From the Stamp Collection of Mark Jochim

From the Stamp Collection of Mark Jochim

Welcome to A Stamp A Day, a blog where I attempt to highlight a single stamp spotlighting a different stamp issuing entity from my collection on each and every day.  Occasionally, the alphabetic format is broken by a holiday or topic that I would like to bring attention to.

As for myself, my name is Mark Jochim and I have collected stamps off and on for more than forty years.  I grew up in the United States but moved to southern Thailand more than ten years ago.  My collections in the States centered around the classic period of 1840-1940 Great Britain and the United States.  I also had a few other country collections, namely Åland, the Faroe Islands, and Pitcairn Island.

Since my relocation to Thailand, I have dabbled in Thai stamps but my main concentration at the moment is what I call “Stamps From (Almost) Everywhere”.  I had set out with a printed “A Stamp From Everywhere” album but quickly realized that the most difficult part was choosing just ONE stamp to include from each place.  I began designing my own album pages to include a sampling of available issues from each stamp issuer, which makes for nicer-appearing pages and allows me to show different eras, etc.

I write about these collections on another blog — Philatelic Pursuits — but found that my writings were becoming rather sporadic.  My job as a teacher intrudes much of the time and I often have to force myself to decide on something to write.  That is why, at the beginning of July, I started the A Stamp A Day blog.  The idea was to go back to the single stamp from each place format with the daily choice limited to those stamps already in my collection.  It is a great motivator to always know what the next day’s entry will be about.  I had planned on very brief descriptions but the entries keep getting longer.  I love doing the research.  It is, at times, difficult to include which stamp to include from certain countries however.

One note:  I tend to prefer the terms “stamp issuer” or “issuing entity” as many stamps have been released by organizations (the United Nations, for example), occupying forces (Russian Army of the North, to name one), etc.  I use the term “countries” interchangeably when it’s clear I’m referring to a group rather than an individual issuer.

While I don’t yet have a stamp from everywhere (and some I will never obtain due to limited finances or excessive elusiveness), I am working on it.  Where I have gaps, I will either skip to the next entity or write about a thematic stamp that I want to share.  Other breaks will be for major holidays — heavy on American observances (my birthplace) and Thai celebrations (my current home) but including others that I have an appropriate stamp for.

I hope you enjoy reading A Stamp A Day as much as I enjoy writing it.