UNESCO and the World Heritage Site at Kotor

Until just a couple of months ago, I did not know that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), or Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture as it is called in French, has issued its own postage stamps since 1961. These are valid for postage only on mail posted from UNESCO Headquarters or Maison de l’UNESCO at number … Continue reading UNESCO and the World Heritage Site at Kotor

Italian East Africa #1 (1938)

Italian East Africa #1 (1938)

Italian East Africa (Africa Orientale Italiana) was an Italian colony in the Horn of Africa. The dominion was formed on January 15, 1936, after the Second Italo-Abyssinian War that resulted in the annexation of the Ethiopian Empire by Fascist Italy, by merging the pre-existing colonies of Italian Somaliland and Italian Eritrea with the newly conquered territory. When established in 1936, Italian East Africa (the other Italian colony … Continue reading Italian East Africa #1 (1938)

Ethiopia #121 (1919)

Ethiopia (Abyssinia) #121 (1919)

The Ethiopian Empire (የኢትዮጵያ ንጉሠ ነገሥት መንግሥተ), also known as Abyssinia (a Europeanized form of the Arabic al-Habash), was a kingdom that spanned a geographical area covered by the northern half of Ethiopia. It existed from approximately 1137 (the beginning of the Zagwe dynasty) until 1974, when the Solomonic dynasty was overthrown in a coup d’état. Following the British occupation of Egypt in 1882, Ethiopia and … Continue reading Ethiopia (Abyssinia) #121 (1919)

Italian Colony of Eritrea #158 (1934)

Italian Colony of Eritrea #158 (1934)

The Italian Colony of Eritrea (Colonie Italiane Eritrea) was formally proclaimed on January 1, 1890,  although the first Italian settlements in the area were established in 1882 around Assab. Along with Ethiopia and Italian Somaliland, it became part of Italian East Africa in 1936. The British occupied the area from 1941 until 1952, while the Italians gave up the colony in 1947 when it was federated with Ethiopia. … Continue reading Italian Colony of Eritrea #158 (1934)