Millard Fillmore: One of the Worst U.S. Presidents?

Millard Fillmore was born January 7, 1800, in a log cabin on a farm in what is now Moravia, Cayuga County, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. His parents were Phoebe (Millard) and Nathaniel Fillmore — he was the second of eight children and the oldest son. Nathaniel Fillmore was the son of Nathaniel Fillmore Sr. (1739-1814), a native of Franklin, Connecticut, who … Continue reading Millard Fillmore: One of the Worst U.S. Presidents?

King Juan Carlos I of Spain

On January 5, 1938, Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias — later Juan Carlos I, reigning as King of Spain from November 22, 1975, until his abdication on June 19, 2014 — was born to Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. He was born in Rome, Italy, where members of the Spanish royal family lived … Continue reading King Juan Carlos I of Spain

Introduction of the euro Currency

Thankfully, today I only have one anniversary with an appropriate stamp (and just one stamp at that). I’m thankful because what I tried last night took a great deal of time and effort. I don’t think I will repeat that format until this blog goes to the planned weekly format, starting in late March. It was twenty years ago today that, for the first time … Continue reading Introduction of the euro Currency

The Birth Anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien

There are many days where it can be difficult to find a single stamp in my collection to match an anniversary of an event, a birth, or occasionally a death on a particular date. When this occurs, I usually pick a “random stamp” portraying something not usually associated with a date such as an animal, fruit or place. However, there are days when I need … Continue reading The Birth Anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien

National Science Fiction Day – The First Men in the Moon

National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States each year on January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. I grew up on science fiction — both novels and classic movies — and my favorite author in the genre remains Asimov. In fact, when I was in my teens I … Continue reading National Science Fiction Day – The First Men in the Moon

Welcome to the Year of the Pig 2019 / ยินดีต้อนรับสู่ปีกุน 2562 [Updated Images 2019-01-05]

A new year brings many things — new hopes, new dreams, new goals, new resolutions, and much more. I had hoped to start 2019 (or 2562 by the Buddhist calendar used in Thailand) with a new stamp but it wasn’t to be. Thailand loves to issue stamps on dates when the post offices throughout most of the nation are closed. That is, except for Bangkok … Continue reading Welcome to the Year of the Pig 2019 / ยินดีต้อนรับสู่ปีกุน 2562 [Updated Images 2019-01-05]