Post #996: The Grenadines of St. Vincent

There have been two articles on A Stamp A Day about the British colony of St. Vincent and one about the independent St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Today’s featured stamp adds another issuing entity to the ASAD roster, that of The Grenadines of St. Vincent (although it the stamps for both are released under the direction of the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation). The Grenadines are a … Continue reading Post #996: The Grenadines of St. Vincent

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Mickey’s School of Education

While I have had a stamp of the British Colony of St. Vincent in my collection for quite a while, it was only recently that I received one inscribed with the full independent name of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The country achieved its independence from the British Commonwealth on October 27, 1979, but the first stamps with such a printed inscription weren’t released until … Continue reading St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Mickey’s School of Education

Ross Dependency, Scott Base, and HMNZS Endeavour

The Ross Dependency is a region of Antarctica defined by a sector originating at the South Pole, passing along longitudes 160° east to 150° west, and terminating at latitude 60° south. It is claimed by New Zealand. Since the Antarctic Treaty came into force in 1961, Article IV of which states: “No acts or activities taking place while the present Treaty is in force shall … Continue reading Ross Dependency, Scott Base, and HMNZS Endeavour

UNESCO and the World Heritage Site at Kotor

Until just a couple of months ago, I did not know that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), or Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture as it is called in French, has issued its own postage stamps since 1961. These are valid for postage only on mail posted from UNESCO Headquarters or Maison de l’UNESCO at number … Continue reading UNESCO and the World Heritage Site at Kotor

The Federated States of Micronesia & the Last Raider of the Confederate States of America Navy

Adding new stamp-issuing entities to my collection is a rare event lately as my current interests are focused away from my “Stamps From (Almost) Everywhere” collection. In fact, the most recent new issuers added were the Comoros Islands in January, the Commonwealth of Dominica (as opposed to the Colony) in December, and the Free City of Danzig in September 2018. Before that, the most recently … Continue reading The Federated States of Micronesia & the Last Raider of the Confederate States of America Navy

Comoros Islands - Michel #605 (1980)

The Conquest of Mecca

The conquest of Mecca (فتح مكة‎ — fatḥ makkah) refers to the event when Mecca was conquered by Muslims led by Muhammad on a date generally accepted as 18 Ramadan 8 AH or January 10, 630 AD, when converted to the Julian calendar. In 628, the Meccan tribe of Quraysh and the Muslim community in Medina had signed a 10-year truce called the Treaty of … Continue reading The Conquest of Mecca

The Free City of Danzig

The Free City of Danzig (Freie Stadt Danzig in German and Wolne Miasto Gdańsk in Polish) was a semi-autonomous city-state that existed between 1920 and 1939, consisting of the Baltic Sea port of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) and the major cities of Zoppot (Sopot), Oliva (Oliwa), Tiegenhof (Nowy Dwór Gdański), Neuteich (Nowy Staw) plus some 252 villages and 63 hamlets, covering a total area of … Continue reading The Free City of Danzig