King Kamehameha I: His Life, His Statues, His Holiday (and A Few Stamps)

Each year on June 11, the U.S. state of Hawaii celebrates the public holiday of King Kamehameha I Dayi. It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaiʻi — comprising the Hawaiian Islands of Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The holiday was first observed in 1872. Today, King Kamehameha I Day is treated with elaborate … Continue reading King Kamehameha I: His Life, His Statues, His Holiday (and A Few Stamps)

The Death of Dickens: An Examination of His Characters and Reputation

Charles Dickens is right at the top of my list of favorite writers (I usually place him either even with or just below Samuel L. Clemons AKA Mark Twain). I took a look at the life of Dickens with a bit of a philatelic tribute on his birth anniversary in 2019, showcasing a few stamps and covers along with a brief biography. With 2020 marking … Continue reading The Death of Dickens: An Examination of His Characters and Reputation

United States #1245: John Muir

John Muir was born in Scotland on 21 April 1838. Also known as “John of the Mountains” and “Father of the National Parks”,he was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by … Continue reading United States #1245: John Muir

Who Was Turdakun Usubaliev?

Kyrgyzstan: Turdakun Usubaliev, 05 November 2019. Image from GULFMANN STAMPS WORLD.

First, I have a confession to make. I do not actually own any of the philatelic items depicted in today’s article.  I discovered them on another blog dedicated to new issues in my endless quest for interesting stamps.  As I often do, I wondered, “Who is this person?”  The fact that the stamp pictured above is being released by one of the two postal operators in Kyrgyzstan on this very day — 5 November 2019 — prompted me to find out with the aim of putting together A Stamp A Day’s first article in quite some time.

My only real connection to the issuing entity itself is that my company employed a Kyrgyz national last year whom I trained to work at our various English camps.  His homeland is an intriguing place so let us begin with a bit of background before we get to the subject of today’s stamp. Continue reading “Who Was Turdakun Usubaliev?”

Post #997: Natalicio de Benito Juárez

March 21 is celebrated each year in México as Natalicio de Benito Juárez (Birth of Benito Juárez) to commemorate President Benito Juárez’s birthday on March 21, 1806. Juárez is popularly regarded as an exemplary politician because of his liberal policies that, among other things, defined the traditionally strict separation of the church and the Mexican state. Article 74 of the Mexican labor law (Ley Federal … Continue reading Post #997: Natalicio de Benito Juárez

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

Michelangelo: Painter, Sculptor, Architect

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni — more commonly known solely by his first name Michelangelo — was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, known today as Caprese Michelangelo, a small town situated in Valtiberina, near Arezzo, Tuscany. He would become an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the … Continue reading Michelangelo: Painter, Sculptor, Architect

Learn from Lei Feng Day

March 5 in the People’s Republic of China is marked as Learn From Lei Feng Day (向雷锋同志学习 / 向雷鋒同志學習), This is a propaganda campaign encouraging imitation of Comrade Lei Feng, a young People’s Liberation Army soldier who died at age 22. Lei Feng was held up as an example of communist ideals, including a strong work ethic, self-sacrificing nature, and unquestioning dedication to Mao Zedong … Continue reading Learn from Lei Feng Day