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

Chinese New Year 2019 / วันตรุษจีน 2562 ประวัติวันตรุษจีน

Happy Chinese New Year! Thailand, and particularly places like Phuket where I live, has a very large Thai-Chinese population stemming from migrations in the late 19th century who arrived to work in the tin mines. My tiny lane just to the north of the historical district of the provincial capital has several Chinese clan shrines which have been setting off fireworks every hour since yesterday … Continue reading Chinese New Year 2019 / วันตรุษจีน 2562 ประวัติวันตรุษจีน

The Real Robinson Crusoe is Rescued!

On February 2, 1709, Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer Alexander Selkirk was rescued by Duke, a privateering ship piloted by William Dampier, and its sailing companion Duchess, after being marooned by his captain on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. After four years and four months without human company, Selkirk was almost incoherent with joy. Selkirk had become adept at hunting and … Continue reading The Real Robinson Crusoe is Rescued!

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was formed on February 1, 1920, by the merger of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP), founded in 1873, with the Dominion Police founded in 1868. The former was originally named the North West Mounted Police (NWMP), and was given the Royal prefix by King Edward VII in 1904. Much of the present-day organization’s symbolism has been inherited from … Continue reading Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was born in Himmelpfortgrund (now a part of Alsergrund), Vienna, Archduchy of Austria on January 31, 1797, and baptized in the Catholic Church the following day. Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred … Continue reading Franz Schubert

Claude Lorrain and the Seaport at Sunset

Arriving at today’s stamp was a bit of a process. First of all, I rejected all of the anniversaries I came across using Wikipedia’s Days of the Year category as resoundingly too gruesome (for those topics discarded, please see my “Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-04” article on Philatelic Pursuits). The one anniversary for this date that interested me even remotely was one for which I didn’t have … Continue reading Claude Lorrain and the Seaport at Sunset

King Henry VII of England

On January 28, 1457, Henry VII was born at Pembroke Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on January 28, 1457, to Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond. His father, Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, died three months before his birth. He was the King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizure of the crown on August 22, 1485, to his death on April 21, 1509. … Continue reading King Henry VII of England