Ivory Coast #112 (1936)

The French colony of Ivory Coast, usually referred to as Côte d’Ivoire, was located in western sub-Saharan Africa. It was a protectorate of France from 1843 until 1844 and became a colony in 1893 amid the European scramble for Africa. It was a member of French West Africa (Afrique occidentale française, AOF), a federation of eight French colonial territories in Africa that existed from 1895 until 1960. … Continue reading Ivory Coast #112 (1936)

Lebanese Republic #115 (1930)

Lebanon (لبنان‎‎ — Lubnān in Arabic or Liban in French), officially known as the Lebanese Republic (الجمهورية اللبنانية‎‎ — al-Jumhūrīyah al-Lubnānīyah or République libanaise), is a sovereign state in Western Asia between latitudes 33° and 35° N and longitudes 35° and 37° E. Its land straddles the “northwest of the Arabian plate” and is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to … Continue reading Lebanese Republic #115 (1930)

United States #5211 (2017)

Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017, is ECLIPSE DAY, at least if you reside in the United States of America. A few hours from now as I write this, a total solar eclipse will be visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States. No non-U.S. land will experience totality during this eclipse as it travels across the Pacific Ocean prior to making landfall and following … Continue reading Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017

Cocos (Keeling) Islands #69 (1981)

The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Wilayah Pulau Cocos (Keeling) in Malay), also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island and approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka. The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population … Continue reading Cocos (Keeling) Islands #69 (1981)

Christmas Island #233 (1989)

Christmas Island #233 (1989)

I recently received a couple of letters from friends in Australia, the envelopes of which bear stamps of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands along with those from Australia. These Australian dependencies in the Indian Ocean (as well as Norfolk Island in the South Pacific) have their stamps issued by Australia Post; these are valid for use in Australia and its other territories and vice versa. … Continue reading Christmas Island #233 (1989)

Cretan State #53 (1900)

The Cretan State (Κρητική Πολιτεία — Kritiki Politia — in Greek or كريد دولتى‎ — Girit Devleti — in Ottoman Turkish) was established in 1898, following the intervention by the Great Powers (Britain, France, Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Russia) on the island of Crete. In 1897, an insurrection in Crete led the Ottoman Empire to declare war on Greece, which led Great Britain, France, Italy and Russia to … Continue reading Cretan State #53 (1900)

Robert Fulton’s “Clermont”

On August 17, 1807, a 150-foot (46 meter) long boat developed by American engineer and inventor Robert Fulton sailed from New York City on a voyage up the Hudson River — at that time often called the North River —to Albany, 150 miles away, That boat was the North River Steamboat but now remembered as the Clermont and is widely regarded as he world’s first vessel to demonstrate … Continue reading Robert Fulton’s “Clermont”

Congo Free State #24 (1894)

The Congo Free State (État indépendant du Congo,  meaning “Independent State of the Congo”, in French, or Kongo-Vrijstaat in Dutch) was a large state in Central Africa from 1885 to 1908, which was in personal union with the Kingdom of Belgium under Leopold II. Leopold was able to procure the region by convincing the European community that he was involved in humanitarian and philanthropic work … Continue reading Congo Free State #24 (1894)