New Caledonia #252 (1942)

New Caledonia #252 (1942)

New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) east of Australia and 10,026 miles (16,136 km) east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield … Continue reading New Caledonia #252 (1942)

Mozambique Company #165 (1935)

One of the very first stamps I remember adding to my stamp collection as a boy of nine or ten was a stamp from the Mozambique Company, one of those stamp-issuing entities that wasn’t even a colony or country. The stamp was a beautifully-engraved bicolored stamp, in a triangular shape and pictured a coiled snake — a rock python. I don’t recall the denomination or colors; … Continue reading Mozambique Company #165 (1935)

Montenegro #J19 (1907)

The Principality of Montenegro (Књажевина Црнa Горa — Knjaževina Crna Gora in Serbian) was a former realm in Southeastern Europe that existed from March 13, 1852, to August 28, 1910. It was then proclaimed a kingdom by Nikola I, who then became king. The capital was Cetinje and the Montenegrin perper was used as state currency from 1906. The territory corresponded to the central area of modern … Continue reading Montenegro #J19 (1907)

Middle Congo #1 (1907)

Wait a minute….hasn’t this stamp appeared on ‘A Stamp A Day’ before? Well, yes and no. A number of French possessions in western Africa overprinted the first three designs issued by Middle Congo, usually in changed colors. The lower-denomination leopard stamps are the only designs that I currently own from a few of these colonial entities. Previously, I have included these stamps on the entries … Continue reading Middle Congo #1 (1907)

Martinique #67 (1908)

Martinique is an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) northeast of the coast of South America and about 435 miles (700 km) southeast of the Dominican Republic. It is directly north of St. Lucia, northwest of Barbados, southeast of both are Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and south of Dominica. and had … Continue reading Martinique #67 (1908)

The First Voyage of James Cook

On August 26, 1768, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Endeavour departed from Plymouth-Dock (Devonport), England, carrying 94 people and 18 months of provisions starting the first of three Pacific voyages of which James Cook was the commander. The aims of this expedition were to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun (June 2-3, 1769) and to seek evidence of the postulated Terra Australis … Continue reading The First Voyage of James Cook

Madagascar [French Colony] #150 (1930)

The editors of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue occasionally make what I consider to be rather odd decisions in their listings. The British Post Office in Siam, for example, is alphabetically listed in Volume 1 as “Bangkok” rather than under Great Britain > British Offices Abroad. In the same vein, I’ve never really agreed with the placement of the Confederate States following the listings … Continue reading Madagascar [French Colony] #150 (1930)

Liechtenstein #45 (1920)

The Principality of Liechtenstein (Fürstentum Liechtenstein in German) is a doubly landlocked German-speaking microstate in Central Europe, situated in the Upper Rhine valley of the European Alps and is bordered to the east by Austria and to the south and west by Switzerland. The entire western border of Liechtenstein is formed by the Rhine. Measured south to north the country is about 15 miles (24 … Continue reading Liechtenstein #45 (1920)