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?”
We have reached the end of 2018 as well as A Stamp A Day’s “A Month of Christmas” series which never really strayed from the topic (Kwanzaa is a Christmas alternative and the Apollo 8 mission occurred over the holiday and is notable for its Christmas Eve message from lunar orbit). While I examined a host of traditions which focused more on modern United States … Continue reading Новый Год / Novy God (Russian New Year Celebration)