Ukraine - Christmas (2014)

Ukraine – Christmas 2014

Christmas in August? Well, it is very hot in Thailand right now. . . plus, this is the only stamp I own from the post-1991 independent republic of Ukraine (Україна — Ukraina), aside from a few on-cover definitives. I happen to like Christmas stamps as a topical, so there you go. Sometimes called the Ukraine, it is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia … Continue reading Ukraine – Christmas 2014

Turkey #C13 (1949)

Turkey #C13 (1949)

The Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti in Turkish), is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, 97 percent in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe separated by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, parliamentary republic with a diverse cultural heritage. It is bordered by eight countries: Greece and Bulgaria to … Continue reading Turkey #C13 (1949)

Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

Today’s entry is a bit unusual in that it concerns a stamp-issuing entity that wasn’t a country, territory or a colony. In fact, it wasn’t a place at all but a family. The Tasso family began providing mail courier services for Italian city-states in the 13th century. By the 16th century, they had a monopoly on postal services, operating a network of postal routes in Spain, … Continue reading Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

Switzerland #569 (1974)

Switzerland #569 (1974)

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation (Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft in German, Confédération suisse in French, Confederazione Svizzera in Italian, Confederaziun svizra in Romansh, and Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin), is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. Extending across the north and south side of the Alps in west-central Europe, Switzerland encompasses a great diversity of landscapes and climates in a limited … Continue reading Switzerland #569 (1974)

Sweden #749 (1971)

Sweden #749 (1971)

The Kingdom of Sweden (Konungariket Sverige in Swedish) is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. To the west is the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna), a range that separates Sweden from Norway. Finland is located to its north-east. It has maritime borders … Continue reading Sweden #749 (1971)

Spain #1698 (1972)

Spain #1698 (1972)

The Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España in Spanish), is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with two large archipelagos, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands off the North African Atlantic coast, two cities, Ceuta and Melilla, in the North African mainland and several small islands in the Alboran Sea near the Moroccan coast. On the … Continue reading Spain #1698 (1972)

Slovakia #29 (1939)

Slovakia #29 (1939)

Slovakia (Slovensko), officially the Slovak Republic (Slovenská Republika), is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, and Hungary to the south. Slovakia’s territory spans about 19,000 square miles (49,000 square kilometers) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5 million and comprises mostly ethnic Slovaks. The capital … Continue reading Slovakia #29 (1939)

San Marino #615 (1965)

San Marino #615 (1966)

The Republic of San Marino (Repubblica di San Marino), also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino (Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino), is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. It is on the border between the regioni of Emilia Romagna and Marche and about 6.21 miles (10 km) from the … Continue reading San Marino #615 (1966)