International Left Handers Day

August 13 is observed annually as International Left Handers Day ito celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. I have been a “southpaw” for most of my life, so I this is a holiday that I whole-heartedly support.  The day was first observed in the year 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. who created it to bring attention … Continue reading International Left Handers Day

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

Yugoslav Kingdom #5 (1921)

The State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (Država Slovenaca, Hrvata i Srba — Држава Словенаца, Хрвата и Срба in Serbo-Croatian and Država Slovencev, Hrvatov in Srbov in Slovene) was a short-lived entity formed at the end of World War I by Slovenes, Croats and Serbs residing in what were the southernmost parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Although internationally unrecognized, this was the first incarnation of a Yugoslav state and had been founded on the Pan-Slavic ideology behind the initiative. A month after it … Continue reading Yugoslav Kingdom #5 (1921)

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)