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!

Iran (Y&T #BF64): The Silk Road

Sometime in my late teens, I received a large parcel from a relative — found when helping to clear out the home of a friend’s deceased parent. It contained thousands of stamps, postal cards and covers from Persia and Iraq, mostly dated to the early part of the twentieth century up until the late 1920s and early 1930s.  Thus began a lifelong fascination with the … Continue reading Iran (Y&T #BF64): The Silk Road

Lithuania (Michel #1300): Lithuanian Flag Day

First of all, let me wish all of you faithful readers of A Stamp A Day a very hearty “Happy New Year”. In 2020, I plan to focus my collecting and stamp blogging activities almost exclusively to New Issues which will be covered by my other blog, Philatelic Pursuits. Whatever posts I may make to ASAD will most likely be of more recent stamps although … Continue reading Lithuania (Michel #1300): Lithuanian Flag Day

100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of the commemoration of Armistice Day, originally set to recall the end of hostilities of First World War on 11 November 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” … Continue reading 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day

Who Was Turdakun Usubaliev?

Kyrgyzstan: Turdakun Usubaliev, 05 November 2019. Image from GULFMANN STAMPS WORLD.

First, I have a confession to make. I do not actually own any of the philatelic items depicted in today’s article.  I discovered them on another blog dedicated to new issues in my endless quest for interesting stamps.  As I often do, I wondered, “Who is this person?”  The fact that the stamp pictured above is being released by one of the two postal operators in Kyrgyzstan on this very day — 5 November 2019 — prompted me to find out with the aim of putting together A Stamp A Day’s first article in quite some time.

My only real connection to the issuing entity itself is that my company employed a Kyrgyz national last year whom I trained to work at our various English camps.  His homeland is an intriguing place so let us begin with a bit of background before we get to the subject of today’s stamp. Continue reading “Who Was Turdakun Usubaliev?”

International Left Handers Day

August 13 is observed annually as International Left Handers Day ito celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. I have been a “southpaw” for most of my life, so I this is a holiday that I whole-heartedly support.  The day was first observed in the year 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. who created it to bring attention … Continue reading International Left Handers Day