Huckleberry Finn

On February 18, 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published in the United States after initially being published in the United Kingdom and Canada on December 10, 1884. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the … Continue reading Huckleberry Finn

Charles Dickens: A Philatelic Tribute on His Birthday

Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, at 1 Mile End Terrace (now 393 Commercial Road), Landport in Portsea Island (Portsmouth), the second of eight children of Elizabeth Dickens (née Barrow; 1789–1863) and John Dickens (1785–1851). His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. He asked Christopher Huffam, rigger to His Majesty’s Navy, … Continue reading Charles Dickens: A Philatelic Tribute on His Birthday


Today is the first “random stamp day” of the New Year. In fact, it’s the first such entry since the end of November 2018. This is a day on which I cannot match a single anniversary (event, birthday, etc.) with a stamp in my collection. For example, on this date in 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense which advocated independence from Great Britain to people … Continue reading Pinnochio

National Science Fiction Day – The First Men in the Moon

National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States each year on January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. I grew up on science fiction — both novels and classic movies — and my favorite author in the genre remains Asimov. In fact, when I was in my teens I … Continue reading National Science Fiction Day – The First Men in the Moon