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.


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8 Responses

  1. VioletSky says:

    Neat pin up card (but then, looking through your site, you have quite a few neat ones!)
    Many of the Russian stamps I have are tiny ones, so it must have thrown snail-mailers off to have such a large on to affix.

  2. Maria says:

    Wow! An uncommon Russian stamp for me. It’s my first time to see a larger than usual Russian stamp and featuring something else other than the ones with animals and architectural features which I usually get at the back of postcards I get from there.

  3. Bob Scotney says:

    When I saw the pin-up I almost forgot it was a post for Sunday Stamps!
    The medal is very impressive and a fitting subject for a stamp.

  4. viridian61 says:

    Thank you for a pick me up today! :-)Maybe you have some more Russain stamps for next week? Good to see you here!

  5. Great card with an even greater stamp!

  6. Lisa says:

    Very nice stamp and I like the historical connection.

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