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

Franz Grillparzer

On January 15, 1791 Franz Grillparzer was born in Vienna, Austria. He was a writer who is chiefly known for his dramas. He devoted especial attention to the Spanish drama, and nearly all his writings bear marks of the influence of Calderón. He also wrote the oration for Ludwig van Beethoven’s funeral. His father, E. J. Grillparzer, was a severe pedant and a staunch upholder … Continue reading Franz Grillparzer

Gasherbrum II and the 1956 Austrian Karakoram Expedition

Gasherbrum II (گاشر برم -2‬‎ in Urdu); surveyed as K4, is the 13th highest mountain in the world at 26,362 feet (8,035 meters) above sea level, located in the Karakoram — the world’s second highest mountain range which spans the borders of Pakistan, India, and China, extending to Afghanistan and Tajikistan in its northwest extremity. The mountain was first climbed on July 7, 1956, by an … Continue reading Gasherbrum II and the 1956 Austrian Karakoram Expedition

Mozart’s Linz Symphony

On November 4, 1783, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 was performed for the first time in Linz, Austria. The Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425, (known as the Linz Symphony) was written by Mozart during a stopover in the Austrian town on his and his wife’s way back home to Vienna from Salzburg in late 1783. The entire symphony was written in … Continue reading Mozart’s Linz Symphony

National Stamp Collecting Month: A Brief History of the Mail

Long before stamps and those who collected these bits of paper, there was the mail and the hearty souls who carried and delivered it. The history of using a mail service or courier service to pass messages from one person in one place to another person in another place has most likely been occurring since the invention of writing. Appropriately enough, today’s stamp was issued on … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: A Brief History of the Mail

Vienna Burgtheater

The Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theatre), originally known as K.K. Theater an der Burg, then until 1918 as the K.K. Hofburgtheater, is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world. The Burgtheater was created in 1741 and has become known as “die Burg” by the Viennese population; its theatre company of more or less regular members … Continue reading Vienna Burgtheater

United Nations Office at Vienna – International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization

The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) is one of the four major UN office sites where several different UN agencies have a joint presence. The office complex is located in Vienna, the capital of Austria, and is part of the Vienna International Centre, a cluster of several major international organizations. The UNOV was established on 1 January 1980, and was the third such office … Continue reading United Nations Office at Vienna – International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization

The First Car?

Perhaps the single element of stamp collecting that I enjoy the most is that I am constantly learning new and interesting things with the stamps as my teachers. My knowledge of geography, history, personages both obscure and well-known, and technology have all been enhanced if not outright derived from my love of philately. All it takes is some design element printed on these tiny bits … Continue reading The First Car?