The Seal of St. Vincent Colony

For a long time, my collection held but a solitary stamp from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. That stamp was featured on the colony’s stamp issuers article back in June 2017. I recently sought to add more and purchased a small “mystery” mixed lot of St. Vincent stamps. However, only three were inscribed thusly. One sheet of eight stamps bore the inscription St. Vincent … Continue reading The Seal of St. Vincent Colony

The Assassination of Julius Caesar

On March 15, 44 BC — the Ides of March — Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by several Roman senators. The assassination of Caesar was the result of a conspiracy by many senators led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, and Marcus Junius Brutus. They stabbed Caesar (23 times) to death in a location adjacent to the … Continue reading The Assassination of Julius Caesar

Birth of Einstein, Death of Hawking

Today, the 990th blog entry on A Stamp A Day, features two of my personal heroes — one of whom I had the pleasure to hear lecture and meet afterwards. The Isle of Man honored both great scientists in one stamp set issued in 2016 and so it is the perfect match for today’s article. Due to combining the two anniversaries along with limited time … Continue reading Birth of Einstein, Death of Hawking

The Dory

A dory is a small, shallow-draft boat, about 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters) long. It is usually a lightweight boat with high sides, a flat bottom and sharp bows. They are easy to build because of their simple lines. For centuries, dories have been used as traditional fishing boats, both in coastal waters and in the open sea. Strictly speaking, the only … Continue reading The Dory

Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival

Bon Om Touk (បុណ្យអុំទូក in Khmer), or the Cambodian Water Festival, is celebrated each year to mark the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. Visitors from every town and province travel to Phnom Penh to watch boat races along the Sisowath Quay and attend free concerts in the evenings. For three days, workers from every province join with the city’s residents to … Continue reading Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival

The Mining Disaster at Courrières

The Courrières mine disaster, Europe’s worst mining accident, caused the death of 1,099 miners in northern France on March 10, 1906. This disaster was surpassed only by the Benxihu Colliery accident in China on April 26, 1942, which killed 1,549 miners. A coaldust explosion, the cause of which is not known with certainty, devastated a coal mine operated by the Compagnie des mines de houille … Continue reading The Mining Disaster at Courrières