According to Wikipedia, a vacation is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. In the United Kingdom, the word vacation once specifically referred to the long summer break taken by the law courts and then later the term was applied to universities. The custom was introduced by William the Conqueror … Continue reading A Thousand and One Posts…Going on Vacation!
In preparing for an article about Zagreb for my postcard blog, I realized that I hadn’t yet profiled the current Republic of Croatia (Republika Hrvatska) for A Stamp A Day. A previous ASAD article dealt with the short-lived (1941-194x) German and Italian puppet state known as the Independent State of Croatia (Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, or NDH). The current Constitution of Croatia does not even officially … Continue reading Republic of Croatia – Scott #597 (2005): Baltazar Adam Krčelić
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)
The Kingdom of Serbia (Краљевина Србија — Kraljevina Srbija), often rendered as Servia in English sources during the time of its existence, was created when Prince Milan I of Serbia, ruler of the Principality of Serbia, was proclaimed king in 1882. It was located in south-eastern Europe bounded by Romania and Bulgaria to the east, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire to the north, Greece to the south, … Continue reading Kingdom of Serbia #69 (1903)
The Principality of Montenegro (Књажевина Црнa Горa — Knjaževina Crna Gora in Serbian) was a former realm in Southeastern Europe that existed from March 13, 1852, to August 28, 1910. It was then proclaimed a kingdom by Nikola I, who then became king. The capital was Cetinje and the Montenegrin perper was used as state currency from 1906. The territory corresponded to the central area of modern … Continue reading Montenegro #J19 (1907)
The Independent State of Croatia (Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, or NDH) was a World War II puppet state of Germany and Italy founded on April 10, 1941, after the invasion of Yugoslavia by the Axis powers. The NDH encompassed most of modern-day Croatia, all of Bosnia and Herzegovina, part of modern-day Serbia, and a small portion of modern-day Slovenia in the Municipality of Brežice. It bordered the … Continue reading Independent State of Croatia #B35 (1943)
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)