Lithuania (Michel #1300): Lithuanian Flag Day

First of all, let me wish all of you faithful readers of A Stamp A Day a very hearty “Happy New Year”. In 2020, I plan to focus my collecting and stamp blogging activities almost exclusively to New Issues which will be covered by my other blog, Philatelic Pursuits. Whatever posts I may make to ASAD will most likely be of more recent stamps although … Continue reading Lithuania (Michel #1300): Lithuanian Flag Day

Fridolin of Säckingen and the Battle of Näfels

Saint Fridolin, otherwise Fridolin of Säckingen is a legendary Irish missionary, apostle of the Alamanni and founder of the Roman Catholic Säckingen Abbey on the Upper Rhine at Bad Säckingen in what is now the German state of Baden-Württemberg. He is also the patron saint of Glarus, a canton in east central Switzerland. His oldest Vita is dated to the 10th or 11th century. Later … Continue reading Fridolin of Säckingen and the Battle of Näfels

Washington’s Cruisers and Their Flag

June 14 each year is marked in the United States as National Flag Day. Last year, A Stamp A Day covered the history of Flag Day as well as gave the stories behind several of the early “national” flags of the Union. One of my favorite topicals to collect are flags on stamps, particularly the less-commonly seen banners from colonial American history. ASAD previously detailed … Continue reading Washington’s Cruisers and Their Flag

Thomas Warner and the Caribbean’s First British Colony

On January 28, 1623,  Sir Thomas Warner established the first British colony in the Caribbean on the island of Saint Kitts, also known more formally as Saint Christopher Island. Two years later, in 1625, French captain Pierre Belain d’Esnambuc, commanding a 14-gun brigantine with a crew of 40, arrived on the island following a run-in with the Spanish Armada and were allowed to settle on the island. Thus, Saint … Continue reading Thomas Warner and the Caribbean’s First British Colony

New Mexico’s State Flag

Today is the 106th anniversary of New Mexico Statehood. New Mexico (Nuevo México in Spanish or Yootó Hahoodzo in Navajo) was admitted to the United States as its 47th state on January 6, 1912, having been a Territory since September 9, 1850. Occupying 121,412 square miles (314,460 km²) of land in the southwest region of the U.S.A., it is often incorrectly believed to have taken its name from … Continue reading New Mexico’s State Flag

Happy 100th Birthday, Thai Tricolor Flag

On September 28, 1917, the Rattanakosin Kingdom (popularly known then as Siam and renamed Thailand in 1939), adopted the current national flag consisting of shows five horizontal stripes in the colors red, white, blue, white and red, with the central blue stripe being twice as wide as each of the other four. In Thai, the flag is called Thong Trairong (ธงไตรรงค์), meaning “tricolor flag”. Beginning in … Continue reading Happy 100th Birthday, Thai Tricolor Flag

The Star Spangled Banner

On September 14, 1814, 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key began writing a poem he called “Defence of Fort M’Henry” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag known as the Star-Spangled Banner flying triumphantly above … Continue reading The Star Spangled Banner