Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

April 6 in Thailand is marked as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์), or simply Chakri Day (วันจักรี — Wan Chakkri) which commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782, detailed on A Stamp A Day last year. This year, I have found several events that occurred on this date … Continue reading Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

Henry Morton Stanley

On March 21, 1871, Henry Morton Stanley began his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Stanley was a Welsh-American journalist and explorer who was famous for his exploration of central Africa. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” He is also known for his search for the source of the Nile, his work in enabling the plundering of the … Continue reading Henry Morton Stanley

Agadir

Agadir (ⴰⴳⴰⴷⵉⵔ in Berber or أغادير in Arabic) is a city in mid-southern Morocco located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, just north of the point where the Sus River flows into the ocean. It is 508 kilometers south of Casablanca and is the capital of the Agadir Ida-U-Tanan Prefecture and of the Sus-Massa economic region. The … Continue reading Agadir

Victoria Falls Bridge

Victoria Falls has previously been featured on A Stamp A Day but what about the famous bridge? The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River just below Victoria Falls and is built over the Second Gorge of the falls. As the river is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the bridge links the two countries and has border posts on the approaches to both ends, at … Continue reading Victoria Falls Bridge

Batetela Drummers of Belgian Congo

The history and culture of the African continent has long fascinated me, particularly the 19th century colonial “Scramble for Africa.” This was due in equal parts to obtaining my mother’s childhood stamp collection when I was around 10 years old and my dad introducing me to the works of L. Rider Haggard at around the same time. Thus, my collections have always contained a fair … Continue reading Batetela Drummers of Belgian Congo

Zanzibar and Tanzania #330 (1965)

In my collection titled “Stamps From (Almost) Everywhere” (SFAEW), I usually count separate stamp-issuing entities based upon the inscriptions upon the stamps themselves (however, I’m still not sure whether to divide my stamps inscribed BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS from the earlier issues inscribed just VIRGIN ISLANDS as everything else is the same). I can usually find information (at least enough for a “Stamp A Day” article) … Continue reading Zanzibar and Tanzania #330 (1965)

Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s a “random stamp” day and I chose this 1935 issue from the combined entity of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika portraying Mount Kilimanjaro. Back in my younger days when I dreamt of becoming a mountaineer, I thought that Kilimanjaro would be the easiest of the continental highest peaks (the “Seven Summits”) to climb. Unfortunately, the nearest I got to the region was an archaeological trip … Continue reading Mount Kilimanjaro