Afghanistan #29 (1874)

Afghanistan #29 (1874)

Yes, that is a stamp albeit a rather basic (even ugly) one.  That is one of the famed “Tiger’s Head” stamps issued by the mountainous landlocked country in central Asia we know as Afghanistan.  It began issuing stamps in 1871 when it was known as the Kingdom of Kabul. The  Scott catalogue lists 108 different major numbers for the Tiger’s Heads between 1871 and 1878 and … Continue reading Afghanistan #29 (1874)

Afars And Issas #319 (1968)

Afars and Issas #319 (1968)

The French overseas territory of Afars and Issas issued stamps under that  name  for just under ten years but had evolved out of the original Territory of Obock and then as Côte Française des Somalis (French Somali Coast) before its renaming in 1967 to Territoire Français des Afars et des Issas.  This was to recognize the two primary clans of people that live in the area.  On … Continue reading Afars and Issas #319 (1968)

Aegean Islands (Dodecanese) #2 (1912)

Aegean Islands #2 (1912)

The Aegean Islands, or Dodecanese, are a group of islands just to the west of Turkey that were occupied by Italy during the Italo-Turkish War in 1912 until the end of World War II.  Although the name means “twelve islands”, there were actually fourteen in the Italian occupation including Rhodes and Castelrosso.  Overprinted Italian stamps were used for all of the islands with two stamps … Continue reading Aegean Islands #2 (1912)

San Marino #886 (1976)

Happy 4th of July!

July the fourth is celebrated by Americans worldwide as Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the birth of the United States of America.  There have been a great many stamps issued over the years honoring this event — and others in American history, both by the U.S. and numerous other nations.  Personally, my favorite is the strip of … Continue reading Happy 4th of July!

Aden #23a (1945)

Aden #23a (1945)

One of the countries that I avidly collect is the Southern Arabian British crown colony of Aden which issued stamps between 1937 and 1965.  Before that, it used Indian colonial stamps.  I currently have 40 out of 81 the colony released.  My favorite stamp (thus far) from Aden is Scott #23a which was released on January 15, 1945.  I love the detail of the engraving on … Continue reading Aden #23a (1945)