Karl Drais and the Dandy Horse or, The Invention of the Bicycle

On 12 June 1817, the earliest form of bicycle, the dandy horse, was driven by inventor and baron Karl von Drais. Dandy horse is actually a derogatory term for what Drais initially called the Laufmaschine or “running machine”. It was later called a vélocipède or draisienne (in French and then English), and then a pedestrian curricle or hobby-horse. This was the first commercially successful two-wheeled, steerable, … Continue reading Karl Drais and the Dandy Horse or, The Invention of the Bicycle

King Kamehameha I: His Life, His Statues, His Holiday (and A Few Stamps)

Each year on June 11, the U.S. state of Hawaii celebrates the public holiday of King Kamehameha I Dayi. It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaiʻi — comprising the Hawaiian Islands of Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The holiday was first observed in 1872. Today, King Kamehameha I Day is treated with elaborate … Continue reading King Kamehameha I: His Life, His Statues, His Holiday (and A Few Stamps)

The Death of Dickens: An Examination of His Characters and Reputation

Charles Dickens is right at the top of my list of favorite writers (I usually place him either even with or just below Samuel L. Clemons AKA Mark Twain). I took a look at the life of Dickens with a bit of a philatelic tribute on his birth anniversary in 2019, showcasing a few stamps and covers along with a brief biography. With 2020 marking … Continue reading The Death of Dickens: An Examination of His Characters and Reputation

Stamps Everyday….On Twitter

During this lengthy stay-at-home period (I think I just passed Day 50 of being essentially unemployed), I have spent quite a bit of time online.  I am usually pursuing images and information for new stamp issues to add to my Philatelic Pursuits site. I had decided to make tracking as many 2020 stamp issues as possible my primary stamp-related goal for the year and will … Continue reading Stamps Everyday….On Twitter

Victory in Europe Day, AKA Liberation Day, Victory Over Fascism Day, and More….

Victory in Europe Day celebrates the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. VE Day (or V-E Day in the United States) is observed by most Western European states on 8 May with several of the Channel Islands marking their … Continue reading Victory in Europe Day, AKA Liberation Day, Victory Over Fascism Day, and More….

United States #1245: John Muir

John Muir was born in Scotland on 21 April 1838. Also known as “John of the Mountains” and “Father of the National Parks”,he was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by … Continue reading United States #1245: John Muir

Vietnam #VN1121b: Coronavirus COVID-19

My posts on A Stamp A Day tend to be detailed and accompanied by a number of images in an attempt to provide a one-stop reference for the subject portrayed on the featured stamp. Not so today. The mere image of the stamp or reading the title of the entry is enough in this case.  The coronavirus COVID-19 is the one topic everyone throughout the … Continue reading Vietnam #VN1121b: Coronavirus COVID-19

United States #O145: Take A Leap Today!

It has been a very busy couple of months for me and I will be relieved when the Thai school year comes to an end during the first half of March.  Today, I even have yet another working day rather than a holiday (of which I only had one during the entire month of February and two in January), While I have forced myself to … Continue reading United States #O145: Take A Leap Today!