Austria #114a (1913)

Austria #114a (1913)

It was quite difficult to choose a stamp for today’s edition of A Stamp A Day.  I have a long association with Austria and have many early examples of the nation’s stamps in my collection.  My favorites are probably Scott #5, issued in 1850 which bears a really nice postmark from Trieste, and Scott #45 from 1883 significant for a beautifully-struck Joachimsthal cancellation.  My interests … Continue reading Austria #114a (1913)

Australian Antarctic Territory #L6 (1961)

Australian Antarctic Territory #L6 (1961)

The Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) was claimed by the United Kingdom and placed under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1933. It is the largest territory of Antarctica claimed by any nation, consisting of all the islands and territory south of 60°S and between 45°E and 160°E, except for Adélie Land (136°E to 142°E), which divides the territory into Western AAT (the larger portion) … Continue reading Australian Antarctic Territory #L6 (1961)

Thailand #TH-1016 (2013)

Thailand Post Day / วันที่โพสต์ในประเทศไทยวันที่โพสต์ในประเทศไทย

Today is celebrated by posties here in the Land of Smiles as Thailand Post Day, marking the date in 2003 that the government-owned company — Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) — separated into two companies, CAT Telecom and Thailand Post Company Limited.  They come under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), which itself was only formed in October 2002 and … Continue reading Thailand Post Day / วันที่โพสต์ในประเทศไทยวันที่โพสต์ในประเทศไทย

Australia #423 (1966)

Australia #423 (1966)

The Commonwealth of Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area measuring a total of 2,969,907 square miles (7,692,024 square kilometers).  It’s capital is Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory while the largest city is Sydney in New South Wales.  The name “Australia” is derived from the Latin Terra … Continue reading Australia #423 (1966)

Thailand #922 (1980)

Happy Thai Mothers Day / วันแม่ของไทยมีความสุข

Today is the 83rd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit (สิริกิติ์) of Thailand, queen consort of His Royal Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej (ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช).  Born on August 12, 1932, in Bangkok, she met the King in Paris where her father was the Thai ambassador.  Following a road accident in October 1948, Sirikit visited Bhumiphol frequently at the hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.  The King selected a boarding school … Continue reading Happy Thai Mothers Day / วันแม่ของไทยมีความสุข

Ascension #46 (1944)

Ascension #46 (1944)

Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, roughly midway between the horn of South America and Africa, located around one thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) from the coast of Africa and 1,400 miles (2,250 kilometers) from the coast of Brazil, It is governed as part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da … Continue reading Ascension #46 (1944)

Aruba #266 (2005)

Aruba #266 (2005)

The island of Aruba is one of four countries (along with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten) that comprise the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  It is located in the southern Caribbean Sea about 990 miles (1,600 kilometers) west of the main part of the Lesser Antilles and 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of the coast of Venezuela.  Lying outside of Hurricane Alley, Aruba forms a group with … Continue reading Aruba #266 (2005)

Armenia #300 (1922)

Armenia #300 (1922)

Present-day Armenia (Հայաստան in Armenian script) constitutes less than one-tenth of the old Kingdom of Armenia.   Located in the South Caucasus region of Western Asia on the Armenian Highland, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan’s exclave of Nakhchivan to the south and is … Continue reading Armenia #300 (1922)