Chulalongkorn Day 2018 / 2561 วันปิยมหาราช

Today — October 23 — is the national holiday of Wan Piya Maharat (วันปิยมหาราช) or Chulalongkorn Day. It marks the anniversary of the death of King Chulalongkorn, known in the West as King Rama V, the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri. His full name as king was Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) but … Continue reading Chulalongkorn Day 2018 / 2561 วันปิยมหาราช

National Stamp Collecting Month: Stamp Catalogues – Print & Online

Stamp catalogues are the primary tool used by serious collectors to organize their collections, and for the identification and valuation of stamps. These list postage stamp types with descriptions — usually accompanied by illustrations — and prices. Most stamp shops have stamp catalogues available for purchase. A few catalogues are offered on-line, either free or for a fee. There are hundreds of different catalogues, most specializing … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Stamp Catalogues – Print & Online

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Swiss Post Bus System

In the early twentieth century, earlier forms of postal transport began to be replaced by regular road-borne service. In the United States, many Railway Post Office (RPO) trains began to be withdrawn from service and the U.S. Post Office Department experimented with the distribution of mail on large buses. These brightly colored red, white and blue Highway Post Office buses were equipped similarly to the … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Swiss Post Bus System

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Magnifying Glass

Most lists of useful stamp collecting tools include some form of magnifying glass or loupe as essential to the collector. This is the primary tool for examining condition and authenticity of any stamp or philatelic material, particularly when at stamp shows or visiting your local stamp dealer. Philatelic writer Michael Baadke once wrote “though a magnifier doesn’t protect stamps from damage, it can protect you … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Magnifying Glass

The Siege and Surrender at Yorktown

On October 19, 1781, British peer and Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the three-week Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, German Battle or the Siege of Little York. This was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over … Continue reading The Siege and Surrender at Yorktown

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Pillar Box

Earlier this month, A Stamp A Day examined the history and use of post boxes and letter boxes for sending and receiving mail. Today, we look at the type of free-standing post box known as the pillar box. They are found in the United Kingdom and in most former nations of the British Empire, members of the Commonwealth of Nations and British overseas territories, such as Australia, Cyprus, … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Pillar Box

The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga

The surrender on October 17, 1777, of the British General John Burgoyne on the battlefield near what became the village of Stillwater in Saratoga County, New York, was a turning point in the American Revolutionary War that prevented the British from dividing New England from the rest of the colonies. This gave a decisive victory to the Americans over the British. General Burgoyne had led … Continue reading The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Butterfield Overland Mail

In a recent article on A Stamp A Day detailing he history of the mail coach, the best known United States stage system — the Butterfield Overland Mail — was only briefly mentioned. Officially called the Overland Mail Company, this was a stagecoach service in the United States operating from 1858 to 1861. It carried passengers and U.S. Mail from two eastern termini, Memphis, Tennessee, and St. … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Butterfield Overland Mail