United States #1435 (1971)

Apollo 15 & the Lunar Rover

On July 30, 1971, Apollo 15 landed on the Moon with the first Lunar Roving Vehicle. This was the ninth manned mission in the United States’ Apollo program, the fourth to land on the Moon, and the eighth successful manned mission. It was the first of what were termed “J missions”, long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on … Continue reading Apollo 15 & the Lunar Rover

Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Twenty-year-old Diana Frances Spencer became the Princess of Wales when she married Charles, Prince of Wales — the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II — on July 29, 1981, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The service was widely described as a “fairytale wedding” and was watched by a global television audience of 750 million people while 600,000 spectators lined the streets to catch … Continue reading Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Thailand Post #TH-1131 (2017)

The Birthday of King Rama X

Today, July 28, is a new holiday to the Thai calendar following last year’s death of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej — King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday (Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua Maha Wachiralongkon Bodinthrathepphayawarangkun  (วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร). A number of celebrations are planned throughout the nation in an effort to give the King a higher profile as the final cremation rites for … Continue reading The Birthday of King Rama X

Trengganu [Malaysian State] #101 (1971)

Trengganu [Malaysian State] #101 (1971)

Terengganu (ترڠڬانو, in Jawi)), formerly spelled Trengganu or Tringganu, is a sultanate and constitutive state of federal Malaysia. The state is also known by its Arabic honorific, Dāru l-Īmān (“Abode of Faith”). The coastal city of Kuala Terengganu which stands at the mouth of the broad Terengganu River is both the state and royal capital as well as the largest city in Terengganu. There are … Continue reading Trengganu [Malaysian State] #101 (1971)

United States #948a (1947)

Benjamin Franklin & the Establishment of the United States Post Office

On July 26, 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the United States Post Office and named Benjamin Franklin as the first United States Postmaster General. Franklin had been a postmaster for decades and was a natural choice for the position. He had just returned from England and was appointed chairman of a Committee of Investigation to establish a postal system. The report of the Committee, … Continue reading Benjamin Franklin & the Establishment of the United States Post Office

Thurn und Taxis [Southern District]

The design used for the stamps of Thurn-und-Taxis Post was somewhat similar to that used by Baden, Bavaria and Wurtemburg during the same period. They were printed in a similar manner to the stamps of those entities on paper of different colors. A contract was made with a paper manufacturer at Hanau on November 15, 1851, for a supply of suitable paper; another contract was … Continue reading Thurn und Taxis [Southern District]