Keeping Posted with Saint Catherine
From Annie in Moscow comes this iconic American image by artist Gil Elvgren, sometimes known as “Fan Mail” but usually referred to as “Keeping Posted”. Working as a photographer, it’s only natural that Annie should be an excellent critic of art featuring the human form.
With a postcard from Russia, of course, comes a Russian stamp. The stamp was so large it had to be placed on the postcard sideways, and features the sash and medal of the Order of St. Catherine the Great Martyr (Орден Святой Великомученицы Екатерины). The award was established in Russia in 2012 to honor both Russians and foreigners for “outstanding contributions toward peacekeeping, charity, humanitarian efforts, and the preservation of cultural heritage”, and is akin to a chivalric order from old Imperial Russia of the same name. Be sure to visit the other blogs celebrating Sunday Stamps this week.