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

Thursday, 26 February 2015

No 7 - Time

This card came from Katya and her mum, Marina, in Ukraine. 

Katya and Marina always put wonderful stamps on their cards.  In this case they included three clocks from the collections in museums in Lviv.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

No 6 - From England!

Claire in Lincolnshire sent me this pseudo-vintage clock postcard.

It came in an envelope so that Claire could put this fake 'stamp' on the back of the card.

No. 5 - Pocket Watches

Courtesy of my friend Susanne in Germany I got this super card of pocket watches.  Like me, Susanne loves pocket watches. I think they are so stylish and Susanne reckons men in suits look adorable!    After years of wearing a suit day in day out, I never seem to wear a suit nowadays  though sports jackets and open neck shirts are more my thing nowadays.  I've never owned a pocket watch.  I find wearing a waistcoat too hot so I wouldn't be able to show one off to its best advantage..

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

No 4. - On Margaret Island

 Thanks to Ania in Hungary I got this clock card.   Margaret Island is a 2.5 km (1.6 mile) long island, 500 metres (550 yards) wide, in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest. This picture was taken some time ago.

Here is a close-up of the clock which was presumably  to help folk know what time to expect the next train.

I missed the clock on this stamp until Anna pointed it out to me.  I should be more careful!  Thanks Anna.

The Votive Church and Cathedral of Our Lady of Hungary  is a twin-spired church in Szeged. It lies on Dóm square beside the Dömötör tower. Construction began in 1913, but due to the outbreak of the First World War, it was not completed until 1930. The church serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Szeged–Csanád.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

No 3 - Old Joe

This card only travelled 100 miles - from Liz in Birmingham in the Midlands, England.

This clock tower is known as Old Joe but, more formally, bears the title of  the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower.   Old Joe is the world’s tallest freestanding clock tower.

Students have to be careful not to walk nder the clock tower as the clock is striking or (so the tradition goes) they will fail their exams.

Old Joe shone purple last week to celebrate LGBT History Month.  Its clock face was bathed in purple light, a colour historically associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It also is the symbolic colour worn on Spirit Day, a commemoration that began in 2010 to show support for young people who are bullied because of their sexual orientation.

Lz used one of the latest Alice in Wonderland stamps, issued by Royal Mail last month.  The one she used was appropriately, the White Rabbit...

The White Rabbit appears at the very beginning of the book wearing a waistcoat and a watch, and muttering "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"  Alice follows him down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.

Thank you , Liz!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

No. 2 - from Sweden

2389 - Monica not only managed to find me a clock on a postcard ...

but a clock stamp as well.  Actually there are two clock stamps - the left hand one has a Coltsfoot plant which, like the Dandelion, has a seedhead known as a clock in English.  I wonder if it is so called in Swedish?

The painting on the postcard is by Kerstin Westin.  Kerstin is a watercolorist best known for her works that feature antique decorations and furniture in authentic environments.   Kerstin incorporates the properties of light into her watercolors. “One should be able to feel and see if it’s autumn, morning or evening….to gain a sense of the history behind objects in the painting….the imagination is stimulated….who could, or had lived, in the space shown?”   Kerstin was born in 1955 in Lycksele and now resides in the South Sunderbyn area of Northern Sweden’s Luleå municipality.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

No 1 - Mail Art and a postcard - what a good start.

2388 - You cannot help but smile at the first envelope I received for this project.  Thank you Eva.

And inside was my first clock postcard -

This is Tock, a "watchdog" with an alarm clock on him, who helps Milo, the hero of The Phantom Tollbooth.  Milo is a boy bored by the world around him; every activity seems a waste of time. He arrives home from school one day to find in his bedroom a mysterious package that contains a miniature tollbooth and a map of "the Lands Beyond". Attached is a note addressed "FOR MILO, WHO HAS PLENTY OF TIME". He assembles the tollbooth, takes the map, drives through the tollbooth in his toy car, and instantly finds himself on a road to Expectations. He pays no attention to his route and soon becomes lost in the Doldrums, a colorless place where thinking and laughing are not allowed. However, he is found there and rescued by Tock who joins him on his journey.