  But before I do, I have to show you this great piece of mail art I got from Eva.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

No 41 - Home Sweet Home

From Susanne in Germany came this wonderful card by Suzan Visser.

Susanne won one of three prizes given by the German post to celebrate 10 years of Postcrossing - some Postcrossing stamps.  She kindly used one on this card for me.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

No 40 - From the Museum Alexandrovskaya sloboda

From the Museum Alexandrovskaya sloboda, a fragmentary reconstruction of a clock of the seventeenth century.  Kindly sent to me by Eduard Egorov in exchange for a window postcard for his window project.

Eduard put three clock stamps on his card.

No 39 - At least a Third Hand Clock

Few people (if any) send me more clock cards than Heleen in the Netherlands and while I was away in Scotland she sent me lots.  This was one of my favourites and  just had to get my clock blog active again.

Heleen found it at a postcard collectors' market and as soon as she saw the clock on it she decided it had to come to me.  She sent me a note with it showing the outcome of her research into its history.  The postmark shows it was first posted in Argentina in around 1909, the year my mother was born, 106 years ago.  Despite the address being beautifully written it could not be found!  (aan't adres onbekend - Dutch for 'Address unknown')

Heleen set me wondering about lots of other things like was it only men to whom postcards were sent or did you add an 'a' or an 'ita' to a woman?

Monday, 11 May 2015

No 38 - A chance stamp.

Gabriela in Romania sent me a postcrossing card.  She didn't know anything about me collecting clocks this year but by chance she included a clock on one of her stamps.

No 37 - A lot of Clocks!!!!!

My wonderful friend in Dortmund, Susanne, found this card for me -

I'm not sure what the time is!

No 36 - Spanish stamp

A stamp from Eva - who sometimes posts from Morocco and sometimes from Spain - Happy New Year!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015

No 33 - Postmark on a maxi card

This maxi card from Susanne was one of a few she sent, either for me to keep or to pass on.  This one is a keeper!  I wonder if she saw that it had a stopwatch on it?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

32 - Potznan - by chance

Quite by chance Rani, a postcrosser from Poland, sent a clock card (2603)   This is on the Poznan Town Hall.

Monday, 20 April 2015

No 31 - Nearly two o'clock

Sini sent this from a postcrossing meet-up in Lahti.

There was also a special cancellation of the LAPOEX stamp exhibition.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

30 - A café in Budapest

From Ania in Hungary came this lovely looking card of a café on the Bude side of the city.  Ania says it has a cozy atmosphere and I think the picture captures that.

No. 29 - An Hour-glass

Here, from Susanne, is another form of 'clock' - an hour-glass, also known as a sandglass, sand timer, sand watch, sand clock, or, most commonly, an egg timer.

The text reads - "There are times when everything is upside-down."

No 28 - Edward Hopper's Barber's Shop

Eva in Morocco sent me this painting by Edward Hopper.   Irrespective of the clock it is a super painting (and has a reading woman as well!)

No 27 - Eindhoven

Despite having other things on her mind, Heleen from The Netherlands sent me this card of Eindhoven train station to add to my clock collection.  Thanks Heleen.

I like this modern clock face - 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

No 26 - World Clock, Berlin

Susanne sent me this unusually shaped card of Berlin's TV Tower (365M) and World Clock

The stamp shows Frankfurt Cathedral and there is a tiny clock on it.

Friday, 17 April 2015

No 25 - Groninger Hoogfepunfen

Heleen from the Netherlands sent me this collection of clocks

The third tower also has a sun dial as a bonus!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

No 24 - A grand pocket watch

This grand pocket watch came from Sini in Finland.

Sini sent it from a postcrossing meet-up in Jarvenpaa and it was signed by those who attended....
Thanks to all of you.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

No 23 - In a Hungarian Market

Ania from Hungary sent me this for the clock collection.  I love it - it reminds me of the humorous (but no longer politically correct)  cards that used to be on sale in seaside towns when I was young.

No 22 - A Cuckoo Clock

Katya and her Mum, Marina, sent  me this super card.

It has two clocks -
and lots of other lovely bits
The illustrator is Alexey Dokotov.

The stamps gave me three more clocks -

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Nos 18 - 21 - Pocket Watches

This great collection of pocket watches came from Sini in Finland.

No 17 - Big Ben

Oksana from Belarus sent me this card which combines two of my favourite themes - cats and clocks.  The clock in question is commonly known as Big Ben and is at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London.  "Big Ben" is actually the nickname for  the clock;'s Great Bell  but  is often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower.

The tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, renamed as such to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II (prior to being renamed in 2012 it was known as simply "Clock Tower"). The tower holds the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world (Minneapolis City Hall being the first). The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place. The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

No 16 - The Peacock Clock

This is from my friend Irina in St Petersburg.  This  is large automaton featuring three life-sized mechanical birds.

It was manufactured by the British entrepreneur James Cox in the 2nd half of the 18th century and through the influence of Grigory Potemkin it was acquired by Catherine the Great in 1781. Today it is a prominent exhibit in the collections of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

Irina also used this stamp -

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

No. 15 - The University of Valencia

In May 1932 a fire took place at the University of Valencia destroying the Natural History Museum which had been established there.  This photo from Eva (who studied there) shows the fire in progress with smoke swirling round the statue of Juan Luis Vives, a 16th Century Valencian scholar and humanist.

And, of course, it shows a clock.  I would have been more than happy to receive this even without the clock because it is such an evocative image.