Cel (c_elisa) wrote,

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Stamp tinhattery, past lives, and the Fantastic Menagerie Tarot

I only send physical mail about once every three months, and I couldn't remember whether the non-denominated bluebird stamps we had lying around were still current postage or not, so I googled "bluebird stamp." That led me to the Bluebird Postal Stamps page, which explains:
According to the U.S. Postal Service, This colorful Love stamp, called "True Blue" depicts two birds perched on a branch sharing a devoted gaze. The space between them forms a heart. The design is by illustrator Craig Frazier. It's not clear whether the birds are supposed to be stylized bluebirds. If so, they would both be female, as only adult females have a white eye ring.
Illustratorial ignorance, or sekrit gay Love stamp slipped past the Powers That Be? I report, you decide.

C. Elisa's Past Lives

948 BC: A prostitute
1519 AD: An architect
1870 AD: A sailor
'What were you in your past lives?' at QuizGalaxy.com

"Little did I know in that long-ago time when I leaned against a column in the Piraeus calling out "Hey sailor!" that I'd one day be docking my own ship at just such a port...."

My Fantastic Menagerie Tarot came in the mail yesterday, and I've wasted far too much time flipping through the cards and admiring them. It's a Tarot based on animal illustrations by J. J. Grandville, whose work looks a lot like Tenniel. I have no real use for a Tarot deck, but I love the art, and the way the illustrations are matched up to cards fascinates me.

Death as a heron preying on frogs is the image that convinced me to buy the deck. I don't know if you can tell in the scan, but the beetle is carrying a scythe and pointing at the fallen frog.

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