Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria,  Archduke of Austria-Este, Austro-Hungarian and Royal Prince of Hungary and of Bohemia and, from 1896 until his death, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne was born on this day, December 18, in 1863. His assassination in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, precipitated Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against Serbia which caused the Central Powers (including Germany and Austria-Hungary) and Serbia’s … Continue reading Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Bosnia and Herzegovina #B15 (1917)

Bosnia and Herzegovina #B15 (1917)

NOTE: Historically and philatelicly, today’s article deals solely to end of World War I. following which Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the South Slav Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (soon renamed Yugoslavia). The post-1992 history, including independence from Yugoslavia and the succeeding stamps issued by three separate postal authorities (corresponding with the ethnic and administrative division of the country), will be dealt with in future articles once I … Continue reading Bosnia and Herzegovina #B15 (1917)

Austrian Offices in the Turkish Empire #7F (1876)

Austrian Offices in the Turkish Empire #7F (1876)

The Ottoman Empire (Devlet-i Aliyye-i Osmâniyye — دَوْلَتِ عَلِيّهٔ عُثمَانِیّه‎,), also known as the Turkish Empire, Ottoman Turkey or simply Turkey, was founded in 1299 by Oghuz Turks under Osman I in northwestern Anatolia. After conquests in the Balkans by Murad I between 1362 and 1389, the Ottoman sultanate was transformed into a transcontinental empire and claimant to the caliphate. The Ottomans ended the Byzantine Empire … Continue reading Austrian Offices in the Turkish Empire #7F (1876)