Alsace #N29 (1940)

Alsace #N29 (1940)

As mentioned in yesterday’s article, the German Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine (Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringen or Elsass-Lothringen) was returned to France following the end of World War I.  German troops departed between November 11 and 17, 1918, following Kaiser Wilhelm II’s abdication on November 9th and a very brief period during which a Soviet Republic of Alsace-Lorraine was proclaimed by an organization calling itself the Soldiers’ Council … Continue reading Alsace #N29 (1940)

Alsace And Lorraine #N1 (1870)

Alsace and Lorraine #N1 (1870)

Scott #N1 of Alsace and Lorraine has the distinction of being the first occupation stamp ever issued, appearing sometime shortly after the Franco-Prussian War began on July 19, 1870.  A cultural and historical region in eastern France, the areas of Alsace and Lorraine are located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland.  The region was part of … Continue reading Alsace and Lorraine #N1 (1870)

Allenstein #25 (1920)

Allenstein #25 (1920)

Allenstein was a district in East Prussia centered upon the city of the same name (currently the Polish city of Olsztyn) which overprinted German stamps in April 1920 to publicize a self-determination vote known as a plebiscite. The name is German for “castle on the Alle River”, construction of which was begun by Teutonic knights in 1347 and completed fifty years later. Since 1999, the … Continue reading Allenstein #25 (1920)

Thailand #323 (1957)

Happy Vassa Day / สุขสันต์วันเข้าพรรษา

The day following Asanha Bucha in Thailand is called Wan Khao Phansa.  It’s the first day of the Thai Phansa (พรรษา), the annual rains retreat observed by Theravada practitioners. Taking place during the wet season, Phansa (also known as Vassa, or Buddhist Lent) lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October (from July 20 to October 16 in 2016). For the duration of this period, monks remain inside monasteries … Continue reading Happy Vassa Day / สุขสันต์วันเข้าพรรษา

Thailand #1747 (1997)

Happy Asanha Bucha Day / สุขสันต์วันอาสาฬหบูชา

Today is an important Buddhist holiday in Thailand, where I’ve lived for more than a decade now. Asanha Bucha Day (วันอาสาฬหบูชา) is a Theravada Buddhist festival which typically takes place in July, on the full moon of the eighth lunar month.  Also known as Dharma Day, it’s one of Theravada Buddhism’s most important festivals, celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates … Continue reading Happy Asanha Bucha Day / สุขสันต์วันอาสาฬหบูชา

Algeria #81 (1936)

Algeria #81 (1936)

Choosing a stamp for today’s entry was tough as I have nearly one hundred issues from the French colonial period of Algeria — Africa’s largest country, situated in the northern part of the continent on the Mediterranean coast — and many of these are quite pleasing to the eye.  The country was named after the capital city of Algiers, deriving from the Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir, “the islands”).  Today, … Continue reading Algeria #81 (1936)

Alexandria #27 (1902)

Alexandria #27 (1902)

  Currently Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in April 331 BC as Ἀλεξάνδρεια (Alexandria), or al-Iskandariyyah (الإسكندرية) in Arabic.  Alexandria was intended to supersede Naucratis as a Hellenistic center in Egypt, and to be the link between Greece and the rich Nile valley.  It became the intellectual and cultural center of the Hellenistic civilization, remaining the capital of Hellenistic and Roman and … Continue reading Alexandria #27 (1902)

Alexandretta #7 (1938)

Alexandretta #7 (1938)

A political territory in Syria bordering the Mediterranean sea, Alexandretta was founded in 333 BC by Alexander the Great as the key to the Syrian Gates (Belen Pass) and was originally located about 23 miles (37 km) south of the scene of his victory at the Battle of Issus.  Alexander camped in the highlands around Esentepe and then ordered the city to be established and … Continue reading Alexandretta #7 (1938)