Today’s entry is a bit unusual in that it concerns a stamp-issuing entity that wasn’t a country, territory or a colony. In fact, it wasn’t a place at all but a family. The Tasso family began providing mail courier services for Italian city-states in the 13th century. By the 16th century, they had a monopoly on postal services, operating a network of postal routes in Spain, … Continue reading Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)
The Kingdom of Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย — Ratcha Anachak Thai) is a country at the center of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. With a total area of 198,120 square miles (513,120 square kilometers), Thailand is the world’s 50th largest country. It is the 20th most populous country in the world, with 67,959,000 people (2015 estimate). Officially called the Kingdom of Rattanakosin (อาณาจักรรัตนโกสินทร์ — Anachak Rattanakosin) from … Continue reading Thailand #TH-1065 (2015)
“A Stamp A Day” is taking a brief holiday due partly because of “technical difficulties” (i.e., dismally slow Internet making it difficult to upload images) and partly because of mental exhaustion from my work as a teacher. The Kingdom of Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย — Ratcha-anachak Thai in Thai) is next in the alphabetical journey through the stamp issuers in my collection. Since this has been my home for … Continue reading Please Stand By….
The Colony of Tasmania was a British colony that existed on the island of Tasmania from 1856 until 1901, when it federated together with the five other Australian colonies to form the Commonwealth of Australia. It was originally named Anthony Van Diemen’s Land (Anthoonij van Diemenslandt in Dutch) by the explorer Abel Tasman who landed at Blackman’s Bay in 1642 and later flew the Dutch flag … Continue reading Tasmania #88 (1899)
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on the Moon at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first human in history to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the … Continue reading Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation (Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft in German, Confédération suisse in French, Confederazione Svizzera in Italian, Confederaziun svizra in Romansh, and Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin), is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. Extending across the north and south side of the Alps in west-central Europe, Switzerland encompasses a great diversity of landscapes and climates in a limited … Continue reading Switzerland #569 (1974)
At 10:20 pm (22:20:26 UTC) on July 18, 1966, the Gemini 10 space mission launched from Cape Kennedy’s pad LC-19, carrying two astronauts. It was the eighth manned Project Gemini flight, the 16th manned American flight and the 24th spaceflight of all time. This was the first use of the Agena Target Vehicle’s propulsion systems while the spacecraft rendezvoused with the Agena Target Vehicle from Gemini … Continue reading Gemini 10 Space Mission
The Kingdom of Sweden (Konungariket Sverige in Swedish) is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. To the west is the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna), a range that separates Sweden from Norway. Finland is located to its north-east. It has maritime borders … Continue reading Sweden #749 (1971)